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How to make paper

Ancient Egyptians designed the first material like the newspaper we know these days known as Papyrus. Papyrus scrolls were created by getting pieces of the inner aspect of the papyrus come, trimming then hammered into a challenging, slim piece. The phrase “paper” comes from the concept “papyrus”. The Paper that we know these days was designed by Ts’ai Lun in A.D. 105, It is considered that he combined almond, mulberry debris, and cloths with water, crushed it into a pulp, forced out the fluid and put it to dry in the sun. Paper was created and this respectful blend would set off one of mankind’s biggest interaction radical changes. Today there is a resurgence in selfmade papermaking designs. Not only is it a fun experience for you and the children, but it’s a excellent way to sell spend into amazing opportunities. Below you will discover a easy papermaking formula to get you began. If this is initially you are generating newspaper, don’t be frightened to research with different fibres, you don’t have to keep with newspaper relevant items. Add whole bloom minds to the pulp blend after it has been through the mixer. You can add spend of string, tin aluminum foil, even seed. Its all comes down to what you want. Experience different designs and shades after all Ts’ai Lun did! Keep in mind, some of your opinions will churn out while others may not. Have fun with it, communicate your imagination.

Simple Recipe:

Many kinds of paper that can be used include:

* Computer Paper (unprinted)
* Newspaper (If you want a gray shaded paper)
* Magazines
* Egg Cartons
* Old playing cards (For heavy paper)
* Bathroom Paper
* Paper Bags
* Non Wax Containers (Pre-soak in heated water)
* Office Paper
* Cells Paper (For small paper)
* Writing Paper
* Napkins
* Development Paper

Supplies you’ll need:

* Sponge
* Window Screening (mold)
* Wooden Frame (old picture frame can be used too) (deckle)
* Plastic Basin/Tub (Large enough to completely dip frame)
* Blender(For making magazine pulp)
* White Felt or Flannel Fabric
* Staples or Tacks (For tacking screen on frame)
* Liquid starch (optional)


1. Select the pieces of paper to be recycled. You can even mix different types to create your own unique paper.

2. Rip the paper into small bits, and place into the blender. (about half full). Fill the blender with warm water. Run the blender slowly at first then increase the speed until the pulp looks smooth and well blended. ( 30 -40 seconds) Check that no flakes of paper remain. If there are, blend longer.

3. The next step is to make a mold. The mold, in this case, is made simply by stretching fiberglass screen (plain old door and window screen) over a wooden frame and stapling it. It should be as tight as possible.

4. Fill the basin about half way with water. Add 3 blender loads of pulp. (the more pulp you add the thicker the finished paper will be) Stir the mixture.

5. Now is the time to add the liquid starch for sizing.(This is not necessary but if the paper is going to be used for writing on, you should add some, the starch helps to prevent inks from soaking into the paper fibers.) Stir 2 teaspoons of liquid starch into the pulp.

Place the mold into the pulp and then level it out while it is submerged. Gently wiggle it side-to-side until the pulp on top of the screen looks even.

6. Slowly lift the mold up until it is above the level of the water. Wait until most of the water has drained from the new paper sheet. If the paper is very thick, remove some pulp from the tub. If it is too thin, add more pulp and stir the mixture again.

7. When the mold stops dripping, gently place one edge on the side of a fabric square (felt or flannel square). Gently ease the mold down flat, with the paper directly on the fabric. Use a sponge to press out as much water as possible. Wring the excess water from the sponge back into the large plastic tub.

8. Now comes the tricky part. Hold the fabric square flat and slowly lift the edge of the mold. The wet sheet of paper should remain on the fabric. If it sticks to the mold, you may have pulled to fast or not pressed out enough water. It takes a little practice. You can gently press out any bubbles and loose edges at this point.

9. Repeat the steps above, and stack the fabric squares on a cookie sheet. Save one fabric square to place on the top of the stack to cover the last piece of paper. Use another cookie sheet to press the remaining water out of the stack. (do this outside or in the bathtub, it can make a mess)

10. After you press the stack, gently separate the sheets. They can be dried by hanging on a clothesline or laying them out on sheets of newspaper. When they have dried peel them off the fabric and voila! you have paper!

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