How to make paper with your own hands

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Making paper with your own hands can be quite simple and easy. It is also a great way to find the use of old checks, stray waste paper, unnecessary booklets, correspondence, otkserennymi sheets that you have long intended to throw in the trash. And instead of getting rid of these things, you can create a unique handmade thing out of them.

So do you have such waste paper in the background? As well as a plastic container and a kitchen blender? With only a few components and following simple instructions, you can easily create paper with your own hands and become a true friend of the environment.

Materials you need to make paper:

  • water;
  • waste paper;
  • plastic container;
  • kitchen blender (if this is not available, you don’t have to buy a new one, it’s enough to purchase and used);
  • two frames, on one of which a fine mesh is stretched;
  • board or sponge and rolling pin;
  • towels, wool blankets, clothes, pellon, fleece rags and other wicking material.

How to make a frame with a grid:

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STEP 1. Cut the paper

Cut or neatly drawing paper into equal 1 inch squares. Then soak the paper pieces for a few hours, or leave overnight.

Watercolor, printing and drawing paper will do just fine, because it is made of strong fibers, which makes it a strong flap, rather than a chemically treated wood fiber.

And yet, this is a great experiment with unnecessary correspondence, office papers, paper bags from stores, advertising booklets and much more. Notice, no plastic.

Well, of course, this is an experiment with different color combinations.

STEP 2.Mix everything and make hand-made paper

Fill the food processor with water. Add a small handful or two of the cut waste paper (but not more, to prevent the combustion of the motor of our equipment). Turn on the blender and mix until the waste paper turns into a homogeneous pulp.

Do not try to make a smoothie from the resulting paper mixture.

Then you need to find the capacity in which the main process of creating paper will take place. Fill about 1/3 of the half of the container with the resulting paper pulp, then add water. The more paper you add to the water, the thicker the paper will be.

STEP 3. Take out the sheets

For this, you will need a frame with a fine mesh of the required size. In fact, these are two frames, one of which is equipped with a very fine mesh. It ensures the retention of small particles of paper and the filtering of water.

To form a sheet: align the two frames, lower the resulting device strictly vertically at an angle of 45 ° into the container with the paper mixture. After that, carefully rotate the frame horizontally, immersing it completely in water. When removing the frame with the grid, try to give it a vertical position.On the grid will keep the same paper mixture. Shake the frame gently and let it flow.

STEP 4. Removal from the grid

Next, we need to move the wet sheet from the net to a dry, water-absorbing surface. Woolen felt patches fit perfectly, but that doesn’t mean that you only need to use them. In fact, there are many alternative options: woolen blankets, soft and even paper towels, thick non-melting surfaces, pellets, fleece rags, bed sheets, etc. Having separated the grid from the frame, lean it with the wide side against the previously prepared surface so that the grid remains at the bottom and wet paper at the top. Quickly and gently turn the grid in motion, as if you are closing the door.

STEP 5. Pressing

Option 1:Manual pressing. Place a piece of pellone cloth or paper towel on top of your received sheet of paper. With a small sponge, start pressure - at first with a light pressure, and then more and more strongly.If you have a roller or rolling pin on hand, you can use them to create even more pressure.

Option 2:Pressing with boards. Use all available felts or paper towels, placing them on top of the mesh one above the other. When all the fabric material is finished, cover the resulting structure with a wooden board on which you can place, for example, heavy dumbbells, or stand up yourself for better pressure.

STEP 6: Drying

Option 1:Surface Drying Find a flat and dense surface. Well-suited smooth wooden boards, plexiglass and heat-resistant plastic. Take a wet sheet and gently lay it on a flat surface. Make sure the edges are also under heavy pressure. Leave the paper for 1-3 days to allow it to dry well. Drying time depends on paper thickness and room humidity.

Option 2:Alternating Drying.Take a little blotting paper, towels or other absorbent material.

Place the prepared dry material, and then lay over it a damp hand-made paper sheet.

Repeat. Create a kind of stack.

After completing the creation of layers, place a wooden board on top or a heavy book. Check the paper daily and replace the moisture absorbed material with a dry one.

Option 3:Normal drying. This method is the simplest. Take your wet sheet of paper, put it on a shelf, ordinary or worktable and leave to dry. Yes, it is wildly strange and primitive, but sometimes it is such an original method that is most optimal.

Option 4:Drying on pellone or clothes. After pressing, take a pellone or a piece of clothing with wet paper still attached to it, and carefully, hang the material on the clothesline by the upper edges of the fabric. Drying in this way will take one to two days, after which the paper can be unhooked from the fabric. True, the paper will be a little rough.

That's it, we dried the paper!

Also, if you have a little paper mixture left in the container, you can safely store it. Take a fine sieve to remove paper pulp from water. Then roll it into a ball and let dry. To reuse, just soak the ball overnight, cut it into small pieces and scroll again in a blender.

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