Had a couple really great questions and comments on my first post about making homemade paper using Cow Manure, along with a few great ideas.
So one of them was that in the UK they sell Welsh Sheep Poo Paper, and the other was if you could use bleach to lighten your paper..
I had never used sheep poo, when I took my course years ago, it was explained that all would work but she recommended cow or horse so that was all I had tried until this week.
well, the first thing I noticed, more work picking up for less return, and more of a poo smell, where as the cow poo really does not smell much, the third thing I noticed, much smaller finer fibers then the cow manure has.
So I did the first boil, and rinse out, then I bleached them, this did lighten the fibers, you can see that there is quite a diffence in the color compared to the first post, and in the prepared water with fiber.
Now at this point, I was quite excited, I was not happy with the smell but the rest was working like a charm, until I went to screen it and it went down hill at that point.. I have a fine screen that I have no issues with when used with cow or horse fibers but at least half the sheep fibers were small enough that they just shifted though.. and living an hour from the nearest craft store that “might” have a smaller size screen, I didn’t just hop to town to go get a new one but worked with what I had.. I got a small amount of very thin paper done.. It was way to fragile, I took a photo for you to show you the final color.
Things I learned, I would not do sheep poo without adding extra thicker fibers, either by a) doing a mix with Cow Manure or buying the bag of paper fibers from the craft store and going at least 50 percent of other. B) Need to find a different screen size for sheep manure fibers.
I will see if I can find a better screen for this kind of fiber type and will do a follow up at a later date, but my next project is to do another batch of cow fibers to make card stock with wild flower seed pressed into it, so the gift tag is also a bio-composting flower packet, so the tag is part of the gift itself.
Keep those questions and idea’s coming my way.