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Dyeing Pulp for Paper

Read the previous article on the methods of extracting, using and manipulating Pigments, Dyes and Natural Dyes as I am not likely to re-explain some of the processes.

The Actual Process of Using Sawdust of the Osage Orange Tree

  1. Added about 12 qts of water (neutral PH) to stainless steel pots (2)
  2. Added 1359g (3 lbs) of used* Osage sawdust, split between the two pots. *(Before I received this sawdust, it had been used to dye 3 batches of wool. It still has plenty of dyeing power.)
  3. Placed the pots outside in the summer heat (102°).
  4. Pot of Dye
  5. After 2 days, strained liquid through a fine mesh sieve with finer mesh (12XX) silk screen fabric lining the sieve. I added more water to the pots and let them set. Strained off the additional water.
  6. To concentrate the dye (so the pulp wouldn't be totally over diluted with water/dye), boiled and then simmered the water/dye until the volume went from about 16 qt. to about 2 qts.
  7. From a previous pulping run, I saved 4 gallons of half-stuff, recycled pulp. To this I added 8 Tbs of retention agent and 2 qts. of dye.
  8. 4gal of Half-Stuff Bottle of Retention Agent
  9. With a paint stirrer attached to a drill, stirred solution for about 10, 3 min Ska songs (30 min.) It became a beautiful caramel color. Pretty much only the pulp tinted and not the water.
  10. Mixing the dye into the pulp
  11. 4 qts half-stuff to 10 gallons of water to start the sheetforming. 1 qt. added for every 3 sheets (A3). Ended up with about 40 sheets.
  12. Sheetforming dyed paper pulp