For some reason I’ve been procrastinating about this week’s roll of film. I just wasn’t finding the motivation to develop it. Yesterday Jake took a spin with Caffenol; today Beth and I were home alone with time to kill and an empty kitchen. A little home chemistry seemed in order.
The ingredients are simple: cheap instant coffee, Vitamin C powder, and washing soda. Although they took a bit of work to get, my supplies of soda and C should last for years. The scale is a simple digital kitchen one ($20) which also has postal uses. The thermometer and timer are cheap kitchen items. The only specialized equipment is the developing tank.
I loaded the film in the tank. Beth measured, mixed, and developed under my supervision. All of the ingredients are non-toxic and can be dumped down the sink after use. We did use a standard photographic fixer, which should be saved for re-use and not released to the environment. We used the Delta-STD recipe, halved to make 500cc of deveoper.
In less than half an hour from start to finish, we had images. The negatives are a bit thin, and I’m having a dust issue. I blame that on loading the reel with one hand in a cast. I’m happy though. We may need to perfect this technique.
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Nice! Doing this the right way with all the correct ingredients definitely yields better results! Ha!
Washing soda freaks people out, but you can usually find it in the darker corners of your local laundry aisle.
The C came from GNC, and that bottle should be about a 10-year supply for me.
I meant to grab some of that C from you when we got together… drat.
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