From: Ken Watson (email@example.com)
Date: 10/08/02-02:02:17 PM Z
Tintypes were sealed with a Alcohol Lacquer. Perhaps you can do the same
with a dag. This requires the lacquer and tintype to be at 100 degrees F or
a little higher. It is a learned technique because if done wrong the finish
can be mottled, not what you want.
Sandy is correct when he points out that epoxy will yellow and maybe fog
with exposure to UV.
What is wrong with sealing them between glass? You are straining at a
problem that has been solved for over 150 years.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Christopher Lovenguth" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 10:11 AM
Subject: Sealing a Daguerreotype...is it possible?
> I've been trying to think of a way to seal a daguerreotype plate with some
> sort of substance so that I don't have to have it under glass. Can anyone
> think of a way to do this? I don't want it to alter the finish so it would
> have to be some sort of material/chemical that can be applied without
> severely affecting the finish. It will have to be neutral as well in order
> not to tarnish the silver. Third it would have to be able to be applied
> carefully because the slightest touch destroys the image. So I'm thinking
> sort of liquid that I can either dip the plate in or spray the plate with.
> I couldn't come up with any ideas that I'm just willing to try. It's not
> that I want to be able to put my paws all over the image and then be able
> use window cleaner to wipe them off. But I like the quality of just the
> plate without glass. The problem is showing it to someone who might not
> understand that just the slightest touch will ruin it. Plus
> my own viewing (I'm very clumsy) dust, etc. Right now I have been using
> neutral plastic film holders sheets. But even with those if you take the
> plate out of them a couple of times start to scratch the image because of
> dust particles. Just keeping the plate in the sleeve and looking through
> you lose subtle qualities.
> This is not as much of an issue with some of my gilded plates. For some
> reason some of them have become almost touchable. The thing is I'm sort of
> select gilding my plates now since a long time in the gold tends to darken
> my plates too much. I'm now taking my plates out a bit faster then I used
> because I like the quality and effect, but these images are more fragile
> can be wiped off with the slightest touch just like the plates that
> been gilded.
> I'm willing to experiment with a bad plate so suggestions are appreciated.
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