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« on: July 27, 2007 06:19:58 PM »

Hi there. I've been making handmade recycled paper for a long time, but never tried adding anything besides paper. I've heard of paper make with cotton rag and I have a big bag of cheap 100%-cotton cotton balls. I'd like to add these to some of my paper, but I'm not quite sure where they fit in the equation. Should I put them in the blender with the paper I'm recycling, or wait until after and just mix it in my pulp in tiny chunks? Please let me know if anyone has any experience they can share with this! Also - same question, but with bits of thread and yarn Wink
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2007 01:57:51 PM »

I did some paper with leaves once, i stirred then in just before pouring the paper pulp out onto my screen. They looked good & staed put.
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2007 02:20:51 AM »

I did some paper with leaves once, i stirred then in just before pouring the paper pulp out onto my screen. They looked good & staed put.
Thanks for the reply. My major concern is that, when experimenting with cotton and liquid, it seems to like sticking to itself a lot and not pulling apart easily. Oh well - maybe I should give leaves a try instead Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2007 05:18:31 PM »

Cotton balls might be tough because they do like to stay in a big wet glob.  I think you'd have to pull them completely apart and maybe just drop the fibers on the top of the pulp before you pull the new sheet out of the vat...or just place the cotton shreds on the mold if you pour the pulp through the mold.  Pieces of thread won't stick together like cotton ball, and lots of other additives will behave better, too...bits of leaves, flowers, etc. etc.
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