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Re: Waxing Handmade Paper?
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: Waxing Handmade Paper?
- From: "James T. Downey" <jdowney@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 08:10:27 -0500
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Have you considered using a thinned-down methylcellulose "sizing" instead
of wax? It will give you the results that you want, without any problems
with tackiness or the discoloration that wax will sometimes cause. I use
it as an archival fixative for my marbled papers, and to bolster the
strength of handmade papers (or papers that have been washed to remove
Take your standard-thickness methylcell adhesive, and thin it down with
distilled water about 7:1. Apply with a hake or other soft brush, allow
to dry. This _may_ cause the boards of the book to warp a bit, since
you've increased the strength of the paper on one side of the cover, but
you can compensate by either adding an additional paste-down paper on the
other side, or by applying the methylcell adhesive there, too.
James T. Downey
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