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How to Make Paper Using Leeks

Paper making consists of suspending cotton lintel and other fibres in a solution of water. The fibres create a sheet of paper when removed from the solution on a deckle. A deckle consists of two frames. The first frame is covered with a screen while the second is an open frame. Making leek paper requires drying the leeks prior to use. A piece of paper made with 100 per cent leek fibre requires 50 to 100 dried leeks instead of using a combination of cotton lintel and leek fibre. The process is the same.

Place 2 gallons of water in the 12-by-14-by-8-inch rectangular plastic container or 4-inches of water in the bottom of the container.

Place 1 cup of cotton lintel, 1/2 cup dried chopped leeks and 3 cups of water into the blender. Blend the mixture on high for one minute. Pour the solution into the water basin. Repeat the process with the second cup of cotton lintel and 1/2-cup of dried leeks.

Stir the contents of the water basin with your hand to evenly suspend the cotton lintel and leek mixture.

Place the two parts of the deckle together so the empty frame is on top. Hold the two pieces together. Slide the 8-inch edge of the deckle into the water next to one of the 11-inch edges of the water basin. Continue to slide the deckle along the bottom of the water basin until it is completely submerged.

Gentle slide the deckle back and forth along the bottom of the water basin. Continue the motion and lift up slowly. Continue the back and forth motion until the deckle is completely out of the water. Allow the excess water to drain.

Remove the top frame from the deckle. Center the chamois over the top of the cotton lintel and leek paper. Place the chamois on the surface. Hold the chamois tightly in place and quickly flip the deckle over so the chamois is on the bottom. Gently remove the screen from the surface of the paper. Allow the paper to dry 24 hours before use.

Tip

To make 100 per cent leek paper, use a total of 3 cups of chopped dried leek. Follow the same process as making the paper with a cotton lintel mixture.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups cotton lintel
  • 1 cup chopped dried leeks
  • Blender
  • Water
  • 8 by 10-inch wood deckle
  • 12 by 14 by 8-inch rectangular plastic container
  • 11 by 14-inch chamois
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Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."