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Re: Stretching Vellum
- To: Multiple recipients of list BOOK_ARTS-L <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
- Subject: Re: Stretching Vellum
- From: Pamela Rups <RUPS@MAELSTROM.CC.WMICH.EDU>
- Date: Fri, 13 Sep 1996 15:11:56 EST
- Message-Id: <199609131908.MAA17715@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Organization: Western Michigan University
- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
I'm the person who posted the question on stretching parchment/vellum. I've
heard from a couple people already, thank you, but I'd like to add this
description of how it is actually done. I just got this so I couldn't
include it earlier.
>The method I use for stretching vellum is to hold the vellum under the hot
>water tap and let the hot water run over the flash side until the vellum is
>soft. As vellum stays in a water and lime bath for quite some time during
>the time it is being made I didn't think that getting it wet again could
>possibly hurt it. Then I stretch it over a canvas stretcher and secure with
>staples. By the next morning it is completely dry and tight as a drum. Then
>I do whatever surface preparation I need to do. Some skins need very
>little, of course, but some need a lot. Just depends.
>I've used this method for many years.
What do people think? Good, bad, or ugly?
Computer Multimedia Specialist
Instructional Technology Services
Western Michigan University