With a special toning technique called Silver Plating it is possible to convert a normal black and white print to a highly reflective mirror silver finish. There is a commercial product called Halo-Chrome by Rockland Colloid to produce silver plating, or you can mix your own toner.

Ilford MG IV RC paper toned with Halo-Chrome toner.

When viewing the print, colours may change and parts of the image may appear as positive or negative. The viewer will get a strong impression of a Daguerreotype — we nicknamed this the “Poor Man’s Daguerreotype” technique. The look of this faux Daguerreotype can’t be reproduced on the web or printed media — you really need to see the real thing to appreciate it!

Jalo Porkkala: Twin Columns, silver plating.
Silverprint Proof RC paper toned with an own mix of silver plating toner.

Jalo Porkkala: Chalon, silver plating.
Ilford MG IV RC paper toned with an own mix of silver plating toner.

P.S. Looking forward to trying the real Daguerreotype process this year.