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Papermaking Round 12

Posted by Fallon Foster on

The weeks since we came back from Grand Forks have been too busy for me to find any time for making paper but fortunately that started to let up just a tad a couple days ago.  I've been starting to experiment with the chemistry of the paper which, at the moment, mostly means trying different size agents to see how they affect the result.  Size is the term for anything added to the pulp to make the paper more consistent, flexible, flat, etc.  In Batch 12 I used a water based contact cement and had what I would term as "moderate success."  The paper is slightly better than Batch 11 but not by an overly significant degree.  As soon as I hit the baking aisle at the grocery store and free up a few more hours, we'll see how Batch 13 turns out.