Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Checking IN - Getting Ready for CHRISTMAS !!!

I am getting my plans in order, and my supplies!  I hope to crank out some items to sell in the next few months.  Photos are a problem for me, so I am working on that issue.  All we can do is just keep going...the best we know how to.

I will catch you again soon.  I tend to post at the FB page, but I am working toward a weekly blog post here.  That should be achievable, especially after I get my production issues worked out.

Until next time,
In Christ,

Deborah Martin

Working Together Inc
Building for the End Times

Friday, April 06, 2018

Making paper pulp for the first time

Welcome to my first multiple photo effort... I uploaded six (6) photos from my first effort to make paper pulp out of newspapers.  The only way I can see them is at the end of the post... so this is a brief description of what I wanted to share.

Photo  - 1 -  is the box of shredded newspapers I created for my paper mache projects so I grabbed it for this first effort.  I guess I need to say that is what is left in my box of shreds.  I barely used any of it for this soaking... and I was amazed at how much pulp it made!

In photo  - 2 -  You can see the blended mush, called pulp, in the pan I have dedicated for craft use.  You can also see how the black from the paper gets on everything... at least everything plastic!  In the pan is the plastic art knife I grabbed to use as a mixing spoon.  In photo  - 3 -  you can see what it did to the end of my blender.  I'm not sure yet if I have to dedicate this blender to paper pulping or if I can still use it for other crafts, like mixing plaster.

I was so surprised to see how much it made that I didn't know what to create with it.  I finally decided to make and dry molded squares in my silicone mold for crafts only, planning to store it dry and use smaller amounts when I get to the making paper sheets part of this craft.  You can see the molds in photo  - 4 -  and a couple of squares that came out of their places the way I hoped they would.

There was so much water still in the pulp after I strained as much as I could out of it, in sections.  Then I turned it over on more newspapers to drain water from the molded shapes.  I had some left over so I did the same thing with sections on a small metal pan I had, turning it over to drain more also.  You can see in photo  - 5 -  that I decided to squeeze the sections of pulp with my hands and MORE water was discovered!  So, I decided to squeeze out one of the square molds, too.  You can see that half of the empty mold was filled with water from one cube in photo  - 6 - ... up in the corner.

In the videos I watched on YouTube, they used white paper scraps... I can see why!!   :-)  I hope to find some use for recycling newspapers, so I may try to mix the different kinds of paper in the future.  For now, I have to squeeze out as much of the water as I can to make the right shapes I need... some to dry and store, some to dry and try as crafting supplies.

I also learned a bit about how much water really comes out of this pulping process.  A lot more than any video shows!  haha... I wonder why!   I am now going to collect a lot of sponges and old rags and paper shaping materials for the future. 

I have wanted to try this for so long, at least now I am learning the way it works and finding a path to the way I want to make it.

Maybe some day I will figure out why I can't post photos from the writing screen, like I use to do.  That will be a major improvement.

Until next time,
Deborah Martin