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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Upcycled/recycled Christmas Decoration on: November 18, 2008 12:10:34 PM
I'm having sooooo much trouble finding my way around these forums!! if this is in the wrong place - please do move it!
This is a link to a picture of my finished competition entry for Folksy.com. The challenge was to make a Christmas decoration using only upcycled or recycled things - you couldn't buy anything - or use your ordinary supplies.
Strangely enough I made this the night before I saw a post about the competition - obviously an omen!


(i did look in the recycled forum section but there were no posts there and it looked like a private place so ran away!)
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: First attempt at handmade paper from oak leaves... on: November 18, 2008 11:58:52 AM
i've just made some finer sheets of paper using all my shredded paperwork - including my tax return (filed it online)!!!


i'm going to use them to make 24 little envelopes for the boys advent calendar this year.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: First attempt at handmade paper from oak leaves... on: November 03, 2008 07:01:54 AM
Certainly can!
I bought a paper-making kit - but you don't really need to - the kit included the mesh frame you need for making the paper - and not much else really!

all you need is a frame (old picture frame) with something like net curtain stretched and tacked over it.

Paper shreddings are great for this - the result is a white speckled paper.  But for these envelopes I used around 80% oak leaves - just scouped up off my lawn!  I soaked them in boiling water for a few hours - then boiled them up in water for around an hour.  this didn't seem to do too much apart from soften them. The boiling process is to break down the fibres to enable them to bind together when you make the paper.   I then added a pile of paper shreddings as the oak leaves were very fibrous and I thought it needed something softer to help bind it all together..  The whole lot was then whizzed up in the blender until the leaves were fairly broken down - I picked out any stalky bits that didn't break down.

The resulting slop is then used to make the paper - I could talk you through it but it would take hours so probably best for you to google the method.
basically it is put into the mould - the water drains out through the mesh and you are left with a pulpy layer - this is the paper.  I used an envelope shaped mould in the deckle (frame) so the shape for the envelope was already formed.
once you've made the paper and dried it - there you have them!

you can used any plant materials to make paper - I want to use nettles from my veg patch to make paper for seed packets to put the seeds in I harvest from my veg - a great circle of recycling!  Ill have to wait until next year for that though!

seriously though - if you buy a papermaking kit - it is simple to make paper - these envelopes were the first thing I made - i tend to jump in!
this is the kit I bought - quite expensive but the materials you make the paper with are free so there are no more costs there.
I got it at my local art shop - this website is a US one just to show you the one I bought - it was expensive but its great quality and I wanted to be able to make an A4 sheet which this one does - you can seriously make your own mould though - i just didn't have the time/inclination!  there are much much cheaper kits on the market.
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / First attempt at handmade paper from oak leaves... on: November 02, 2008 12:41:51 PM
This is my first attempt at handmade paper - don't ask me why I didn't go for plain old paper pulp but instead had to boil up oak leaves from my garden - but I did! its 85% oak leaves and the rest is paper shreddings (mostly bills and bank statements!) - I made envelopes too, using a deckle ....

i'm going to make all our christmas cards this year ...

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / My latest bunch of fish .... on: November 02, 2008 12:23:13 PM
I can't find where else to post this - if anyone can direct me i'd be very grateful - just putting it in here for now!


also - something very different as it not funky at all like all my other pieces


i'd love anyones opinion - i love the funky designs but some people do prefer plainer - which do you prefer?
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Hi from the UK on: November 02, 2008 07:00:22 AM
hi there - from across the waters!
I am a paint-splattered mum of three boys who runs her own business from an over-stuffed room in her home!
Still finding my way around here - getting more and more lost......
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