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« on: December 04, 2003 08:02:23 PM »

i want to make my own paper for christmas cards this year.  i only have a vague idea on how to do this, so could anyone give me instructions for making your own paper...?

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2003 09:21:37 PM »

actually a friend of mine makes a lot of paper
ill have her post soon
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2003 09:22:18 PM »

here's a good thread from the glitter boards on papermaking

http://discuss.gromco.com/mwforum/topic_show.pl?id=35972
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2003 07:15:44 AM »

i used to make my own paper.  it's really easy and a lot of fun.  all you do is take some paper that looks like it could get soaked (newspaper, color printer paper, old books, etc.) and rip them up into small pieces.  get yourself a cheap blender at a dollar store.  put all the paper in there and add some water.  just guess.  it'll be pretty thick like oatmeal.  this is your main pulp stuff.  

now you need a bigger container like something you could soak your feet in.  pour water into it about half to 3/4 full.  then dump in your pulp stuff.  this is where you add glitter, flowers, food coloring, whatever.  oops!  you need a strainer!

the best thing to use is an old screen from a window.  if you don't have that use pantyhose & a wire clothes hanger.  shape the wire into a rectangle and stretch the hose over it.  for the window screen just cut it into a rectangle.  these are your strainer things, so be sure they're small enough to be dipped into your larger container.

remember, these are all guesstimation directions--you really can't goof it up.  anyway, once you have a strainer thing, stir up your water & pulp and dip in your strainer.  basically, you slide your strainer down the side of the container then you slowly bring it to the surface.  it will catch your paper pulp stuff.  btw, the consistency of your mix will now be very, very runny.  if you picked up a nice thin layer on your strainer, you did good.  if it's a super thick mass--add more water.  if you can totally see your strainer through it--add more pulp.

you're almost done now.  all you gotta do is set these suckas out to dry.  which is why you want a bunch of strainers (didn't mention that before!).  i do them all at once.  i do this in the warm months, so in the cold months i guess you just find a warm spot for them to dry out.  in the summer i sometimes get bugs that land on my paper, so i squish them into it & they become a part of my paper (i know, it's cruel).  once they're dry, just peel them off & cut them into whatever shape you want.  

don't forget--this is the poor man's way.  i'm sure, actually i know, there's better methods.  this is not at all how we did it in my paper-making class, but who's got all the money for that crazy equipment?  

be creative in what you add to your mix--there's all kinds of stuff!!!  and you can also add stuff while it's still wet on your screen, like i did w/ the bugs.  good luck & have fun!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2003 01:23:41 PM »

bugs?!?  Shocked Grin
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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2003 09:39:21 PM »

You can add almost anything to paper.  You can also do dried leaves and flowers and things.

also, what i did once in a workshop was dry it on an embroidery hoop and make two pieces.  Cut a ribbon and when the pieces are semi dry but still have a lot of water in them, press them together with the ribbon in the middle and sticking out.  When they're completely dry, fold over so you have a half circle shape.  Make a small booklet of paper to fit inside, glue it in, and then tie it closed with a ribbon.  Now you have a mini journal, a place to write a nice letter to a friend, or whatever else you can think of.  It really looks nice.
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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2003 09:52:38 AM »

ooh that sounds lovely! do you have any pics?
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2003 07:42:01 PM »

Sadly, I don't.  I don't have a digital camera.  But it really is beautiful.  If you try, can you post a pic of it for everyone to see?
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« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2003 01:00:43 PM »

when i was a t.a. for kindergarten we made our own paper and it was soooooo fun... messy but fun!
the directions that comfits posted is exactly how we did it... thank you soooooo much for that btw!! i had forgoten how and i had really been wanting to make some lately.
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