[Alt-photo] To wax or not to wax?

Bruce McCaughey steelbar at shaw.ca
Wed Dec 6 18:09:49 UTC 2017


Where does one get lavender oil? I have seen it at a few places but it tends to be very expensive. Do I just need to bite the bullet and pay it.
Thanks
Bruce


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> On Dec 6, 2017, at 1:32 AM, Brittonie via Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org> wrote:
> 
> I sometimes use a renaissance wax it can give the illusion of increased d max
> 
> Also use with my calotypes. 
> 
> Doesn't smell as nice as bees wax and lavender but it's what I hear museums use.
> 
> 
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>> On 6 Dec 2017, at 08:40, Victor Malakhov via Alt-photo-process-list <alt-photo-process-list at lists.altphotolist.org> wrote:
>> 
>> Hi Rob,
>> 
>> I sometimes wax my cyanos in order to get glossier, clearer image with
>> better  micro  contrasts.  There  is  actually no need to increase the
>> permanence of a cyano, it's long living enough. But still you will get
>> some  more protection and stability of the surface. The only point you
>> have  to  consider: the cerate coat will tone your image slightly warm
>> and  is  quite  prone  to  dust  and other impurities which are flying
>> around and can be attracted by the coat.
>> 
>> I make my cerate for coating by myself, for that you need the best and
>> clearest beewax (cera), turpentine and damar resin. I can give you the
>> precise recipe later if you need. Or you can just look it up in one of
>> the  books  by  Peter  Mrhar,  I  think it was in the book to the salt
>> prints.
>> 
>> The finish mixture is kind of a soft paste, which you can easily apply
>> to  the picture's surface with a piece of clear cotton cloth formed to
>> a  ball.  Then  I  polish  it with a second ball or even with a harder
>> brush - just like you would do it with your shoes :)
>> 
>> best,
>> Victor
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> Hi All,
>> 
>>> I was wondering what folks think about waxing prints. Does it make
>>> a difference to the image either visually or to its permanence? If
>>> you recommend it, what is your process?
>> 
>>> Thanks
>> 
>>> Rob
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