Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/12/03

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Subject: RE: [Leica] segue to: Platinate prints- Change of subject
From: "Robert G. Stevens" <>
Date: Thu, 03 Dec 1998 12:07:01 -0400

Is the process for printing using palladium, not platinum?



At 10:40 AM 12/3/98 -0500, you wrote:
>Platinum, a heavy metal, can be quite toxic, causing severe neurological
>damage (such as Parkinson-like symptoms) unto death.  In industrial
>processes it must be handled carefully, but can be and is handled safely
>using gloves, aprons, hoods,  and other protective gear.  I have never used
>the platinum process, so I do not know how one might absorb or, more to the
>point, ingest inhale or otherwise be exposed to the metal.  However, many
>people wear platinum jewelry with no ill effects.
>	Buzz
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:	Dan Post []
>> Sent:	Thursday, December 03, 1998 9:57 AM
>> To:
>> Subject:	Re: [Leica] segue to: Platinate prints- Change of subject
>> Oddmund:
>> Ah, my Norse friend, Mead and mushrooms? Good natural alternative perfect
>> for going a-viking!
>> BTW- I had read about the platinum process several years ago, but was put
>> off because I was led to believe it is a quite toxic process and I heard
>> horror stories of nerve damage to fingers and appendages falling off. How
>> true is this? was I just being overly cautious?
>> The platinate prints I have seen are magnificent- they absolutely cannot
>> be
>> reproduced in a book or other method. Good luck, and keep us apprised!
>> Dan