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  1. […] it has a few problems, but nothing I can’t overcome. There are some more pictures of the unit here. From the reading I did before bidding, I understand this unit was more of a Ford than a Cadillac […]

  2. […] fuming box and send them to me. The photos arrived in short order. I have posted them in my gallery here. I see from his bio on the site that Tyler is an MFA student in Photography at UW […]

  3. […] Great pictures of a contemporary daguerreotypist’s iodine fuming box. […]

  4. […] Yesterday’s project was to create a new ground glass for my B&J 8×10 camera. I almost succeeded. The pictures of the process can be found in the gallery. […]

  5. […] is a photo of the finished product. Note special adhesive material used to replace missing spring clamp. […]

  6. […] It is a Benoist-Berthiot 145 mm f 2.3 with no shutter and no f stop. I have some pictures here. It was a total shot in the […]

  7. […] want bromine or mercury inside my house. Ergo – the rebirth of the playhouse into “Castle Daguerre“. Yesterday I built a couple of workbenches. Today was spent getting components at Home Depot […]

  8. […] Many of us have heard in the news that the USA is in need of a major infrastructure rebuild. I decided to do my part these last two weeks and have completed two crucial upgrades to Castle Daguerre – power and a fume hood. (Well you didn’t expect me to build a bridge did you?) :)  Project one was to complete the electric mains connection from the house so I can plug in all those power hungry and fun daguerreian related tools I foresee in my future – and also to warm up my tiny kingdom and drive out the evil foggy humidity that will seek to ruin my plates. Not much to say about this project – two 20 amp 110 V circuits with GFCI protection. Not extravagant but workable. My one actual extravagance was hiring a young neighbor to dig the trench for me. As it turned out Jorge was a tireless worker and was very helpful during the installation phase as well. I literally couldn’t have done it without him. A definite case of knowing my own limitations. If I hadn’t had his help I probably would have used up my whole two weeks on the one project. For a few pictures of the work click here. […]

  9. […] did without the calibration kit. Cost from Lab Safety Supply: $42 + $10.53 Shipping Picture here:  Vaneometer User manual on the Dwyer site: […]

  10. […] I did learn a couple of things in the process. In the past I have had some trouble holding a steel rule and making a straight cut on glass at the same time. It is slippery darn stuff. I have a small Logan mat cutter and found that it made a great way to hold the glass steady and get it lined up just right. Pictures here. […]

  11. […] has only taken me five months to get around to this, but I finally made a new set of ground glass clips for my 8×10 camera. I followed my own suggestion and did not try to replicate the original […]

  12. […] and will adjust to plate sizes from ninth plate to 8″x10″.  The gallery contains picturesthat show the construction details. The construction requires very little machining – the aluminum […]

  13. […] over 8. Pretty slow in the world of daguerreotypes. The rest of the pictures I took can be seen here. I certainly have forgotten some of the refinements of wet chemistry (as you can see), but it was […]

  14. […] I put some of the indicator powder in a plastic jar lid and closed it in the ammo can. For a control I put a second measure of the indicator it in a duplicate jar lid and left it in the fume hood. The test was carried out with the fume hood running, and with me gloved and wearing a full face gas mask with appropriate cartridge. Well to cut to the chase – the indicator powder passed and the polyethylene likely failed. The powder turns brown when exposed to mercury fumes. Although I can’t absolutely rule out mercury contamination inside the ammo can, there are no visible mercury droplets of any size to be seen. Whatever. The reality is that the ammo can has mercury vapor in it and the point is brought home to me (again) that you have to be darn careful with poisons you can’t see. I already knew that a lot of plastics are permeable to varying degrees, but I think many people would have looked at this setup as a safe way to store mercury. It’s not.  Here are a few pictures. […]

  15. […] If you guessed bromine you would win a prize if I had any. Unfortunately I spent all the prize money buying the bromine in the first place. The bromine itself is pretty cheap, it is the hazardous shipping charges that really jack up the price. In fact the supplier I used said I could have had a full liter for only $30 more. Maybe I will take him up on that a little later – like when I have the HazMat license for my house. In the meantime here are some more pictures so you will know what to expect if you make an order. Bromine Delivery […]

  16. […] So what was going on? My conjecture at this point is that the iodine box was too cold. The castle is unheated, and the outside temp today was in the low 60’s. The castle further sits in a fairly shaded area. I imagine I will have to put a thermometer out there and warm up the box a bit prior to use. I can also see that hitting a particular color is definitely going to take some practice. Still it was pretty great seeing the change taking place – just like in the books. I took a few pictures. […]

  17. […] an opportunity to meet the artist, and a chance to see some great daguerreotypes. Here are some pictures of Eric’s […]

  18. […] Well, in the course of making a backup of TheDaguerreotypist this morning I wiped out some crucial WordPress files and brought down the whole site. Thank goodness for ISP’s that make periodic backups without being asked! After the restore I had everything except the most recent post about making a pair of buffing paddles. The pictures of the process are here. […]

  19. […] If you would like to read/see more, go to to my lab notes or the image gallery. […]

  20. […] images I worked on over the holiday break. Exposure continues to be a challenge. By going to the gallery you can compare this image to one I took earlier. The first image is rather badly overexposed, the […]

  21. […] held in place with rare earth magnets. Since it is a little hard to discern how it works from the photo gallery, I have also made a short video that can be seen here. Please excuse the primitive production […]

  22. […] can be closed off if not needed. More blue tape engineering to keep them in place when used. A small gallery has a very few kind of hard to see […]