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Re: Papermaking/casting

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jwells (jwells.us)
Thu, 16 Dec 1999 09:01:49 -0800


Sharon,
I've made paper with my kids. It's not hard and they think it's so fun! I
have 8th grade but have made paper with 11 and 12th grade. The simpler the
materials and tools the better. Make your own, don't buy all that stuff
they tell you too. I used Elmer's glue in my mush to be the binder. It
worked fabulously. Try not to use too much mush at one time, unless you
want really thick paper. The thicker it is, the harder to write on for some
reason. I don't have a great deal of experience, but I've been satisfied
with making paper every time. I could tell you lots of things, but why
don't you e-mail with questions and I'll answer them if I can. Oh, buy old
blenders at garage sales, they work great when mixing the mush.
Janet in Connersville
-----Original Message-----
From: Sharon Barrett Kennedy <sharonbk>
To: ArtsEdNet Talk <artsednet>
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 1999 4:36 PM
Subject: Papermaking/casting

>Hi, all--
>
>I'll be teaching a papercraft craft during the month of January for a small
>group of students grades 5-12. I want to include papermaking and
>papercasting, but I've never even tried this myself.
>
>I'm stocking up on library books and I ordered a book from amazon.com the
>other day, but I'd like to consult the true experts--you guys.
>
>Is there some special stuff you have to buy to get paper to release when
>you're casting? I read about spraying or spreading something inside of the
>molds.
>
>When making paper, do you have to add some sort of chemical to the mush?
>I've seen references to that in some of the books I've seen, but I'd like
to
>keep all this as safe and simple as possible--with lots of time for
>experimentation.
>
>Is it best to go about all of this with homemade materials (dishpans,
screen
>frames, etc.) or is a kit worth the investment?
>
>What do I really need to know to make this course a success? (And I'm sure
>I'll have even more questions once I'm up to my elbows in the stuff!)
>
>Thanks for your help--
>Sharon
>
>
>
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