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Could laminating with self-adhesive plastic preserve old books?

I have a collection of songbooks, which are now 80+ years old (first editions, printed between 1940 - 1950). For example: Book printed in 1946 Could laminating all pages with thin, self-adhesive ...
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Recommended paper and ink for printing memorials

I need to print an eulogy off my email, copy a newspaper article, and make copies of photos to frame all together to give to my family members to hang on the wall, so they will be exposed to ...
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Advice for glueing paper onto wooden surface

I am looking to use PVA glue to stick a rectangular textured paper onto a wooden surface. I want the paper stuck completely flat with no unstuck corners. I would like to know the best method of ...
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Needle size for sewing floss design onto construction paper

I've made a bag out of thin, very old construction paper. It's about 5 inches tall, and 2 inches wide. I want to hand-sew a design with floss onto it. The floss is the texture of really tight yarn. I ...
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Paper Selection [closed]

I’m planning on creating cards - I have plenty of PNG’s saved on my desktop and I want to print them off and than use them to create cards - I have card stock for the base of my cards, what I’m ...
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Getting bubbles out of a print glued to glass

I printed a picture from my computer on regular printer paper. I then put a coat of Mod Podge on a glass block and glued the picture to it, but there were bubbles in the picture. While I'm trying to ...
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Ink Jet Printing Onto Foil Already Transferred to Paper

My first question here... I'm trying to print "magical" cards from my PNP game and I want to use a home technique that resembles (in-line) cold foil. Equipment: Black only laser printer ($...
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How do I get or make large glitter paper sheets for origami stars?

I'm trying to make a ton of origami stars (like how I (and many others) used to in middle school) for a future music/live performance, but I want them to be the most glitzed-out 2000's glitter puke ...
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How do you prevent paper pulp from sticking to a flat surface as it dries?

I poured paper pulp through a sheet of fine stainless steel mesh. I left the paper pulp out to dry in the sun for a few days. The paper pulp is stuck to the steel mesh. It is as if the paper pulp is ...
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Paintable tape for joining paper or cardboard?

Is there a suitable tape for permanently joining pieces of cardboard or paper together, that can then have paint (or other finish) applied to it just as it could to the paper/card itself? I’ve been ...
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How to temporary stick paper/card together so it can be removed later without tearing and too much residue

I am making a display/collage and need to stick some art works to mounting card to then be displayed in a frame. However, it is highly like I'll want to rearrange or reuse the works in a different ...
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Sulfite drawing paper is different shades on each side [closed]

strong text I am trying to figure out why one side of the paper is different then the other. Any ideas?
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Old Trunk Preservation vs Restoration

I’ve an old trunk which is covered on the outside with paper or maybe thin printed canvas. Parts of paper are flaking off. I am seeking preservation rather that replacing the paper. I want to keep the ...
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Are case-bound books sized to the number of pages they contain?

Context for this question is that we're thinking of using a hard-cover book as a guestbook for an upcoming wedding. We would be putting polaroid pictures inside this guestbook. The hard-cover book is ...
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Is laminating books with adhesive plastic film a bad idea (and why)?

An earlier question, How can I laminate with contact paper without leaving bubbles?, asked about covering books with adhesive contact paper, presumably to provide some protection. The image in the ...
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Is GSM a "constant" unit irrespective of what the paper is intended to be used for?

I just bought a 260 GSM photo paper (it is used to get photographs printed). But I was really surprised to find out that it feels thinner as compared to my 250 GSM art papers. I expected that it would ...
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What was this holder, made from paper, used for?

I found this is at the house of a deceased relative (IOW asking the former owner is not possible for obvious, sad, reasons). I slid a "Get out of jail free" card into it to illustrate what I ...
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What sort of paper is "The Dark Pool" album cover made of?

I am trying to create something akin to this album cover to hang on my wall. I'm not at all sure that the original was created this way, and maybe the cover is not even a photo of a physical object ...
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What does 'mil' mean when measuring thickness?

I asked a question about transparencies, and while doing research for it, I found a lot of websites mentioned their products were N mil thickness. What does mil mean when talking about the thickness ...
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What paper type should be used for charcoal drawing? [duplicate]

I have problems in blending and getting smooth texture when I use my charcoal pencil on a Monte Marte Jumbo Drawing Pad. I have Strathmore but yet to try it out.
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How can I mount a painting paper onto wood?

I have an oil painting - done on oil painting paper - which I would like to mount onto wood (plywood or solid). How can I achieve an archival bound of paper to wood? I'm especially interested in the ...
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How to achieve sharp straight white margins on rough watercolor paintings?

I am looking for ways to create razor sharp edges of watercolor paintings. I provided an exeample that I found online from a paper manufacturer. Was wondering how on earth they managed to stop the ...
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Borderless printing on DIN A6

For my project I would like to print small cardstock cards (250-300g/m^2) roughly size of DIN A7. Now it is almost impossible to find paper and printers for that format, so I figured I will use DIN A6 ...
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Future-proofing paper and ink letter

I would like to write a letter, in the present, addressed to my children in the future (no sad reasons involved; I just thought it would be nice to share my emotions of a new parent directly with my ...
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Solutions or suggestions for removing and preserving label from canned good?

Does anybody have any solutions/suggestions for removing a paper label, whole and undamaged, from a metal can? About the only thing I can think of is heat to try to soften, if possible, the glue. (...
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What is Goldline? Is it a paper? A manufacturer?

I often see/have owned sketchbooks from various brands that are described as 'Goldline'. What is Goldline? Is it a type of paper? A specific weight? A manufacturer?
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How do you make a Noteboard?

I'm interested in making a Noteboard. It is a whiteboard that folds to pocket size. The image shows what's sold as a bundle of the whiteboard in the background plus a carrying pouch and some dry-...
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What are the best mediums for creating a collage?

Semi-newb crafter here. I have a few years worth of old calendars I ordered with photos of our animals and family on heavy card-stock paper. My plan is to use an X-Acto knife, cut the photos out, and ...
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Are all plastic erasers not recommended or harmful for non-smooth papers like a casual sketchbook?

I read an answer here which says: If you are doing technical drawings on a smooth, heavyweight paper, or paper with a "shiny" surface due to size, plastic erasers will be the way to go most ...
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Can dried glitter be smoothed?

I glittered a poster board using Mod Podge. Now that it is dried I notice unevenness on it. Is there a way to smooth out dried glitter on a large poster board?
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Difference between cut edge and deckle edge paper

I'm about to buy paper on the internet, and the only difference I see between cut edge and deckle(d) edge paper is the price: deckle edge paper is a little more expensive than cut edge paper. What is ...
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Paper's preservation (fixative not working)

Apparently, my (acid-free) paper (from 'SoHo Studio'; shown below) is yellowing, I have Krylon Workable Fixatif Spray Coating. Obviously, fixatives prevent this issue to happen, what should I do? Is ...
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Repeatedly cutting 44mm circles from paper

I'm making badges, so need to cut 44mm circles out of photo paper. I'm currently using sharp scissors and being careful, but that obviously takes a fair amount of time, and doesn't give perfect ...
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How can I best repair or protect this torn cover?

I recently received a large hardback book I ordered online, only to find it was damaged during the mail process. There's a tear in the cover just on the back edge of the spine. It's not a huge tear, ...
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How can I clean a paper model?

I am a paper craft artist. I make 3D pepakura models. While making the models, if the model is made of white paper, it becomes a little bit dirty because of glue stains. Also, over time, because of ...
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Adhesive for very old newspaper

I have just found a moon map published in the UK newspaper The Daily Mail from 1969, which I saved because of the first moon landing and an abiding interest in astronomy. However, it's been folded up ...
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Best Pen for Maths? [closed]

I'm a maths undergrad and I am looking for a very smooth pen that's good for speed writing symbols and iterations (like a pencil?). Uniball Air Micro and Elite Vision both seem to have some good ...
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How do I identify good quality paper for charcoal drawing?

How do I identify paper that's good for charcoal? By "good", I'm referring to characteristics like how charcoal behaves on it, how fixative applies to the paper, durability, yellowing, etc. ...
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A way to efficiently and effectively combine papers for musical scores

I printed out some sheet music and would like to combine the pages. Currently I use tape and I cut the margins out (I need to just rescale the pages). The taping is kind of a pain because if things ...
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Printing on Black Paper

I am a paper craft artist. I have a pdf file which I need to take a printout on black paper. If I take print on black paper, I cannot see the lines and numbers. These lines and numbers, I need for ...
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Store paper in a humid environment

As a hobby, I'm starting to do calligraphy. I've bought some paper online a few weeks ago (a Rhodia paper block). Today, I found out that when the block lays on a flat surface, I see two or three ...
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How to make paper waterproof

I am a paper craft artist. I am wondering if I can make my paper art waterproof. I tried putting clear epoxy resin on the paper model, but the resin changed the color of the paper. Is there any ...
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What kind of paper should be preferred for fountain pens?

Of course the paper shouldn't have ghosting and feathering problems, besides that what should I look for in the paper for fountain pens. Some papers have teeth, some are very thin( school notebooks) ...
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What is the difference between these watercolor papers?

I heard that watercolor papers are sized with different things. I want to know what the difference is between watercolor papers sized with gelatin and sized with starch.
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Can you measure the amount of tooth that a piece of paper has?

When shopping around for art paper there doesn't appear to be a measurement for amount of tooth. The paper does have a specified weight and whether it is rough or cold/hot pressed. Can the amount of ...
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How do I turn old post-it notes into a quilt [closed]

I use multi-colored post-it notes to remind myself things. After the task is complete I don't want to tear the notes. How do I covert these post-it notes into a quilt? Here are examples of quilts
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Printed document lifespan

How long will a document (black text) printed on standard paper using an inkjet printer last? I will keep it in an envelope in a normal house hold environment, not overly hot or cold. Looking for tips ...
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Will (acid-free) paper turn yellow over time if I use tape (not acid-free) on it? [closed]

More context: I’ll stick the tape on the back, then the paper (lignin-free, acid-free cellulose, 120gsm) is painted on the front.
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Add support to large collage to prevent warping and tearing

I had been working on a huge painting made on about 15 separate sheets. After the work was finished I glued together all the paintings, but now after the paint has dried I find that the paper is kind ...
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Make imprinted folds in paper?

I have always liked the little Minecraft papercraft figures that you can buy at the store. You punch out the figures from the sheet and then fold up along the fold creases. Recently I saw some party ...
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