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Manual Paper Making Round 4

Posted by Fallon Foster on

This week I played with going back to printer paper and using saline rather than water.  This was another improvement, but I figure that's more from using printer paper than adding salt to the water.  Near as I could tell, the saline didn't really make any difference.  I gave the pulp two rounds through the mortar and pestle and doubled it up in the mold and that's helped improve the quality of the result, but still not quite where I want to be.  If it sounds like I'm piling too many variables into one experiment, I probably am but it's...

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It's all in the eyes

Posted by Fallon Foster on

Every so often I make something that I wouldn't feel right putting up for sale.  This happens regularly with prototypes for all the obvious reasons but every so often it happens with things I'm perfectly familiar with.  In this case, I thought it'd be a cool idea to burn a picture of Nikola Tesla.  His birthday was just a few weeks ago and he cuts a pretty sharp image for a Serbian at the end of the 19th century. The burning itself went just fine.  Four hours of careful attention and all I had left were the eyes.  So naturally...

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Manual Paper Making Round 3

Posted by Fallon Foster on

These seem to be falling into a weekly cycle, entirely by accident.  As it happens, tearing up the paper, mashing it, and forming it into sheets each take about a half hour to an hour.  This block of time just about matchs what I have available while I'm waiting for something (usually glue or stain) to cure so that's generally when I get to work on this. This last week I took the other half of that junkmail, shredded it and let it soak for a couple days before I did any masticating.  It occurred to me that the classic...

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A Viney Bangle

Posted by Fallon Foster on

Some days ago I'd received a request to make a bangle with a "vine" design.  A bit of a loose specification but not anything I haven't done before.  I briefly considered an intricate pattern that would've covered the entire bangle in vines and leaves.  Then I recalled the 8-9 hours it takes to complete the round braid along 14" of edging.  Heavy tooling would've had a pretty hard time surviving that, and probably wouldn't have been too visible from a distance anyway.  Maybe next time. =) The design was hand cut in the end and I used a mix of...

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Dog Collars

Posted by Fallon Foster on

It seems like dog collars are one of those practically requisite leatherworker items that everyone has to make at some point or another.  There was a time, not even that long ago, when just about everything in daily life was made with leather.  Now we have fabrics and "artificial" materials that have replaced leather for a great many items.  Of course, there's still a few items where leather's the top dog of materials. I'll admit that I got the general notion for the pattern from a google image, and the basic measurement to start with came from an instructable article,...

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