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I have always wanted to make my own pencils, but the thought of shaping two pieces of wood to allow a piece of lead to sit perfectly inside made me think it wasn’t worth the effort. For some reason I was looking at some pieces of lead I have (for a drafting pencil) and “pop” there it was.. a solution to my DIY longing. Here is a tutorial to make pencils that is so ridiculously easy I’ve made 10 pencils since the idea came to me yesterday!
How it was done: 1.Cut the 25 sheets of paper to 5 x 8 inches. Put them into 5 stacks, with 5 sheets in each stack. 2.Using the bone folder, fold each of the stacks in half. 3.Using the sewing machine on the widest stitch setting, sew down the center of the crease on each of the five plies. 4.This is what each of the piles will look like. 5.Fold the pages in half again and pile them up neatly, with the sewn side facing out. 6.Using a press, or something to keep the pile of sewn papers together, put an old board on either side of the pile and insert it all into the press. 7.You can see here the paper clamped inside of the press with the two pieces of scrap board on either side. 8.With a brush, spread a generous amount of glue across the paper.
Thanks for the appreciation! wow, that's nifty. is it write-able? and how brittle is it? It's not soft but it doesn't break or crumble if if you touch it which is how I think of brittle. It's really thin and flat. You could write on it maybe even with a soft pencil -an HB, or a marker.
This is my first ever Instructable and already I'm afraid of losing my DIY cred because I paid someone to do the first step--which was most of the work--for me. Originally I was going to cut my Moleskine (actually three of them--a standard pocket sketchbook and two of those skinny cahiers) in half myself using an X-Acto knife a few pages at a time, but as I was driving home from the craft store and thinking about how much of a pain that was going to be, it occurred to me what short work one of those big automatic paper cutters would make of it. So I went to Kinko's and asked if they had a "really big paper cutter," to which the woman behind the counter replied, "Yeah," in a voice that really meant "Duh!" (though not unkindly). She charged me $1.50 for each cut, so $3.00 plus tax for the three notebooks (she stacked the cahiers and cut them both in one slice), which seemed well worth it for the trouble it would have taken me. A couple notes about letting other people cut your Moleskine:
Hi! So, i'm a huge fan of mail, i.e. letters, snail mail, post, whatever, etc. And, since i have absolutely ATROTIOUS handwriting most of my letters end up being type-written. The problem, of course, is that plain old vanilla computer paper is EXTREMELY boring, and magically delicious pretty paper is majorly expensive! The solution?