Mold and Deckle
To make a mold and deckle you will need:
- 1/2" x 1/2 " wood, four 10" pieces and
four 8" pieces
- Wood glue
- Fine-mesh nylon netting
To assemble the mold and deckle:
- Arrange the pieces in a rectangle. You will be making 2
frames, but only one will have mesh netting. Glue them
together, using an angle iron to get the corners square.
- When the glue is dry, hammer in 2 small nails at each
corner to hold the sides in place.
- Paint the entire frame with varnish. Two coats is best
and allow to dry overnight. This seals the wood so it
will not discolor the paper.
- Cut the netting 10" x 12". Wet the netting and
staple it to the frame using a staple gun. Start by
stapling the middle of one side, the the middle of the
opposite side, pulling as tightly as you can. Then staple
the other 2 sides.
- Now staple all around the frame, making sure the netting
is taut. As it dries, it will become tighter. Cut away
the extra netting.
- Brush around the edges and sides of the the frame--this
will help keep the netting tight.
Note: You can also use picture frames that
are the same size, but they do need to be flat so they don't slip
when you are making the sheets of paper.
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