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Salted Paper Sizing
Do you size your papers in addition to incorporating gelatin into the
salting solution? If so, what is your procedure? I have lots of sized and
hardened paper that I use as the final support for carbon prints but had
thought that the heavy sizing (about 120mm per 22X30" sheet of 5% gelatin)
might not work with salted paper. Have you worked with such heavily sized
>I would suggest that the solutions are much lighter than that of the other
>processes mentioned. The other processes use an almost saturated or near
>saturated solution with gobs of chemicals to bind to the paper fibers. The
>salted paper solutions are almost pure water and pull right into the paper.
>As I mentioned in an earlier post, sizing is almost a must with salted
>paper. Also, the gelatin listed in many of the salting solutions assists
>with keeping the solutions from sinking too far into the paper.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: Sandy King <email@example.com>
>Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2000 4:44 PM
>Subject: Salted Paper:
>> Several sources suggest that one of the problems with salted paper is that
>> the sensitzer may sink too far into the paper and result in a print of
>> apparent contrast and sharpness. The remedy suggested is sizing, either
>> with arrowroot or gelatin.
>> Can anyone explain why this problem is unique to salted paper? Why is is
>> not a consideration with processes like vanDyke, kallitype or platinum?
>> Sandy King