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« Reply #620 on: August 06, 2014 04:03:18 PM »

I experimented last year with natural plant material...I am hoping to try some paper making this year with this knowledge...I just have to find another blender...I learn so much from everyone here and from google and wikipedia...I just love the rough texture of the handmade papers...I hope more people will post
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« Reply #621 on: August 06, 2014 05:59:04 PM »

I love that paper! What a good idea!
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« Reply #622 on: August 06, 2014 10:16:07 PM »

Cota tinctoria here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cota_tinctoria

Washing soda is used for removing lignin and some other things from the plants. The plants brake down to fiber easier and they will last time and light better (think of bad quality newspaper, it's full of lignin). Or something I'm not a chemist either and it's been years since I read about the theory of papermaking. Here is a better explanation of things http://maybabcock.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/phragmites-australis-can-be-made-into-paper/

Sadly the finished paper doesn't really smell (Also a good thing Grin), but during the process the orange smell was delightful Smiley

Now, how long are they going to be in your stash before you use them? Grin

Cheesy Good question! The orange papers I'm going to use for cards this X-mas and I think will need to use some of the other batch too. The flawed papers I was thinking to give to a friend who swaps a lot and the rest Cheesy My best bet is that I'll try to sell them. I have this funny idea that I'll learn the routine to make paper from all the fruit peels and rinds and sell them to buy more yummu fruits for us to eat Smiley \o/ I'm not sure I'll ever get there though.
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« Reply #623 on: August 07, 2014 02:44:45 AM »

Love the handmade paper  Smiley Great texture! I've made paper from junk mail before and thoroughly enjoyed myself  Grin
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« Reply #624 on: August 07, 2014 06:08:17 AM »

Thanks for the explanation and the link...I am fascinated by processes...so few people these days understand where our basic everyday things come from...your handmade papers would be lovely for additions to altered art, notecards, etc.  I see handmade papers at art festivals all summer...a sheet lasts a long time...believe me, I have a drawer of them! Grin

hmmm...I never thought to trade them...maybe in some of the swaps it would make a nice extra!
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« Reply #625 on: August 07, 2014 12:31:32 PM »

Chirel, thanks for the links. Very pretty flowers. Good luck with the paper production. Never thought about making it to sell although I've certain bought it before. Duh! Boot to the head!

AIMR, yes, including some handmade papers as extras would be nice for all of us papercrafters, but I think it would be even more awesome if there were a swap. Maybe after the holidays since everything seems to be picking up right now.
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« Reply #626 on: August 07, 2014 01:32:51 PM »

I will save some of my flowers and herbs with paper in mind...I saw some mushrooms last week that I know produce a nice rich brown color...I always have hibiscus for reds-purples...I am going to start a box of papers to recycle for handmade instead of putting them in the recycle bin...I do need to hunt down a used blender...
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« Reply #627 on: August 07, 2014 06:30:04 PM »

I made some cloth napkins/cleaning towels for myself in the Fake Swap Craftalong, I faked joined the frugal swap. Also need a storage solution so I whipped up a quick little basket. I used up a bit of flannel, sweatshirt material, jean scraps and bias tape. The swap was what I needed to kick my but into sewing gear. I need to fake join another, apparently deadlines help my productivity.

You can see them here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434803.msg5229088#msg5229088
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« Reply #628 on: August 07, 2014 07:52:10 PM »

feels good to use stuff in your stash...nice set of towels and bonus basket!
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« Reply #629 on: August 07, 2014 09:09:16 PM »

The orange peel paper is just fascinating. It looks like it has a gorgeous texture. Now I just have to convince myself that I do not want to get into papermaking.

I've been destashing away. I've knit up some cat toys to donate to the animal shelter. In total, I made 20 to donate. I used up scrap pieces of the pinky shades of yarn, the end of a white skein, and 2 sheets of felt.


I've also started (finally!) on my Christmas gift making, so that will help me a lot. I've promised myself that I am only going to use what is currently in my bedroom.
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