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Re: [BKARTS] Ideas to make tree bark flat and more durable?



I'm not sure about the Ph of sodium bicarbonate, but if it is alkaline, then
it will counteract the acidic nature of the wood; to what extent I have no
idea.


Chad Longley
chad.longley@xxxxxxx
 

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> From: Book_Arts-L [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
> Behalf Of Cara Schlesinger
> Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 4:42 PM
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [BKARTS] Ideas to make tree bark flat and more durable?
> 
> Hello Ginger,
> 
> I use birchbark, maple, cherry, and ash barks in my books - - 
> the younger the bark, the more flexible (and birch, of 
> course, peels to paper).  I've found that a good, 
> old-fashioned, overnight soaking in warm water does wonders 
> to make bark pliable.  Rinse it before pressing.  It doesn't 
> get soft, of course, so when I press it I pad it with lots of 
> blotter, newsprint, and even rags to cushion the bark against 
> the pressure.  I change the blotter and padding every few 
> hours, gently encourage the bark to a flatter position, and 
> keep it under weight until it's thoroughly dry.  (If blotter 
> residue sticks to the bark when you remove it, just dampen 
> the spot and rub it gently until the residue comes off.)
> 
> Taking a lead from the baking-soda-for-bean-soaking tip, I 
> began to add baking soda to the soaking water, and I do find 
> that it makes the bark a bit more pliable.  However, I know 
> soda is alkaline, and so may well introduce set of 
> conservation issues that I'm not equipped to address.
>  Does anyone have any thoughts on what effects it may have?
> 
> Good luck,
> Cara
> 
> Cara Schlesinger
> Faenwyl Bindery
> www.faenwyl.com
> 
> -- Ginger Burrell <gingerrachele@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello,
> 
> I recently found some lovely pieces of eucalyptus bark that 
> I'd like to flatten and use as pages or covers for a book.
> Any ideas on the best way to do this? The pieces are 
> currently rather curly and I'm afraid if I just press them 
> they will crack.
> Any other info on using bark in books is appreciated.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> ~Ginger
> 
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