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 I absolutely love to make paper. It's been a business for me for a while. So many people ask me how I do it and they are fascinated by the results. I have perfected a way to make fine paper. Most paper making tutorials teach you how to make paper, but they don't tell you the secret to getting a fine paper-like texture. 

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What I describe here is the simple and fast way to make it. It might seem like a long instructable, but I want to guide you step by step. Lets start!

Step 1: What you'll need

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 This is what you will need to make paper:

-5 sheets of construction paper. (you can use any type of paper you have at home that does NOT have a shiny coat or wax on it)

-2 sheets of white paper (optional)

-About 3 gallons of warm water. (you won't necessarily use the entire amount)

-A big enough container to hold that much water and fit the mold. 

-A mold to make the paper (you can see my other instructables on how to make this mold out of screen sheet and a picture frame)

-10 felt sheets

-Sponge

-Blender

Step 2: Method Part 1

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 1. Heat 3 gallons of water on the stove or microwave until warm but not hot. It should be cool enough for you to touch. 

2. Break the five sheets of paper into small squares. Add half of the paper scraps to the blender with 5 cups of water. Let it stand for one or two minutes before processing. Mix in the blender for 1 minute. You shouldn't see big chunks of paper. Deposit the mix in the container.

3. Do the same with the remaining sheets.

4. If you want, you can mix the 2 sheets of white paper. The end result will have a smoother color.

5. Mix everything together in the container.

6. Add another 4 cups of warm water and mix well. You should have a fine pulp of paper. 
 
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I have a slightly different question. this method shows paper from paper. is it possible to make paper from materials like cotton clothes, banana leaves , coconut tree leaves ? I live in a part of India where banana plantations , coconut plantations are a plenty and this adds to ecological imbalance, so paper making from these would serve the green movement better. what are the pros & cons of these 3 sources ? any other raw material inputs can also be suggested.

I want to understand what is the positive or negative impact of Microwave oven ? what is the total time taken without this oven. because, one may not have this of the larger size than a traditional home usage size.

this is a good step by step approach. I like it. I have a query : what if one uses normal room temperature instead of warm water - does it make any positive or negative impact . my mail id : satishchandra.bilgi@gmail.com . thanks & regards . Satish

artworker1 year ago
I add few spoons of instant starch powder to make the papers blot resistant. Makes it easy to use fountain pen.
I love making paper! I never though of putting it on felt, I always get it terribly stuck to my walls. Thank you for the tip!
thanks
Kiteman4 years ago
I don't see the promised secret?

Are you sure you meant "fine", because that looks pretty rough to me...
lapapeleria (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
 Maybe the picture didn't do justice. I will upload more pictures of the final product so you can see that the texture is like normal paper.