Wooden Trough

This is made of inch deal, about 1} in. in depth and 1/2 in. in length and breadth larger than the sheets of paper that are to be marbled. This proportion between the size of the trough and paper should always be observed, to prevent waste of colour; of course, troughs of various sizes will be required, where paper of various sizes is to be marbled. The trough must be water-tight, and the edges of the sides of it must be sloped or bevelled oft on the outside to prevent any drops of colour which may fall on them from running into the trough and sullying its contents.

A Skimmer, or clearing stick, must be provided for each trough; this is a piece of wood, 2} in. wide, 1/2 in. thick, and as long as the trough it belongs to is wide inside; the use of this will be explained hereafter.

A Stone and Muller of marble, or some other hard stone, the size according to the quantity of colour required to be ground. Also a flexible knife, for gathering the colour together.

A dozen or two of small glazed pipkins to hold colours in. The pots being furnished with Brushes made as follows: - Take a round stick about as 'thick as your finger, and cut a notch all round one end of it; next, take some bristles, 4 or 5 in. long, and place them evenly round the stick, at the notched end, letting them project 1 3/4 in. beyond the wood; fasten the bristles to the stick by several turns of stout thread; cut away the ragged bristles, and tie up the brush firmly with fine cord. The use of the notch round the end of the handle is to make the bristles spread out when firmly tied up, so that when used the colour may be scattered about more abundantly.

Hods for drying the paper on when marbled; they should be round, at least on the upper side, and about 1 1/4 in. in breadth and thickness. Twelve rods 11 ft. long will hang 3 1/2 quires of demy, or 4 1/2 quires of foolscap.