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Re: [BKARTS] backing cloth with paper...a question of paste...

  The following are directions for making bookcloth from a workshop with
Dea Sasso. I've used it many times and works great.

SUPPLIES NEEDED: wheat paste, Okawara or mulberry paper, fabric, glass
surface larger than the cloth, brayer and X-acto knife.
 PROCESS:  Wet cloth. Lay the cloth, right side face down, on the
glass.  Brush the paste onto the tissue or mulberry paper that has been cut
an inch or so larger than the cloth.  Lay the paper, glue side down, onto
the cloth.  Brayer the paper to the cloth, removing any air bubbles.  Allow
to dry thoroughly then carefuly cut around the fabric and peel off the
glass.  Window cleaner will take off the left-over glued paper and clean
the glass for another sheet.

At 09:18 AM 04/22/2003 -0700, you wrote:
i have a good deal of cloth scraps -- large ones, pretty ones -- that i'd
like to back so as to use for covering books.  i've got a few nice pieces
of japanese tissue for the backing, and one paste recipe.  i'd like to put
forth this recipe to y'all to see what you have to say on the subject.
does this paste recipe seem alright for making cloth into bookcloth?  if
not -- any suggestions?  my plan is to paste the cloth, lay on the paper
and then put the whole thing under a large piece of wood panel with
cinderblock on top for a few days to press.

paste recipe:

2 parts wheat flour (unbleached pastry)
1 or 1 1/2 parts rice flour (nonsweet)
1 or 1 1/2 parts potato flour
enough H20 to make a thin cream

cook at least 15 minutes, stirring, until paste is thick and translucent.
then move to separate bowl, continue to beat until paste is cool.

i'm told that the rice and potato flour give the paste a bit more body
than the wheat alone....

what do you think? sound like it will work, or just create a mess?

- kristen

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