I had a few people asking me what to order exactly and how much of it so I decided to make a list I could revert to and others as well. The list of chemicals I’m about to write down did cost me about € 430,- so your wallet has an idea of what to expect 😉
Not included is the price of the distilled water of which you’ll need a lot. I think I have shot a total of around 20 plates, not all saved, and I still have plenty of chemicals left. Can’t really tell you how long my stash will last though. In the meanwhile I did buy an extra canister of Ethanol 5 Liter, more water as in 15 canisters of each 5 Liter and more fix, as with the hypo fixer you use up quite a bit.
The first part I mention I ordered from Antonides in the Netherlands:
* Sodium Thiosulfate Pentahydrate, ch.z. (Fixer)
* Ethanol 96%, denatured with 5% methanol (Lots of purposes)
* Diethylether, pract. (Collodion)
* Cadmium Bromide Tetrahydrate (Salt for Collodion)
* Ammonium Iodide Erg. B6 (Salt for Collodion)
* Iron II Sulfate, dried, pract. (For Developer)
* Glacial Acetic Acid 99-100%, ch.z. (For Developer)
* Calcium Carbonate, precipitated, light (Plate Cleaner)
The Silver Nitrate I bought of Ebay Germany. It saved me half the money compared to a shop in the Netherlands. I bought 200 grams at once for approx. €100,- You cannot buy this from the States if you’re from Europe as that chem is not allowed to be shipped overseas.
The plain USP Collodion I bought from Assink Chemie in the Netherlands. 1 Liter did cost me about € 100,-. When it arrived I immediately mixed it up with the liter of Ether to stabilize the latter. One bottle of a liter with the Ethanol-Ether mix I keep in the garage. The other liter I have stored in the fridge in my darkroom and added the salts to create the iodizer. That I can mix anytime I like with the plain Collodion and have a perfect immediate working solution at hand.
Distilled water you need to buy in massive large quantities as you will be using this A LOT. It’s being used to mix the chemicals, clean the beakers and stirring rods etc. I started out with 5 canisters each holding 5 liter and soon bought another 15 of them. I bought them at the Sligro where I paid around € 2,60 per canister. The empty canisters are handy to save the chemical waste in and later on dump them on the chemical disposal site, all labeled of course.
In a nutshell I think this is about all you need apart from the beakers, storage bottles, stirring rods etc. you will need as well. I hope this list will be of great help to the ones just starting out. It seems a lot at first but when you get your head around it it’s not really a big deal anymore.