Fotospeed Argyrotype kit

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Fotospeed Argyrotype kit Argyrotype is an iron-based silver printing process that produces brown images on plain paper. It is an alternative process derived from the Argentotype, Kallitype, and Van Dyke processes of the 19th Century, but has greater simplicity, improved image stability, and longer sensitizer shelf-life.[1] It was developed by Dr Mike Ware.

While this process may not have the permanence of other processes such as platinum or palladium printing, it is much less expensive and more user friendly. It is a good first process to try. The sensitizer used is very slow, so printing must be by contact with a large format negative, using an ultra-violet lamp or sunlight.

As with most alternative processes there is room for manipulating the process to achieve different effects, and since the image is produced on plain paper many drawing or print making processes can be combined with the original image.

The Fotospeed kit comes with everything needed to make Argyrotypes. Contains:

  • 5 sheets 8x10" (20.3x25.4cm) Fabriano 5 HP paper
  • 5 sheets 8x10in Digital Contact Film
  • 2ml syringe 50ml bottle of Argyrotype Sensitiser
  • 2 coating rods - one 4" one 7"
  • 140gms of Hypo Crystals
  • Protective gloves and full detailed instructions for use.

Further information can be found on Mike Ware's site: Mike Ware

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Fotospeed Argyrotype kit Wet Plate Supplies is a UK based store selling a range of supplies for alternative photographic processes, namely Wetplate collodion, Cyanotype, Gum bichromate, Kallitype, Van dyke and Pt/Pd. They also offer training and studio facilities for both wetplate and other alternative processes. In this section you can find our Fotospeed Argyrotype kit