To make the paper:
Here is what you will need:
- blender or egg beater
- mixing bowl
- flat dish or pan (9″x13″ or a little larger than the screen)
- round jar or rolling pin
- newsprint, scrap paper or wrapping paper
- piece of non-rusting screen (about 12″ x 8″ or the size of paper you want to make)
- 4 pieces of cloth or felt to use as blotting paper (same size as screen)
- 10 pieces of newspaper for blotting
- 2 cups of hot water
- 2 teaspoons of instant starch (optional)
What to Do:
- Tear the newspaper, scrap paper, or wrapping paper into very small bits. Add 2 cups of hot water to ½ cup of shredded paper.
- Beat the paper and water in the blender, or with the egg beater, to make pulp. Mix in the starch (optional). Completed pulp should be the consistency of split pea soup.
- Pour the pulp into the flat pan.
- Slide the screen into the bottom of the pan and move it around until it is evenly covered with pulp.
- Lift the screen out of the pan carefully. Hold it level and let it drain for a minute.
- Put the screen, pulp-side up, on a blotter that is placed on top of newspaper. Put another blotter over the pulp, and more newspaper over that.
- Roll a jar or rolling pin over the “sandwich” of blotter paper to squeeze out the rest of the water.
- Take off the top newspaper. Flip the blotter and the screen very carefully. Do not move the pulp, it will take at least 12 to 24 hours to dry depending on how thick and wet the paper is.
To make the screen:
- 2 picture frames – same size, with everything removed – you should be left with just the frames
- Hardware Cloth – a type of stiff wire mesh used for fencing, screen doors, etc.
- Window screening – use aluminum, not fiberglass
- Foam Weatherstrip Tape – it’s adhesive on one side, and usually used for doors & windows
- Staple gun & staples
- Duct Tape
- Wire cutters
- Optional: polyurethane & paintbrush
STEP 1: CUT THE SCREENING
Cut down the hardware cloth and window screening, using your wire cutters and junky scissors. You’ll want to make them both the same size, and just slightly larger than the picture frame size.
STEP 2: STAPLE
Find the flattest side of one picture frame. Layer the hardware cloth and window screening on the frame. The window screening should be on top.
Staple the sandwiched layers to the frame. Make sure the screen layers are flat and taut before you start using the staple gun.
A good trick is to first place a staple at the center of each edge. From there, keep going around from side to side, working your way outward from each center staple.
STEP 3: TRIM, DUCT TAPE, & WEATHERSTRIP TAPE
Trim off the excess edges, or any violent-looking wires.
Now, time for everyone’s favorite fix-it solution — duct tape! Cover all four edges, making sure not to go past the interior edge of the frame.
Last but not least – make the deckle! Take the second picture frame (that you haven’t touched yet) and apply foam weatherstrip tape. It’s adhesive, and you’ll want to apply on the flatter backside of the frame, all around the edges. This creates quite a tight seal, and prevents pulp from leaking out between the mould & deckle when you’re forming sheets.
This tutorial is good for smaller, hand-sized moulds. For anything bigger than around 8″ x 10″, the center of the mould might start to sag, causing issues with sheet formation.
I can buy one here –> http://www.vycombe-arts.co.uk/onlineshop/prod_3693855-Professional-Papermaking-Mould-Deckle.html