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Old 06-09-2006, 05:17 PM   #1
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a friend of mine a teacher - teaches 6 year olds - they are making paper- mashing up newspaper and rollinng out the pulp - its not quiite working
Has any one any ideas what to do
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When I was in grade school we did the same thing. I can't believe I remember this, since it was 20 years ago, but we put what I believe was colored construction paper in a blender with water to make the pulp. Then we poured it out onto a screen (possibly the stuff they use for screen printing) which was mounted to a wood frame. Spread it thin and let it dry for a while (couple days?) and peel it off.

At least that's how I remember it. I don't remember adding anything to the pulp to make it stick together or anything.
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Maybe this How to Make Paper at Home page will help?

   
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Maybe this How to Make Paper at Home page will help?
When I did it I used a blender, and never used printed-on newsprint as the source paper.

It was more like the process described here:
Make Paper from the Wisconsin Paper Council

The Paper University technique is different, but well explained and nicely illustrated (photos)

There is also a Hand Papermaking magazine, and they have some online articles on parts of the process (general, not how-to — for that I guess you have to subscribe!).

Photos of papermaking by Dixie Junius

   
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It sounds to me as if the children are trying to make papier mache (put in the accents: I can't because I'm using FireFox). I wasn't much use at it when I was young (and we didn't do anything so frivolous at school), but I've heard it's a mistake to tear up the newspaper (printed newsprint is splendid); the addition of cold water paste helps).

There should be plenty on making papier mache on the Web.

   
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It sounds to me as if the children are trying to make papier mache (put in the accents: I can't because I'm using FireFox).
It sounds to me as if they are trying to make sheets of paper.

But if it is papier mache, yes, I am sure there are web sites for that. And lots of books.

   
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It was just sheets of paper
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Peter:

It was just sheets of paper

She's obviously very brave; perhaps you might cite her for a decoration. Paper-making requires lots of water, and letting a class of six-year-olds loose with lots of water is asking for trouble.

   
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It was just sheets of paper

She's obviously very brave; perhaps you might cite her for a decoration. Paper-making requires lots of water, and letting a class of six-year-olds loose with lots of water is asking for trouble.
Don't you know it! (Voice of experience here as a mom of a six year old!)

   
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Had children late did u :-)
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