Many types of paper that can
be used include:
* Computer Paper (unprinted)
* Newspaper (If you want a grayish colored paper)
* Egg Cartons
* Old Cards (For heavier paper)
* Toilet Paper
* Paper Bags
* Non Waxed Boxes (Pre-soak in warm water)
* Office Paper
* Tissue Paper (For finer paper)
* Typing Paper
* Construction Paper
Supplies you'll need:
* Window Screening (mold)
* Wood Frame (old picture frame can be used too) (deckle)
* Plastic Basin/Tub (Large enough to totally immerse frame)
* Blender/Food Processor (For making paper pulp)
* White Felt or Flannel Fabric
* Staples or Tacks (For tacking screen on frame)
* Liquid starch (optional)
1. Select the pieces of paper
to be recycled. You can even mix different types to create your
own unique paper.
2. Rip the paper into small
bits, and place into the blender. (about half full). Fill the
blender with warm water. Run the blender slowly at first then
increase the speed until the pulp looks smooth and well blended.
( 30 -40 seconds) Check that no flakes of paper remain. If there
are, blend longer.
3. The next step is to make
a mold. The mold, in this case, is made simply by stretching
fiberglass screen (plain old door and window screen) over a wooden
frame and stapling it. It should be as tight as possible.
4. Fill the basin about half
way with water. Add 3 blender loads of pulp. (the more pulp you
add the thicker the finished paper will be) Stir the mixture.
5. Now is the time to add the
liquid starch for sizing.(This is not necessary but if the paper
is going to be used for writing on, you should add some, the
starch helps to prevent inks from soaking into the paper fibers.)
Stir 2 teaspoons of liquid starch into the pulp.
Place the mold into the pulp
and then level it out while it is submerged. Gently wiggle it
side-to-side until the pulp on top of the screen looks even.
6. Slowly lift the mold up until
it is above the level of the water. Wait until most of the water
has drained from the new paper sheet. If the paper is very thick,
remove some pulp from the tub. If it is too thin, add more pulp
and stir the mixture again.
7. When the mold stops dripping,
gently place one edge on the side of a fabric square (felt or
flannel square). Gently ease the mold down flat, with the paper
directly on the fabric. Use a sponge to press out as much water
as possible. Wring the excess water from the sponge back into
the large plastic tub.
8. Now comes the tricky part.
Hold the fabric square flat and slowly lift the edge of the mold.
The wet sheet of paper should remain on the fabric. If it sticks
to the mold, you may have pulled to fast or not pressed out enough
water. It takes a little practice. You can gently press out any
bubbles and loose edges at this point.
9. Repeat the steps above, and
stack the fabric squares on a cookie sheet. Save one fabric square
to place on the top of the stack to cover the last piece of paper.
Use another cookie sheet to press the remaining water out of
the stack. (do this outside or in the bathtub, it can make a
10. After you press the stack,
gently separate the sheets. They can be dried by hanging on a
clothesline or laying them out on sheets of newspaper. When they
have dried peel them off the fabric and voila! you have paper!