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Wet Negatives

Posted: 01 Nov 2015, 10:22
by Maris
Doesn't every one hang wet negatives in a bathroom? Note the surgical forceps. They never let go even if they grab as little as 1 millimetre of the negative corner.

Re: Wet Negatives

Posted: 01 Nov 2015, 14:42
by Barry Kirsten
Great idea Maris ! I used to have some great little pegs which had precise grip and never let go. I sold them (foolish me) with some darkroom gear many years ago and haven't been able to find replacements anywhere near as good. I have a couple of pairs of artery forceps (I'm a retired nurse) and never thought of using them. I will get some more. Thanks for the tip.

Re: Wet Negatives

Posted: 01 Nov 2015, 14:52
by Barry Kirsten
A quick search of eBay turned these up: ... xy9X5Ta2z7

It should be possible to find even cheaper ones, maybe even cheaper plastic which are often used in surgery or ER as disposable items.

Re: Wet Negatives

Posted: 01 Nov 2015, 17:18
by Lachlan717
Pegs work well if you grind the angled ends off, leaving the front 2 pieces touching.

Re: Wet Negatives

Posted: 02 Nov 2015, 04:18
by Walter Glover
I use the good old Kodak Dental Clips. Minimal point of contacts and none have ever let go the grip on the sodden rascals in their charge.

Re: Wet Negatives

Posted: 02 Nov 2015, 13:43
by Alastair Moore
I was gifted a couple of these Paterson film clips:

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when I first started shooting large format. I've since managed to bag a few more but always on the look out for even more. I really like them.

Re: Wet Negatives

Posted: 02 Nov 2015, 16:05
by Mick Fagan
That is a very good use of forceps, I have some somewhere, as well as surgical scissors that almost look the same, never thought to use them but I'm now thinking.

I bought eight pair of Kaiser film drying clips in Germany about 32-33 years ago, they have been in constant use since and are wonderful. I also have about 30-40 pairs of Kodak and other stainless film drying clips, half weighted, half unweighted, which were what I mainly used when I was developing squillions of rolls of film in the seventies.



Re: Wet Negatives

Posted: 02 Nov 2015, 16:07
by Barry Kirsten
Plastic dental film clips from China: ... SwpdpVZUMm

Should be OK for 4x5 film but but don't know about 8x10.

Walter's full of good ideas... talking to him on Saturday he showed me his dental mirror - invaluable for making LF lens settings. Why have I never thought of that?