15 September 2012

New Pellon

A new bolt of pellon arrived in the mail today! I quickly cut it up, washed it, and used it for a batch of white cotton paper. I love how fresh pellon makes those first few batches so crisp and smooth.

Pellon is a synthetic stabilizer used by papermakers as felts between sheets. I use pellon number 65, which is smooth, non-fusible, and extra stiff. Its more expensive, but when I hang the spurs to dry, the sheets turn out perfectly flat, not curled as with thinner interfacings. 

I use a quilter's cutting board and rotary cutter to cut my pellon to size. Each bolt makes about 65 sheets. 

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