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These are easier made than many sites and videos would have us believe. Many of these productions represent overkill on the technology (jacks, levers, screw presses, etc.) and list unnecessary ingredients (like flour for binders---Why waste good food!). I make biomass paper mache logs from junk mail. The junk mail seems to bind better with less preparation in shredding than newspaper, but both work well. Newspaper doesn't seem to set up as well as does the better quality paper in junk mailings (just be sure to remove the cellophane windows before shredding---and go easy on paper shredders---most are not heavy duty---and be sure you have all the staples out, for they can wreck a machine. I use two to three days soak time in a five gallon bucket. This softens the paper strips, but before I mold the logs, I further pull apart (hand-shred) the paper to make the fibers looser so they will coalesce better when pressed. I mold in a perforated pvc pipe, merely loading it with pulp and squeezing. (You choose the ultimate length of log you want. Short ones "eject" from the pipe easier!) For complete instructions see my article:
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Posted:Feb 11, 2010
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