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making paper

August 29th, 2010 at 17:21

I’ve been meaning to have a go at making paper for months. On one of my visits to Berl.in I went to a museum where they had a whole lot of old technology and demonstrations on how things used to be made. We watched a demonstration on how paper is made, it was really interesting and you could ask questions and I know they do workshops for school groups there, too. Anyway, yesterday was the day when I finally gave it my first go.

I had saved up some egg cartons and started by shredding them into little pieces. I put them into a big bowl and poured hot water over it, the egg carton dissolved rather quickly and I helped the disintegration process by sticking my hand held blender into the liquid paper mix.

I made myself a frame with a metal mesh on one side and a second frame to go above it and then I submersed the whole thing into my mix and when the water drained off i was left with a thin film of fibre lying on the mesh. I had cut up some cleaning cloths and turned the paper onto the cloth and placed another cloth on to. I used a rolling pin to squeeze out any excess water and then left the sheets to dry out on my clothes line. I decided to put different colour flower petals, parsley and other colourful leafy things from the garden into some of the sheets.

And today I took some pictures.

They could do with a bit of an iron maybe.

What do you think? Not so bad for a first go. I can see myself adoing this again.

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2 Responses to “making paper”

  1. Skytimes Says:

    Wow… you are genius! I really love them. (Is that parsley?)
    Making paper is something I wanted to do for a long time. In my work-riddled state of mind I didn’t understand the frame-thingy (brain overload) but I guess I’ll just have to comeback and read it again…

    Well done my friend. I’m impressed.


  2. Amy Says:

    these are beautiful!

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