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Re: Paper question

How large are the sheets you are making?
If they're not huge, you might consider the solution Margaret Johnson, of
San Francisco, has.  If she has to wash the pages of a book, instead of
going first to blotters, she puts them in a drying rack and lets them
air-dry.  Then she "spritzes" them with a mister (water-spray - not a
human-being) to lightly moisten them, and THEN puts them under blotters and
a standing press or such to flatten out.  I would guess that ironing then
might work.  Gotta be careful with irons, though, because most of them have
aluminum plates which gather junk from other ironing, and my experience has
been that they can transfer marks or stuff to the paper, so I alway iron
through another paper or material with low heat.
Charles Schermerhorn

> From: Juliet Page <julepage@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: Paper question
> Date: Thursday, June 04, 1998 9:48 AM
> At 11:36 AM 6/4/98 -0400, Melissa L. Hatalsky wrote:
> >Then you must dry the papers
> >immediately....If I remember right the woman I got this tip from said
> >had something that A dry cleaner would use to press clothes...a table
> >presser.  She would put the freshly pulled sheet of paper into this iron
> >presser and would dry and press the paper at the same time.  Will it
> >by just ironing the paper with a regular iron?...probably...but I admit
> >never trying it.
> Missy and all,
> I've been playing around a bunch lately with my Arnold Grummer Pour Mold
> Paper making kit.  (Great FUN BTW!).  I've been drying my sheets with an
> iron all along.... No patience for waiting for them to dry under a stack
> phone books.  <g>  It works great!  You need to use a couch sheet and
> directly onto that, instead of ironing directly onto the paper.  Also,
> need to press the iron down hard for 15 seconds or so, then move it over
> and press again.  I have one layer of terry cloth towel on top of my
> formica work bench which I iron on top of.  Every couple of presses turn
> the couch sheet over, as well as the paper you're pressing.  I use the
> cotton setting on my iron with NO steam.  After they're dry to the touch
> (but probably a bit of moisture is still inside) I do press them
> under a stack of heavy things to help them stay flat.  If I'm doing
> paper without heavy inclusions, I might actually iron directly onto the
> paper, but it sometimes discolors the paper, so you'll have to test it.
> I've had the same experience with drying petals and flowers.  If you dry
> them first then add them to the paper they retain their color.  There is
> product called the Micro fleur for drying flowers in the microwave.  I've
> read that one can use 2 corelle plates and paper towels and achieve the
> same results.  I haven't tried it myself, but supposedly, the quicker
> microwave drying helps retain petal color.  I tried drying cherry
> in a phone book and they all turned brown.  :(  At the same time I also
> some fresh ones into the paper.  They were all brown a few days later.  I
> wish I knew about the microwave technique back then, I could have tested
> the cherry blossom petals with the microwave.  Oh well... Guess I'll have
> to do some more hunter gathering for flowers in the garden...   <g>
> The Cottage Stamper   (aka Juliet Page)
> ~ overlooking Mill Creek on the Chesapeake Bay ~ Maryland USA ~
> ~ Next Inkspirators Stamp Club Meeting, Monday 6/8 7:00pm ~ Crofton, MD ~
> ~ Next Annapolis Fiber & Knit Club Meeting, Friday 6/26 7:00pm ~

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