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(NOW ABOUT THAT DRYER LINT. I hate to put a damper on your enthusiasm but
according to my information the particles in dryer lint are as fine as
asbestoes ( .2 microns ) and that makes it very dangerous to the lungs.
Breathe it in and it is too small to be exhaled. It stays in the lungs and
grows scar tissue. Look it up on the archives if you want more information. If
you washed it to wash out the fine fibers it might be safe but I wouldn't use
it. I spray my dryer filter before I remove the lint so I won't breath it
then. Over time you can cause lots of lung damage.)
I use window screen and a various sizes of plastic embroidery hoops for my
forms. I have a few rectangular frames but the kids like the hoops and they
are inexpensive and easy to repair. For the vats I use deep kitty litter
plastic pans One thing the artists have made with the round paper is large
ice cream sundaes and banana splits and decorate with sprinkles (saved from
the book binding machines that punch all those nice "Holes") Also we get lots
of animals from the circles. It is a challenge to come up with something to
make from unaltered circles. No problem to use in its altered shape and the
scraps go back into the blender.
If you are recycling good drawing paper the quality of the recycled paper is
good, binders are already in there. We sometimes iron between sheets of
paper for a hot press surface and compare the cold press with the hot press
and compare water coloring on both.
I do 3 rotating stations.
*1st group tears paper to bits into small buckets (large yogurt containers)
*2nd group runs the blenders on pulse to make pulp ( I use a thick wash
cloth on top of the 1/2 filled blender to control the spill) This group also
dips water from the vats and puts it in a bucket to reuse in the soak buckets
& blenders. The vats can accumulate water which needs to be removed and
reused in the soak buckets & blender. 1 papermaker holds the lid, one pulses,
and one carries the pulp to the vat. 2 blenders so I make approx. 6 to a
group I plug into one of those plugs with a fuse and plug that into a
*3rd group dips the pulp and sponges dry. (3 vats so some have to wait turns
here) but the dipping is quick the sponging takes much longer. We keep
sponging until the pulp easily separates from the screen. Oh yes! Dip the pulp
on the top of the screen not into the hoop! put a piece of bogus on top of the
pulp, squeeze excess water and turn over onto newspaper to sponge out excess
water. Pulp will start to separate when enough water is sponged out.
*4th group dries. We press dry by making a sandwich of a lap board
(masonite 16x20 - cardboard would do), newspaper, dry bogus paper, wet paper,
more dry bogus paper, more newspaper, and another lap board on top. Stand on
this to press out the excess (cold Press paper). Peel off and put on another
piece of bogus with name in crayon already on it Cardboard and drying rack to
complete. We reuse the bogus and newspaper pads by putting them on the drying
rack and a collating rack so they are dry by next day if no monsoon.
This isn't as messy as it sounds. Really! Have lots of newspaper at stations
2,3,4 to soak up the water.
The rotating station arrangement is less teacher intensive.