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Tammy J. Bradley
 

proper matting techniques


I am taking some of my work to sell at a local farmers market in the near future and I need some advice. How do you go about matting photo enlargements properly to avoid "bubbles"?? I can do the matting but when I look at the finished product the photo is not flat and it just does not look good. Any help is greatly appreciated... THANKS.


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5/7/2007 6:28:02 PM

 
Alan N. Marcus   Folow this link for dry mounting:

http://www.kodak.com/global/en/consumer/education/lessonPlans/darkroom/meeting8.shtml


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5/7/2007 10:08:12 PM

 
John P. Sandstedt
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  In general, and although the method Alan recommended via the link he provided is correct, WATCH OUT if you're trying to mount inkjet prints. Heat presses can be a real problem with inkjet prints and you might get a rude surprise when all the ink "runs."

Better recommendation - use a good spray adhesive [3M makes one that available at Michaels's and other arts and crafts places of that type.] You need to be certain you use the "right amount of spray" and "place in the all the right places" to assure there are no bubbles.


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5/8/2007 5:31:43 AM

 
John H. Siskin
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  Dry mount presses can ruin chemical color prints as well as ink jet prints. They are not a good idea for any thing but fiber base black and white prints. Try searching on line for a product called Gudy 831. This is an adhesive that has passed the Photo Activity Test. It is reasonably easy to work with. Alternatively you can use photo corners. Spray mount adhesive is really bad for your prints. It will make them degrade in a few years. I have had a test print with the Gudy product in a very sunny window for more than 10 months with out any visible problems. Be very careful, as with all permanent mounting techniques, when you use this product.
Thanks, John Siskin


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5/9/2007 9:39:01 PM

 
Alan N. Marcus   The jury remains out as which method of mounting yields best archrival results. ANSI IT9-2, the print subcommittee is now studying the problem and has not reported. There are so many adhesives and techniques; it is not possible to make a blanket statement. The dry mounting process involves heat. Keeping the heat as low as possible together with reducing “cooking” time is good advice. The objective as always is to avoid altering the structure of the emulsion.
Alan Marcus
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5/9/2007 10:25:16 PM

 
Quinton Weeks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/23/2006
  do you think a farmers market or fle market will want to pay what you need for your work?


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5/19/2007 7:23:45 PM

 
Tammy J. Bradley   I don't know, Quinton, but it's worth a try... don't you think?? It is only for 4 hours on one Saturday morning, and if it does not work out, I am not obligated, but if I do have some success, I have options to do it again. I think 4 hours of my time is worth it even just to get feedback from the general public and I have had nothing but compliments and encouragement on my work, so... why not give it a shot - huh?!


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5/20/2007 12:49:07 PM

 
Quinton Weeks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/23/2006
  i am at the same point you are and thought about doint that.but I stopped and didnt due to the people I know who go to these seem to be looking for a .50 or $1.00 items and then dicked down to .25.like you say its only 4 hours and I hope you have a sell out.Q


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5/20/2007 2:04:49 PM

 
Quinton Weeks
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  so how did it go.did you have a sell out? I hope so.


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6/3/2007 3:33:38 PM

 
Tammy J. Bradley   Actually, I haven't done the farmers market yet. I am doing it on Saturday, the 9th. I have to admit... I'm a little skeptical, myself, but if I don't try, I won't sell anything and if I do, I might... right?! It's all kind of overwelming to me and sometimes I wonder what I was thinking. I will let you know how it goes. Thanks for the wish of luck.


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6/4/2007 3:53:19 PM

 
Quinton Weeks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/23/2006
  right,if you dont at least try you will always wonder.i have never shot peope or inside.i got a call to shoot a graduation and declined.they made an offer and I thought how bad could I do.i ended up delivering 35 8x10 some billfold size in a presentation notebook for $1100.00. BTW im out of a job,lol. Q


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6/4/2007 4:02:00 PM

 
Quinton Weeks
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  how did it go?


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7/12/2007 1:21:20 PM

 
Tammy J. Bradley   It went okay. Sold a few things, but by the time I paid the $3 fee for the space and figured out how much it cost to make what I sold, it was more about feedback than anything else and I got plenty of that. Also... the day I happened to be there was a windy day and my stuff kept blowing right off the table. Anyway... I might try it again sometime, but for now I will just enjoy my hobby and try to find other ways of selling. Thanks for asking.


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7/12/2007 3:27:13 PM

 
Quinton Weeks
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/23/2006
  but you got some good life experiance.i dont have the nerve to try.


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7/12/2007 3:31:03 PM

 
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