Used to make this myself by bubbling SO2 through basic fuchsin, really
good fun, but we can't do it now.
The stock solution should be kept in the fridge and is OK when clear (if
it starts to go pink discard). We used to satin up to 5 slides in a
coplin jar which was stored in the fridge in between times. But then we
just dripped a bit onto the section as it was felt it was better to
waste small aliquots of the stain rather than risking the coplin jar
contents becoming 'weak'. Schiff's was cheapish then as we made it
ourselves but I guess it now costs a lot more made up?
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