The manufacturing of a Daguèrreotype can be considered as an outstanding masterpiece.
A copper plate need to be polished thoroughly by hand over a number of hours. The
shining surface is then silver-plated leaving a 99.9% pure silver layer attached
to the copper surface. The following is another time consuming process of manually
polishing. Caution is needed not to polish through the silver layer. Then the plate
is sensitised in pure iodine vapour. After illumination the plate is developed in
mercury vapour. After a few other treatments is the image visible and finished..
After the Daguerreotype is finished, it will be placed in a sealed cassette to prevent
oxidation by air. Because Ortelee very much values the originality of the "Daguerreo",
he masters the art, applied in the first half of the 19th century. Out of a hand
painted glass passé-partout a motif is cut. Standard the color black was used for
it. The motif was filled with a gold paste. The whole is being sealed and mounted
into a beautiful black lacquered frame.