I am from Cape Town, South Africa and I am in the process to gather chemicals and gear to be able to start with Wetplate photography.
I am connected on: www.collodion.com; www.cwreenactors.com/phorum
and I have also ordered John Coffer's book with DVD's.
I am running though in to a big pothole in my journey. Collodion USP is not available in South Africa and to ship it here is going to cost me $460.00.
My question: How difficult is it to make your own Collodion USP and if, how do you make it.
I started looking into this after a bad batch of plain collodion this past fall. And yes I know its used for nitrocellulose lacquer. You also need just the right nitration for it to work in photographic collodion.
Thanks for the website but I have already been through all of those, Ray. Minimum 10 ton orders are typical not to mention importing duties, laws, etc. trying to buy from China. Hell, a 1000 grams is pretty much a lifetime supply.
Thanks, Sean...trust me...you have no idea how I have searched for a "sympathetic varnish manufacturer" I will be using the sulphuric acid and potassium nitrate method. I nitrate my own black powder combusitble cartridge paper now so plenty of saltpetre on hand.
Ray..I already checked with Mark and France. That batch came as a one-time sample from Germany, as you said, many years ago. Yep...a little goes a long way
Will Dunniway did the same thing as Sean suggested with the sample tins, etc with Scholle several years ago. He managed to get them to sell him a 1000gram tin. No luck for me though.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/27/2011 11:54PM by minieball.