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Salt printing is the method developed by William Henry Fox Talbot from 1839 using UV or sunlight to expose silver nitrate coated paper, and create a positive print from this paper negative. This kit enables you to recreate this historic process.
Salt prints are created by soaking acid free art paper in a salt solution for a few minutes, which is then coated with an activated silver solution.
Once dried, a contact negative is secured in place and atmospheric UV (which even on a cloudy day is quite suitable) is used for exposure.
Development is in water and 'fixation' is by a choice of 3 stabilisers (supplied) each of which will produce a slightly different image tone.
The Kit contains:
5 sheets 8x10" Canaletto paper
5 sheets 8x10" digital contact film
2ml syringe 250ml solution each of Salt, Silver and Stabilisers 1, 2 and 3Protective glovesBuckle brush and full detailed instructions for use
(Note: a 'Buckle brush' is a glass test tube filled with cotton wool - an 1855 invention by Samuel Buckle for coating paper, included for historical accuracy!)
NB ammonia is required to activate the silver solution and is not supplied. This is available from most chemists.
All the materials and equipment contained in the kit are available separately.