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Encaustic Paste
Enameline. Method for process blocks (see Fish-Glue Process).
Enamelling Prints. This consists of coating the finished print with a film of collodion to give it a brilliant surface, which gives greater protection and more softness and depth. The following is the method of procedure: - Clean a glass plate - an old negative glass or a cutting shape will do - with French chalk, and polish thoroughly ; now coat the plate with enamel collodion : -
Pyroxyline (tough)          ...... ... 10 grs.
Methylated Alcohol .........          I oz.
Ether         ...............          I ,,
Having made a solution of gelatine, 10 grs. to the ounce of distilled water, slip the collodionised plate and the print carefully into the solution of gelatine, avoiding air bubbles ; bring the print face downwards into contact with the coated plate, remove from the solution, and squeeze into optical contact, and allow to dry. When thoroughly dry, raise one corner with a knife, and the print will strip from the glass, bearing the collodion film with it. (See also some instructions under Bromide Paper.)
Encaustic, Paste. A paste used to give a brilliant surface to the finished print without the use of hot rollers or of collodion. There are several formulae; but the following, proposed by Salomons, is excellent: -
Pure white wax ... ... ... ... 500 grs.
Gum elemi            ... ... ... ... 10 ..
Benzole ...... ......... 4 drms.
Essence of lavender ... ... ... 6 ,,
Oil of spike           ............ 1 drm.
Melt the wax and elemi, add the benzole and other ingredients, and allow to cool, stirring frequently. Smear a little of the paste over the face of the print with a tuft of cotton-wool, and polish with a clean piece till the surface is clean from markings. It increases the depth of shadow and general beauty to a large extent. A more simple paste can be made as follows : -