noodling and washing

well mixing the ingredients was easy, letting it setup in a sealed jar was easy .. getting it out of the ball jar was easy … “noodling” and washing the emulsion was not to hard, definately not as easy as weighing and stirring and incorporating.

so, i cut and pulled and scraped the now hard/jelly emulsion out of the ball jar and i have my ricer ready, i have my cheese cloth ready and my wide mouthed plastic receptical ready …

in the ricer it goes, down the handle goes …
the emulsion squirted out teh sides and bottom like it was supposed to do sometimes going in the cheese cloth, sometimes not. i eventually moved the cheese cloth so like the emulsion it all went into the plastic beaker. then i cleaned up the messy bits off the cloth and put it into the beaker. i also scooped the stuff that missed altogether and got rid of it ( trash ) and filled the beaker with water. i let the emulsion sit then i poured off the water, then filled it again, 3 more times.  after the 2nd time i put the emulsion into the ball jar again and got another piece of cheese cloth adn made a screen to drain most of the water out.  and then i melted it down again …
i put it into a black tube ( light and airtight ) and back into the clasp jar and onto the floor. i poured off a little emulsion first to do a test print with it, or to see if my efforts were worth it at all. maybe they will be, maybe it will be a bust i don’t know.

i took a foamy paint brush and painted a piece of paper i had lying around with some of the new white emulsion.  i washed and cleaned my jars and beakers and spoons and knives and ricer and put them someplace safe for the next time.  when the emulsion dries i will make a lumen print and see how long it takes to turn and a photogram in the darkroom … and when my little jar of emulsion is gone,  i am certain i will make some more.


a BIG thanks to kevin klein, chris patten and denise ross for making it so easy for anyone to follow simple instructions and have fun like this.

Author: jnanian

I am a Freelance Photographer in Rhode Island. I make photographs using a variety of methods with and without a camera, and I teach photography online and in person. I make photo emulsions from scratch, I coat my own photo paper and make cyanotypes too. I am a huge fan of Caffenol ( I helped write the Caffenol Cookbook ) and instead of instant coffee, I roast my own Sumatra Robusta beans. I sell them so you can make your own long lasting, film and print developer called Sumatranol. I also sell silver recovery products.