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By Mike Wallace (Whitemike420) on Thursday, September 20, 2001 - 01:14 am:

I just wanted to know whats the best paper to make spore prints with if there is any special paper to use? I already know I can use a jar so dont tell me to do that.

By relic (Relic) on Thursday, September 20, 2001 - 03:19 am:

wax paper works ok. it can be too slippery though and you can end up with a pile of spores. photo paper works good, spores stick but don't get embedded. heavy duty alum. foil is my fav.

By khufu (Khufu) on Thursday, September 20, 2001 - 08:02 am:

Photo paper is exellent, but it can also be pretty expensive too. Heavy duty foil works very well - it's easily foldable and holds prints well. A quick wipe with an alcohol pad and it's ready for use. Make sure it's heavy duty foil though, lighter foils are more likely to tear if your using the scrape-prints-into-shot-glass method.

By Nan (Nanook) on Sunday, October 14, 2001 - 05:30 am:

Something else about paper used for printing is the acid content. Biological specimens should be mounted on acid-free paper if paper is to be used. This certainly goes for high quality prints suitable for long term storage. Foil is easier to come by and you can sterilize pre-cut folded sheets in the PC before you print on it, but it perforates when scraped... Plastic card stock and sheet are fine after a wipe with alcohol, but prints on plastic are clumpy and slide when they are used sometimes. Glass slides...

OK... I worked out this one and it's cheap, readily available... Perfect print media actually: Sidewall from an aluminum soda or beer can.

1) With a pair of sharp utility scissors, punch a hole in the sidewall of the can near the lid and cut around the circle, removing the top of the can.  Do the same thing with the bottom of the can.

2) Slice open the aluminum tube created when both ends of the can were removed. You should get a strip of material about 3 inches by 8 inches.

3) Flatten the curled strip out by reversing the curve and sliding the strip back and forth over the edge of a table.

4) Cut into print plates.  The plates may be pressure sterilized or sterilized with alcohol and allowed to dry. If you do not mind discoloration it may be gently flamed over a soot free flame.

This material takes but 5 mins to prepare, it is chemically and optically stable, and will not tear through or perforate when scraped. Plates can be dried over desiccant, then stored in food grade plastic bags or a sterile envelope. Be careful the plates are sharp, if you have sandpaper it takes another minute or two of work to sand the edges smooth.

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Posted by: Mycota Nov 27 02, 08:46 PM GMT
In my hood there is a little high end grocery w/butcher shop. I've been going there to get thick steaks & such cut, for BBQ. Last year, I noticed then making hamburger patties & stacking them with a 6 X 6 inch square of heavy duty wax paper between each patty.

I asked for a piece of that wax paper. A little light in my head went bink! Hmmmmm........ might be a good thing to make spore prints on. So, I bought a stack of that wax paper.

I swab it with an alcohol wipe, then lay a cap on it. Prints end up looking good & can be sealed with an impulse sealer, seal-a-meal or whatever, by just appling another layer of wax paper, then sealed.

To remove the spores, for syringe making. You just cut the wax paper open, then use a little "artist" brush, swabbed with alcohol & allowed to air dry, before use. Mycota

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