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Fw: Papermaking

I have been making paper in a blender for a couple of years.  Having just
burnt out my second one I am in the process of trying to build a beater
based on the Tightwad Beater shown in Lee MCDonald's North American Beater
Review booklet, available from Carriage House Paper.  This is a good review
of beaters, none really suited to the casual home user, but still worth
shooting for I think.

Still, I have had lots of fun experimenting with my blender paper.  I have
used various plant fibers, lye boiled some seaweed, and bought some pulp
from Lee.  Most of my base stock came from recycled office paper, certainly
not "perfectly good" for anything else anymore and in plentiful supply.
What you end up with is great paper for all kinds of projects including
cards, notes, journals and book covers.  It is not archival quality but it
IS fun.

Get a catalog from Lee McDonald or Carraige House and get some pigments and
other fun stuff and away you go.

Lee Cooper

> From: Barbara Holl <bholl@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: Papermaking
> Date: Wednesday, April 30, 1997 1:23 AM
> Daniel,
> I don't have the space to make paper from scratch, so to speak, but I do
> recycle old papers into new, innovative papers.  I use them to make
> use in layering in my rubber stamping and trade with others who also
> recycle.
> Give it a try.  Just don't use construction paper.  You can even use
> lint!
> Barbara
> bholl@xxxxxxxxxxx
> On Tue, 29 Apr 1997, Daniel Warren wrote:
> > I've been dabbling in making some paper and have a question which must
> > been asked before.  Books I've read on the subject seem to be divided
> > to camps; those that describe the industrial process and those for the
> > hobbyist which say things like "shred some paper and put it in the
> >
> > I just don't see the aesthetic appeal of making paper out of perfectly
> > good...paper.  But the processes described in the other books for
> > rags are way beyond what I can do at home. (where would I put a
> > even if I could make one?)
> >
> > Just experimenting, by shredding cotton rags and boiling with lime for
> > couple hours, rinsing, and thowing the result (practically one piece at
> > time) into a blender I was able to make a product I believe is called
> > stuff", i.e., their is no more "fabric" consistency to the mass but the
> > fibers are still way to long and conglomerated to make paper with.
> >
> > So where does the enterprising amateur go from here?  Attempts at
> > with a wooden mallet just made a mess.  I figure if I could find a
> > of, say, 12 inch gears I could make a small scale pulper, but those
> > aren't at ACE...
> >
> > Any ideas on getting the final pulp at home?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Dan
> > warrend@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >
> > Dan Warren
> > warrend@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >

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