Making Paper at Home

Making paper yourself is a bit time-consuming but not especially complicated, and you probably have most or all of the necessary raw materials.

making paper - step 1
Fill a five gallon plastic vat with three quarts of pulp. Add cold water to within 3 inches of the top. Insert mold and deckle vertically.
making paper - step 2
Tilt mold toward you until it is lying horizontally.
making paper - step 4
To couch, start with the mold held vertically over a piece of wet felt.
making paper - step 3
Life out the mold and deckle. Hold is horizontally while excess water drains. Stir the vat mixture after each sheet to keep pulp from settling to the bottom
making paper - step 5
In one smooth rolling motion, lower lower the mold down with your left hand until it's flat against the felt, then raise it back up with your right hand.
making paper - step 6
Pull the mold and deckle away. Once your sheet of paper is separated, place another section of wet felt on top of it and repeat the process from the beginning.
making paper - mold and deckle
A mold and deckle are essential equipment if you're making paper yourself. The mold is a durable wood frame, one side of which is covered by a fine-gauge, porous material.

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