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    What method do you use to tear your Mulberry Paper - I know that when you want the "torn" look, the easiest way is to tear it (!), but I find this extremely tedious when you are trying to do a large batch and the squares you want are quite small - it all gets really fiddly.

    Can you get such a thing as scissors which you use like normal scissors but which don't have a sharp blade therefore keeping the "torn" effect?

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    Not too sure of the texture of mulberry paper but there is a pattern cutter in the world of sewing which looks like a wheeled pizza cutter,and you basically go round a pattern using this cutter and it leaves little holes.

    I was thinking if the paper is quite fine you could use this pattern cutter to perforate it then pull it apart.
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    • #3
      I find that if you dampen the edges of where you want to tear it's so much easier and controlled. I wouldn't recommend using the scissors method as no matter how blunt they may be it won't give the same effect. Hope this helps.
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      • #4
        I totally agree with the above - I use a paintbrush to wet where I want to tear. Shaped scissors or whatever will just pull it, and don't whatever you do make my early mistake of trying it in a punch. (one perfectly good punch later...)
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        • #5
          I also got these templates in diamonds, squares and rectangles. They're like thick pieces of acrylic and you can hold them on the paper and pull up to tear the mulberry.

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          • #6
            I have a bit of experience using Mulberry paper - I have to agree it is so fiddly to try to tear. I normally use a ruller to tear bits off as I find it is quicker than tearing by hand and also I can measure as I go.

            Leanne x

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            • #7
              Cutting mullberry

              Hi
              Cutting mullberry paper, I use the paintbrush and water technique, wet the line or shape you want to cut out then very gently tease the paper apart, them the fibres aren't cut and you get a lovely soft edge.

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              • #8
                punch sharpening

                Originally posted by euston-74 View Post
                I totally agree with the above - I use a paintbrush to wet where I want to tear. Shaped scissors or whatever will just pull it, and don't whatever you do make my early mistake of trying it in a punch. (one perfectly good punch later...)
                Mel
                Just put some normal tinfoil through your punch, sharpens it up again, no problems!!
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                • #9
                  I also wet the Mulberry paper with a paintbrush and water and usually tease it apart with a pair of tweezers.

                  It's such a lovely soft effect, although it did take me a few attemps to get it right the first time I tried it!!

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