Mandy Brannan


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Papermaking week..........


Well today was even more productive........earlyish start at the LCBA.......
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

Next I cut up some of Simon's 100% cotton shirts. I choose two that are better brands because, maybe, they are made with good quality material and pigments.
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.................
15 mins

30 mins

45 mins

1 hour

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.

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