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I successfully used wooden embroidery hoops (cheap) on which I stretched and
glued vinyl screening on the inner hoop). Take a second hoop of the same
size and use only one part and place that on top of the screen hoop to
create a rim to hold the slurry.
I mix a large batch of slurry in a basin of water. We dip the hoops( rim
hoop on top) into the slurry and raise it out of the water slowly. Slurry
should fill the screen. Remove the rim hoop and cover with a piece of
newsprint and flip over, then removing the hoop once it is stationary. Lay it
on a flat surface of stacks of newspaper and sponge like mad with lots of
pressure. Then cover with paper towels and newspaper.Next, use brayers or
rolling pins with lots of pressure, to squeeze the excess water out. I have
also ironed the paper dry between stacks of newspaper.
Both ways have turned out well.
We added things to the slurry like potpourri, grasses, even tinsel that was
cut up, coffee grinds, tea, The key is the amount of water that makes up the
For casting, you need a soppy pulp that you "pat" into place. It can't be
dry! Sponge out the excess water as much as you can. Carefully peel away
from the mold by loosening a corner with a knife or similar flat object.
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