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Re: wanted: techniques for tearing down large sheets of handmade paper

Another method that I did not see in the archives is as follows:

Place the paper between two large sheets of glass on top of the work bench.
The edge of the glass should be "unfinished" that is not smoothed after
cutting.  Align the portion to be split off or removed along the edge of the
glass,  with the edges of the glass sheets aligned together and with the
edge of the glass sheets slightly over the edge of the bench, and then tear
down, or tear up, depending on which works better. The sandwiching (is that
a verb?) between the glass sheets helps you stabilize and hold the paper and
the sharp clean edge glass produces a clean edge. You can very the amount of
"deckle" by changing the angle that you tear at.

 If you want a more ragged edge. Two of the edges of your glass sheets can
be distressed by light manual chipping of the edge. Tear along these edges
to produce the desired effect. You can make the results more random by
changing the position of each sheet to be torn by moving them up or down
along the sheet and alternating tearing up or down.


P.S. Watch your fingers...

Kurt Klappenbach
Loud Creek Books & Bindery
P.O. Box 8120
Bangor, ME   04402-8120

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