Silk paper

I have started to look at and experiment with hand made silk paper. I like the ability to add inclusions within it that remain semi covered and just visible.

I bought some silk cocoon strippings and initially made one sheet of very fine paper by spreading a thin layer of damp strippings between baking parchment, and then ironing. The Silk cocoon strippings contain silk gum (sericin) that when dampened act as a natural glue.

Silk cocoon strippings ironed whilst damp between baking parchment.

Silk cocoon strippings ironed whilst damp between baking parchment.

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