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Tintype Process - Relic Fine Art

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Melanie Burnell Rapp

on 20 March 2018

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Tintype Process
A big thanks to Patrick Andrade for leading a fabulous workshop on the Tintype Process!
www.relicfineart.com
The Process
Prep the plate
Focus your subject
Focus and pose your subject while the silver nitrate is coating the plate.
Expose
After you put the plate in the Holga:
Put the Holga on the tripod.
Make sure all of the studio lights are on, and the shades are up.
Take the lens cap off for 28 seconds (use timer).
Bring the Holga back to the darkroom.
Close the door and make sure all of the lights are off. Red light can be on.

The Wet Collodion Process
Tintype Process
Chemistry & Materials
The Darkroom
Red Light
Silver Coat Container
Tray for developer
Tray for plain water
Dish racks
Safety Notes
Protect your eyes with goggles!

Wear gloves, apron, mask.
The collodion mixture needs to be aged at least one day before use.
Peel the protective film off of the plate/substrate.
"Flow the plate" with collodion mixture.
Cover entire plate.
Dip the plate into the silver nitrate mix (3-5 minutes).
Wipe off back of plate.
Place inside the Holga, Collodion side down.
Develop
Measure 10 ml of the developer.
Poor quickly and evenly on the plate.
Wait about 10 seconds.
You want the image to be showing up.
If you wait too long, it will get "milky" looking.
Run under water to stop developing.
Fixer
Place the plate in a tray of the fixer.
Keep in fixer until image goes from negative to positive, and you can see all details (and it looks the way you want it to). Approximately 2 minutes.
Water
Rinse under running water for a minute, then place in tray of water for about 30 minutes. Afterwards, set to dry on drying rack.
Varnish
After the plate is dry, you start the varnish process.
Heat the varnish in a glass beaker.
It should be "blood warm."
Heat the plate until "blood warm."
Evenly coat the plate with varnish.
You can coat two times. Set to dry.
TIPS
Books:
"The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes"
by Christopher James
"Chemical Pictures" has recipes

Artist Giles Clement
Artist Mark Sink
Tricks
Exposure needs to be adjusted based on aperture and lighting situation.

Try different lighting: Butterfly, Rembrandt, etc.

If it's hot (over 80 degrees), add more alcohol to your developer.

Suppliers:
Bostick & Sullivan (Dana - tell P.A. sent)
Englewood Camera



Coat the Silver
Do not splash in eyes!
Submerge plate in silver
for 3 to 10 minutes.
How To:
Patrick & The Eclipse
Ms. Rapp has done all the hard work!
You just need to follow these steps to create your tintype.
You MUST have Rapp's supervision throughout the process!
We will use a Holga
Patrick Andrade uses an antique large format camera
Take the Holga back to the darkroom.
Close door.
Make sure all of the lights are off, except for the red light. Make sure you have all safety gear on!
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