Oct 102008
 

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.)

 

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Step 2: Put pieces of paper into the blender.

 

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Step 3: Add 1 L of hot water.

 

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Step 4: Blend about 3 minutes to make pulp.

 

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Step 5: 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.)

 

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Step 6: Pour pulp into mold over screen.

 

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Step 7: Remove mold from water, letting as much water drain as possible.

 

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Step 8: Remove top from mold

 

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Step 8: Blot paper with blotting paper or paper towels.

 

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Step 9: Carefully remove your paper from the screen by slowly peeling back the blotting paper.


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Step 10: 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.


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Step 11: Carefully peel your new paper off the blotting paper.


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We also made a sheet using blue construction paper.