How to care for paper craft items

If properly cared for, the lampshades and wall art will last for decades. Items crafted by Paper Destination mostly use acid free paper, the colours will not change. Nevertheless, they are meant for indoor use and should be protected from excessive heat, humidity, strong light, and sharp objects. In most cases they have been given a light coating of poly urethane finish to repel dust and moisture. For purposes of improving durability, some of the more fragile papers have been laminated with PET plastic films. Periodic dusting with a soft brush or cloth will keep your items looking good. Also, it is important to use only LED bulbs of less than 5W, and keep away from incandescent bulbs and naked flames.

 

We recommend that pulp art be framed without glass since paper, like canvas, needs to breathe.

Why are paper edges irregular

Handmade paper is made by dipping a net covered frame (the mould) coupled with a second frame (the deckle) into a vat containing the paper pulp and drawing it out of the vat with a thin layer of fibre deposited on the net. The edges of the sheet are limited by the deckle, which is then removed before couching the new sheet on cotton or felt cloth. As the newly deposited fibre is very fragile, the edges of the paper often become irregular. Deckle edges are therefore a characteristic feature of handmade paper.