B&W printing – how to stop tong marks

Here is a simple printing tip. Even with very expensive print tongs it is all too easy to scratch and crease prints moving them across the wet dishes of chemicals. Then there are those infuriating prints which manage to slip out of the tongs and land in a contaminating splash of chemicals. With a big print I find it such an awkward job merely to get the print to lay flat in the dish. My answer is simple: Don’t use tongs! ¬†When it comes to the final print I wear medical gloves. Buy the non-powdered ones from your local pharmacy, in boxes of 100 each glove costs just a few pennies. I wash my hands wearing the gloves and dry with a towel. I like the biggest size which are easy for me to slip on and off.

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