Started by beating half a pound of abaca in the Hollander........for an hour, which may have been a bit too long because the fibres were starting to knot.....'ah' - live and learn....practice with a new machine/process!!
Recyled material pulp experiments
This is a French Connection shirt and this is 60% of the fibres.
This is a Ralph Lauren shirt which will make up the rest.
40% of the fibres.
The cut up pieces of cloth are put in the Hollander
and after 15, 30, 45, and 1 hour
I took samples and photos of the process.................
By now all the different fibres have become indistinguishable....they have been pulped into a state that I think will produce a rather plain blue sheet. I personally prefer
some texture/bits that give a sheet some character -
but........the resulting pulp is definately leaning towards the blue.........which only made up 40% of the pulp..hmmmmm we'll see how the dried sample sheets look tomorrow.