This week our TOG studies have brought us to Ancient China. Frankly, one week is not really enough time to go into much detail, so we’ve down a broad overview. Our favorite activity (so far) has been papermaking. We made recycled paper. (Meaning, we made paper out of paper.)
Step 1: Rip 1 sheet of paper into pieces about 2″ square. (Shape isn’t important, just basic size.)
Put pieces of paper into the blender.
Add 1 L of hot water.
Blend about 3 minutes to make pulp.
Put paper screen and mold into large container. Fill with water until the water level is 1″ over the screen. (OK, this is the part that I cheated on. My husband took a summer seminar at NC State’s Pulp and Paper Science Department and they gave him all the supplies for making paper in the classroom including this nice little screen apparatus.)
Pour pulp into mold over screen.
Remove mold from water, letting as much water drain as possible.
Remove top from mold
Blot paper with blotting paper or paper towels.
Carefully remove your paper from the screen by slowly peeling back the blotting paper.
Make a “sandwich” with 2 layers of blotting paper under your new paper and 3 pieces of blotting paper on top. Iron on highest heat setting for 3 minutes.
Carefully peel your new paper off the blotting paper.
We also made a sheet using blue construction paper.