Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Inkling: Make your own paper

Recycled paper:

What you’ll need:
- A frame with glass (remove the back and any sharp edges).
- A pair of old tights.
- A rectangular bowl that’s bigger than the frame.
- A blender.
- Scrap paper of any size, type and colour.
- A bucket and spoon.
- Dry sheets of newspaper that’ll fit over your frame.
- A rolling pin.
- A sponge.

What to do:
- Tear the paper into small pieces and put them in a bucket that’s filled with warm water. Let them soak
   over night. Keep topping the mix up with warm water.
- Using the blender, add two cups of the paper mix and add a cup of water. Blend this until you have pulp. - - Then tip all of this into the rectangular bowl. Repeat with another two cups of the mix from the bucket.
   Add 4cm of water to the bowl and swirl it around a bit.
- Put the tights over the frame – don’t let the corners snag. Tie knots in the ends and cut off any extra bits
  and lower the frame over the pulp, then lift it out of the box.
- Lay some sheets of newspaper over the top. Place your hand in the middle and flip the frame over.
- Use a sponge to gently press over the whole frame. The aim is to get rid of the excess water. Slowly peel
   up the frame. Now you should have a sheet of new paper lying on top of a sheet of newspaper.
- Put some more sheets of your paper on that and use a rolling pin to help the newspaper soak up extra
- Peel away the newspaper and leave the exposed side of your new paper in the sun to dry. When the whole
  sheet is dry, the newspaper will easily peel off your new paper.

There you  go!

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