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Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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Chapter 21. Lab IV-4 Revealing Latent Fingerprints Using Superglue Fuming

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The standard kit for this book, available from http://www.thehomescientist.com, includes the items listed in the first group.)

Materials from Kit

  • Goggles

  • Fingerprint brush

  • Fingerprint powder, black

  • Magnifier

  • Slide, flat

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Acetone

  • Aluminum foil

  • Baking soda

  • Camera (optional)

  • Cotton balls (real cotton)

  • Fuming chamber (see text)

  • Index cards or paper (white)

  • Paper towels

  • Scanner (optional)

  • Superglue, cyanoacrylate (bottle or tube)

  • Tape, packing or similar transparent

  • Specimens: nonporous with latent fingerprints

Warning

Acetone is flammable. Handle superglue carefully, or you might find ...

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