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- Flat, Smooth BLACK GLASS BLANKS for Ambrotypes
Flat, Smooth BLACK GLASS BLANKS for Ambrotypes
Smooth, blank, flat black glass for ambrotypes and similar uses.
8x10 and smaller are 1.5mm thick.
11x14 are 1.8mm thick.
If you'd like custom-cut sizes not listed, either order the next size up and add a note for exact dimensions to cut them to (preferably in millimaters, but inches is fine). Or, contact me to inquire! I will cut from the next size up.
Note the number of sheets per pack. I pack larger plates (8x10 and bigger) in smaller quantities for shipping safety.
Stock sizes have the following dimensions, with tolerances on the dimensions of +/- 0.5 mm:
99.5 x 126 mm (4x5)
126 x 177 mm (5x7)
202 x 253 mm (8x10)
279 x 355 mm (11 x 14) -- This is 1.8mm thick
If you are interested in larger sizes, please let me know.
These are the same dimensions as the dry plates and are sized to ensure fit in all wet and dry plate holders out there, including Chamonix holders.
Packaging and Cleaning
The glass was cut and edged at the factory, followed by a quick rinse before packing. They are relatively clean, but expect the plates to retain surface contaminants such as grinding residue (dust, etc). You definitely want to clean these before using whatever process you typically clean glass / tins.
I recommend washing in your dishwasher on the highest / toughest washing cycle. Use Rinse-Aid for spot-free rinse. Then proceed with your normal cleaning method.
If you are not going to use them right away, rewrap in the archival, buffered paper that the plates are wrapped in (don't re-use the interleaving paper).
I currently cannot cut these blanks down to custom sizes, but I've left the sizes here for reference. Dimensions for commonly-encountered plates are:
9x12: 88 x 119
Whole Plate (6 1/2" x 8 1/2"): 215 x 164
Half Plate (4 1/2" x 6 1/2"): 113 x 164
1/4 Plate (3 1/4" x 4 1/4") : 82 x 107
Sixth Plate (6.5 x 9, also Mamiya Plate Adapter): 63 x 88
Ninth Plate (2" x 2 1/2"): 50 x 63
Postcard or 3A (5 1/2" x 3 1/4"): 82 x 139
(Half Plate: There are actually several variations on half plate dimensions. When in doubt, the space for inserting a plate in your holder can be measured)
I will ship anywhere in the world.. shipping is calculated and added to the total when you place the order. You are responsible for any additional customs fees and import taxes that your country charges. I ship via USPS Priority Mail. Internationally, the shipping is typically DHL or via the Postal Service.. I use the courier which has proven most reliable for shipping dry plates to your country.