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Step 8: Make a Print

To make a albumen print from a collodion negative, float a sheet of paper on a solution of albumen (egg white) that contains a cloride. Dry.

Float the paper on a solution of silver nitrate. This produces a coating of silver chloride. Dry again.

Within a printing frame, align the negative over the paper, then place both in direct sunlight. The sun will print the picture.

Wash the print in water, then tone in gold chloride. Wash again.

"Fix" the print in sodium thiosulfate, then give it a final wash.

Your print is now ready for mounting.

To find out more about the collodion process, visit, a Web site maintained by Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman.

Step 1: Coat with Collodion
Step 2: Dip in Silver Nitrate
Step 3: Plate to Camera
Step 4: Expose
Step 5: Pour on Developer
Step 6: Fix the Plate
Step 7: Wash and Varnish
Step 8: Make a Print

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