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what you will need:
  • Large Bowl
  • Two sheets of blotting paper (about 6 inches square) (or a newspaper)
  • Sheets of Used Paper
  • Egg beater or liquidiser
  • Instant starch (two teaspoons in a cup) will provide what commercial papermakers call ‘size’. This will help to stiffen your paper
  • Wire gauze or fine mesh
  • Water
how to make your paper:  

1

Tear the paper into very small pieces (not more than 1 inch square) and place in the bowl. (If a liquidiser is used, put the torn paper into the liquidiser, fill with water and beat until the fibres are separated. Add to large bowl of water then proceed as 4 below).

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2
Fill the bowl with water (warm water is best). If you want to use starch, add two teaspoons to the water now.

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3
Let the paper soak for ten minutes, then beat it with the egg beater or liquidise until it becomes mushy, with the fibres well separated.

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4
Dip the mesh into the bowl, tilting it so that the edge goes in first. Then lift the mesh up flat.

5
Let the water drip back into the bowl.

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6
Turn the mesh upside down onto the blotting paper. This must be done carefully so that the pulp does not come apart.

 
7
Carefully remove the mesh and place the second sheet of blotting paper on top, and roll firmly.

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8
Iron carefully until it is dry.

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9
Peel back the blotting paper slowly, leaving your first sheet of hand made paper. This must then be left for 24 hours to dry completely.
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