would anyone know how to make your parchment paper? I tried and the results didn't turn out that well

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I don't do anything fancy for parchment paper... I will use plain white unlined paper and dye it with natural sources (red cabbage, onion, tea, etc - sometimes I dye the whole piece, sometimes I dye only parts of it) and use that as parchment.

how do you go about dying it, what process do you use?

If you want cheep parchment, I believe you can buy it in the supermarket in rolls like wax paper. I'm not suer if it has a waxy coating, but it is used for baking.

How to Make Parchment Paper

Back in medieval times people wrote on parchment paper. This paper is no longer used today, but you can create your own parchment paper at home. This project is very inexpensive and a lot of fun. You may want to create some parchment paper for a school project, to re-create an old poem, or to create a scroll of rules for your home. Whatever your reason you are sure to love the result.

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You'll Need
Typing paper
Hair dryer
Cookie sheet
Take your piece of typing paper and crumble it up in to a ball. Next, flatten out the paper and place it in the cookie sheet.

Pour cooled off coffee on the cookie sheet. Use a paintbrush if you need to and make sure the entire paper is covered in coffee. Use a watch and count out five minutes.

Remove your coffee-soaked typing paper and dry it with your hair dryer. Make sure you get both sides.

Tips & Warnings

Rip the edges of the typing paper before you crumble it to make your paper look older.

You can also use tea instead of coffee.

Don't hold your hair dryer too close to your paper or it could catch on fire.


Let’s pass to the experiment part of this article. By now, you understand that to make a sheet of paper, you must first get a suspension of cellulose fibers in water. Getting these fibers from a trunk is possible, but it would take too much time and effort. Therefore, we will use newspapers, from which it is easier to extract fibers. In this manner, we will also experiment with the possibility of recycling paper.

MATERIALS (figure 2):

- wooden frame
- sieve with holes of about 1 mm (available in a hardware store)
- Formica sheets
- rectangular bowl/container large enough to fit the frame
- mortar with pestle
- jug
- hairdryer
- newspaper
- green and dried grass (optional)
- flowers (optional)
- flat sponge
- water

Figure 2 - Tools to make paper at home.

With wooden boards, make a frame like that of figure 3. Mount the sieve underneath, with strips of wood and nails enclosing it (figure 4).

Figure 3 - Frame seen from above.

Figure 4 - Frame seen from below.


- soak some of the newspaper in water (it’s better if you let it to set for a day or two);
- squeeze out the excess water;
- with the mortar and pestle, crush a little bit of paper at a time until you get a homogeneous paste, consisting of fibers isolated from each other (figure 5);
- repeat this until you have enough paste;
- fill the bowl halfway with water;
- put the paper paste in the bowl and stir it to separate the fibers;
- remove any resulting clumps (a dense suspension of fibers must remain in the water);
- immerse the frame in the watery suspension in the bowl (the sieve should be facing the bottom of the bowl);
- slowly remove the frame from the suspension keeping it steadily horizontal; eventually move the frame to even out the layer of fibers (figure 6);
- wait for the water to drain;

Figure 5 - With mortar and pestle, crush some of the newspaper
until you get a homogeneous paste in which the fibers are isolated
from each other. Put this paste in a water-filled bowl and stir by
hand to help the fibers separate from one another.

Figure 6 - Immerse the frame in the bowl, collect part
of the fiber suspension, and slowly remove the frame.

- place the smooth side of a sheet of Formica on top of the sheet of paper still soaked with water;
- press on the Formica a little to drain the water, taking care not to deform the sieve (figure 7);
- with a sponge, collect water from underneath and squeeze it away every so often;
- carefully remove the sheet of Formica so that the sheet of paper remains attached to it (figure 8);
- let the sheet of paper dry. To do this more quickly, you can dry it with a hairdryer (figure 9).

Figure 7 – Place a sheet of Formica on top of the layer
of fiber extracted and squeeze out the excess water,
without putting too much force on the sieve.

Figure 8 - Gently, remove the sheet of Formica and with it
the sheet of paper, which will again be soaked with water.

- make other sheets of paper, introducing to the suspension some grass crushed in the mortar;
- (optionally) later introduce some flower petals (without crushing them).

Figure 9 - Drying of the sheet with a hairdryer.

Figure 10 - The sheet of paper produced.

The presence of green and brown vegetable fibers from the grass will give your sheets a special charm. Also, the addition of petals will contribute to make the sheets more beautiful. You can even use the paper you will have made to write a letter.

The paper you make using this procedure (figure 10) will be bright on one side and opaque on the other. The bright side is more suitable for writing. This paper is highly permeable by ink, but it is possible to write on it using a ballpoint pen. If you want to reduce the absorbency of the paper you’ve made, soak it in a solution of water and gelatin and then let it dry again.

*please note that i got this off the internet for you, so the images doesnt paste into the article http://www.funsci.com/fun3_en/paper/paper.htm#3




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