This is going to be a rather picture heavy, word light post since I repeat the process several times but I wanted you to see all the variations. This is part three for part one go here, part two here.
I started out pouring the pulp into my circle cookie cutter. I like that the walls help hold the pulp in so I can work on removing water.
Use sponges to make the pulp semi-dry. You still want it loose pulp so that you can push it into the molds.
I have two terra cotta cookie molds. These were popular ages ago but were really hard for cookie making. I love them for making ornaments so they are already designated for crafting in my house.
With very loose pulp, start filling the mold. Press the pulp into the mold one area at a time.
Here the mold is full but you can see it is lumpy and taller than the mold walls. The reason for this is I still have to remove more water and press the pulp with the sponges.
It is important to be aggressive with the sponge (but not so much you break your mold). Your paper will dry in the mold and there is no chance of weight pressing.
Once you have the pulp pressed in as much as you can, clean around the edges and set your mold aside to dry. I did remove the paper once the back was dry enough that I could remove without damaging the paper. Let dry on a rack.
These little mold are something I found at a garage sale or something like that. They came in a ziplock bag with a recipe for cream cheese mints. I doubt I will ever make anything like that. They are silicon and very thick.
This mold could take a lot more abuse when I was pressing the pulp in.
I wasn’t able to make the back as smooth as I would have liked but the pulp was pressed enough that I could pop the paper out.
The finished flower ready for the drying rack.
I mentioned on Tuesday that I got this mold at the dollar store. This is just a festive ice cube tray. The silicon is very thin.
While the mold could take some abuse, the flimsiness of the mold made it hard to press the pulp really well. And the final product didn’t have the great detail like the flower.
However, this is an inexpensive way to make fun paper products. I’m thinking this is going to be a cute bead or pendant. If painted well, the lack of detail won’t matter.
I hope this encourages you to expand beyond just the basic sheets of handmade paper. I am, currently, making things out of my paper but I don’t think they will be ready by tomorrow so make your paper this weekend and next week check out some fun things you can make with it.