----- Original Message ----- From: "Shannon Stoney" <sstoney@xxxxxxx>
To: <pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, April 06, 2007 5:28 PMSubject: [pure-silver] prints stuck together in drymount press
Hi, I tried to flatten three prints at once in my drymount press today, by stacking them on top of each other. This usually works, but this time they stuck together. I suppose they were too damp orsomething, even thoough they had dried for three days.Two of them got fibers stuck in the emulsion, from the print that was stacked on top. I re-washed them and they are drying now. Will thissolve the problem? --shannon
Use release tissue when you dry and flatten prints in a dry mount press. The idea is that the release tissue keeps the emulsion from drying out too much while drying the support. This is what removes the curling. Also, the release tissue prevents the emulsion side from sticking to anything. I generally flatten prints one at a time but doing more than one will probably work. I use thick "kraft" paper as the absorptive layer against the support. The kraft paper should be dried out in the press just before using it. Then make a sandwich of kraft paper, the print, a layer of release tissue and more kraft paper as a cushion. For more than one print I would stack the assemblys, i.e., kraft paper, then the first print, then release tissue, then a couple of more layers of kraft paper, then the second print, then a sheet of release tissue, etc. The entire thing should be removed from the press after heating and placed under a flat weight until cool. The best weight is a sheet of heavy Aluminum but I've used thick plywood with success. Its just that Aluminum absorbs heat well and cools faster.
--- Richard Knoppow Los Angeles, CA, USAdickburk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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