1938. To Make Waxed Paper

1938.    To Make Waxed Paper. Take cartridge or other paper, place it on a hot iron and. rub it with bees' wax, or make a solution of the wax in turpentine, and apply it with a brush. It is generally prepared on a large scale by taking a quire of paper and opening it flat upon a table, and then going over it quickly with a very hot smoothing-iron, against which is held a piece of wax, which, melting, runs down upon the paper and is absorbed by it. A little practice will soon determine the amount of wax that should be melted off from time to time. When the upper sheet is saturated it is taken off, and the one below is treated in a similar manner. Any excess of wax applied in the first instance readily penetrates through to the lower layers. Useful for making water or air-proof pipes, for chemical experiments, also for tying up the necks of bottles, covering preserve jars, and for enveloping tobacco and other substances that require to be kept from the air, replacing generally tin-foil and similar substances.

1939. To Make Oiled Paper

1939.    To Make Oiled Paper. Brash sheets of paper over with boiled oil, in which dissolve a little shellac carefully over a slow fire, and suspend them on a line until dry. "Waterproof. Employed to tie over pots and jars, and to wrap up paste blacking, etc..

1940. Oiled Paper as a Substitute for Oiled Silk

1940.    Oiled Paper as a Substitute for Oiled Silk. Boiled linseed oil is reboiled with litharge, acetate of lead, sulphate of ziuc, and burnt umber, an ounce of each to a gallon. The sheet of paper being laid on a square board, it is well covered with this mixture. The first sheet is covered on both sides; the second, placed on this, receives one coating; and so on to 20 or 50. Separate and hang up to dry.

1941. To Make Paper Fire and Waterproof

1941.    To Make Paper Fire and Waterproof. Take 26 ounces alum, and 4 ounces white soap, and dissolve them in a quart of water; into another vessel dissolve 2 ounces gum-arabic and 1 ounce glue, in the same quantity of water as the former, and add the two solutions together, which is now to be kept warm, and the paper intended to be made waterproof dipped into it, passed between rollers, and dried; or, without the use of rollers, the paper may be suspended until it has perfectly dripped, and then dried. The alum, soap, glue, and gum, form a kind of artificial leather, which protects the surface of the paper from the action of water, and also renders it somewhat fireproof. A second immersion makes it still better.

1942. To Make Fireproof Paper

1942.     To Make Fireproof Paper. Take a solution of alum and dip the paper into it, then throw it over a line to dry. This is suitable to all sorts of paper, whether plain or colored, as well as textile fabrics. Try a slip of the paper in the flame of a candle, and if not sufficiently prepared, dip and try it a second time.