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DIRECTIONS
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DEVELOPING FILM
DIRECTIONS
for 600ml packet.


Caffenol Concoction 600ml


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DEVELOPING FILM
DIRECTIONS
for 1000ml packet
.

Caffenol Concoction 1000ml
The 600ml packet.
Mixed with water, this will make
 enough to fill most normal
35mm 2-reel tanks.

Develops at least
4 rolls 35mm film or
2 rolls of 120 film.
(re-used once)


DIRECTIONS

You will need:
Your exposed film,
developing tank & reels,
600ml (or larger) jar or bottle,
metal mixing spoon,
photo fixer, (try: digitaltruth.com),
a place to hang & dry the developed film, (clothesline & clothespins in the shower works well),
Stop Bath (optional),
Thermometer (optional).
Photo-Flo or
liquid dish soap (optional.)
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Our Caffenol Concoction is meant to be used within one day of mixing, and re-used once within one week of the first usage. It can be re-used more than once, but developing times will increase and effectiveness will decrease sharply with each further usage.

1) Dissolve:  Check bag for clumps and mash with fingers. Then pour entire contents of the Caffenol Concoction bag in 300ml of hot water (40c / 100f) Hints: A glass jar works best. Try a large, empty pickle or pasta sauce jar. Mash any clumps with a spoon to dissolve fully.

2) Mix with 300ml of cold water to bring the solution to 20c / 68f - Hints: You can put the mixed jar in the fridge for a while if it’s not cool enough.  Normal “room temperature” is about correct, so if you don’t have access to a thermometer, you can let the jar sit covered for several hours until it feels neither warm nor cool. This also allows the microbubbles to dissipate.

LOAD FILM INTO TANK
(video tips coming soon)


3) Pre-Soak: (optional) After loading your film into the tank in complete darkness, pre-soak film in tepid water for 3 or 4 minutes, then rinse until the the water comes out clear. (this may take 1-4 rinses depending on your film type.)

4) Develop: Pour the Caffenol Concoction (at correct temp.) into your developing tank until it is full. Agitate gently for the first 30 seconds, then for 5 seconds every 3 minutes. 15 minutes of developing time (for the first usage) should be sufficient for most B&W films. You can add or subtract development time depending on your film and exposure. If you are using high-speed film or have under-exposed your pictures, increase your development time. (for 2nd usage, increase the time by 2-3 minutes.)
Hint: you can check the
Massive Dev. Chart to see suggested developing times for many different films.


5) Rinse: After development, pour Caffenol Concoction back into a bottle or jar (seal it for further use). With tank still closed, rinse film thoroughly with tepid water at least 6 times with some vigorous agitation. (Use Stop Bath now if desired.)

6) Fix: Fill the sealed tank with a B&W Film Fixer (purchased separately). Agitate several times over 6-8 minutes at room temperature.  After thoroughly fixing your film, pour the fixer back in its bottle (it is re-usable many times). Hint: You can find many different inexpensive fixers at www.digitaltruth.com.

7) Rinse: After fixing, your film is now light safe and you can open the tank to complete the rinse. Rinse your film with tepid water by emptying and filling the tank 3 times. Then let fresh, clean water rinse the film for at least 5 minutes, emptying and filling the open tank several more times.

8) Rinsing Agent: (optional): Use Photo-Flo or other rinsing agent, or even just a very small drop of normal liquid dish soap in your last rinse of water (filtered or distilled water works best but not mandatory). Let the film soak in this solution for about 1-2 minutes before removing the film and hanging to dry.  This step helps prevent water spots from drying on the film.

9) Dry: Hang the film in a dry, enclosed space like a shower or cabinet to minimize exposure to dust, which can dry on the film surface, causing spots. Film normally takes five or more hours to hang-dry completely.

10) Enjoy: Now your film is ready to be enjoyed. Take pleasure & pride in your efforts to keep film alive and be sure to share your results! Check out our Labeauratoire Flickr Group. Whether you scan them or print them, be sure to keep the original negatives protected and they’ll last for decades to come.

CONTACT ME
if you have any questions.
Tips for developing
Prints in the Darkroom !



PRINTING TIPS

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Caffenol Concoction is not a fine-quality photographic print developer, but it can be used to process photo paper in the darkroom with interesting results. The prints often have low contrast and a coffee-colored tint. Printing is only recommended as an experimental process or for more experienced enthusiasts who have already printed in the darkroom with other developers.


Our Caffenol Concoction is meant to be used within one day of mixing, and re-used once within one week of the first usage. It can be re-used more than once, but developing times will increase and effectiveness will decrease sharply with each further usage.

Printing with Caffenol Concoction requires a more highly concentrated mixture and a higher temperature than developing film. I suggest mixing the solution with about 70% of the water used in the film directions and keeping the temperature above 25c /77f. Different temperatures will create different color effects on the paper.
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Using high contrast paper or multi-contrast paper with high contrast filters may result in better images. The nice, warm coffee tones will show up stronger in matt surface or fiber-based papers.
click to enlarge

CLICK HERE
To see more of the prints I have made with this Caffenol Concoction.
More Coming Soon!


CONTACT ME
if you have any questions.

The 1000ml packet.
Mixed with water, this will make enough to fill most normal 35mm 4-reel tanks.
Develops at least
8 rolls 35mm film or
4 rolls of 120 film.
(re-used once)


DIRECTIONS

You will need:
Your exposed film,
developing tank & reels,
1000ml (or larger) jar or bottle,
metal mixing spoon,
photo fixer, (try: digitaltruth.com),
a place to hang & dry the developed film, (clothesline & clothespins in the shower works well),
Stop Bath (optional),
Thermometer (optional).
Photo-Flo or
liquid dish soap (optional.)
-------------------
Our Caffenol Concoction is meant to be used within one day of mixing, and re-used once within one week of the first usage. It can be re-used more than once, but developing times will increase and effectiveness will decrease sharply with each further usage.

1) Dissolve:  Check bag for clumps and mash with fingers. Then pour entire contents of the Caffenol Concoction bag in 400ml of hot water (40c / 100f) Hints: A glass jar works best. Try a large, empty pickle or pasta sauce jar. Mash any clumps with a spoon to dissolve fully.

2) Mix with 600ml of cold water to bring the solution to 20c / 68f - Hints: You can put the mixed jar in the fridge for a while if it’s not cool enough.  Normal “room temperature” is about correct, so if you don’t have access to a thermometer, you can let the jar sit covered for several hours until it feels neither warm nor cool. This also allows the microbubbles to dissipate.

LOAD FILM INTO TANK
(video tips coming soon)


3) Pre-Soak: (optional) After loading your film into the tank in complete darkness, pre-soak film in tepid water for 3 or 4 minutes, then rinse until the the water comes out clear. (this may take 1-4 rinses depending on your film type.)

4) Develop: Pour the Caffenol Concoction (at correct temp.) into your developing tank until it is full. Agitate gently for the first 30 seconds, then for 5 seconds every 3 minutes. 15 minutes of developing time (for the first usage) should be sufficient for most B&W films. You can add or subtract development time depending on your film and exposure. If you are using high-speed film or have under-exposed your pictures, increase your development time. (for 2nd usage, increase the time by 2-3 minutes.)
Hint: you can check the
Massive Dev. Chart to see suggested developing times for many different films.


5) Rinse: After development, pour Caffenol Concoction back into a bottle or jar (seal it for further use). With tank still closed, rinse film thoroughly with tepid water at least 6 times with some vigorous agitation. (Use Stop Bath now if desired.)

6) Fix: Fill the sealed tank with a B&W Film Fixer (purchased separately). Agitate several times over 6-8 minutes at room temperature.  After thoroughly fixing your film, pour the fixer back in its bottle (it is re-usable many times). Hint: You can find many different inexpensive fixers at www.digitaltruth.com.

7) Rinse: After fixing, your film is now light safe and you can open the tank to complete the rinse. Rinse your film with tepid water by emptying and filling the tank 3 times. Then let fresh, clean water rinse the film for at least 5 minutes, emptying and filling the open tank several more times.

8) Rinsing Agent: (optional): Use Photo-Flo or other rinsing agent, or even just a very small drop of normal liquid dish soap in your last rinse of water (filtered or distilled water works best but not mandatory). Let the film soak in this solution for about 1-2 minutes before removing the film and hanging to dry.  This step helps prevent water spots from drying on the film.

9) Dry: Hang the film in a dry, enclosed space like a shower or cabinet to minimize exposure to dust, which can dry on the film surface, causing spots. Film normally takes five or more hours to hang-dry completely.

10) Enjoy: Now your film is ready to be enjoyed. Take pleasure & pride in your efforts to keep film alive and be sure to share your results! Check out our Labeauratoire Flickr Group. Whether you scan them or print them, be sure to keep the original negatives protected and they’ll last for decades to come.


CONTACT ME
if you have any questions.





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