Grate Paper (Ornamental). The accompanying illustration, when drawn upon paper and cut out, will require some amount of patience and perse venture; but the paper, when completed., will amply repay the operator for all the trouble, as it is extremely elegant, and at the same time inexpensive.

The materials required for each paper are, two sheets of white tissue-paper, and some paste or mucilage.

The instruments required are, a sharp pair of fine-pointed scissors, a lead pencil (F, or F F), needle and sewing cotton, and a circular punch (o).

To prepare the materials, take two largo sheets of tissue-paper, and paste or gum them very neatly together by their longest sides, so as to form a large sheet.

When dry, fold the paper in the centre, and double it again; mark off the exact distance of each bar or pattern with a pencil, and rule the paper according to the design given ; then tack it along the spaces between each bar, so as to prevent it moving during the process of cutting out. Sketch the design according to pattern or taste, and then proceed to cut out all the shaded parts with a sharp pair of scissors, taking care not to sever the connecting pieces ; but if they should be divided by accident, the two parts must be neatly joined with a little gum or paste and tissue paper.

In marking off the design, it may be some guide to our readers to inform them of the dimensions of each part of a paper according to the accompanying design.

When the paper is folded and tacked - No. 1 should measure 6 1/2 in. long and 2 in. wide.

„ 2.............. 9............4 1/2

., 3..............11 1/2........... 2 3/4

„ 4.............15 ............ 3 1/4 „

„ 5.............161............ 1/2 "

„ 7..............17 3/4............ 1/2

" 8............. 19 3/4............ 2

When all the shaded parts have been cut out, and the design finished by punching the parts that require it in Nos. 5, 6, 7, and 8, the basting-threads must be removed, the paper carefully opened out; and, the top being neatly tied with a piece of thread, the ornament should be suspended to a nail driven in the chimney, hung over a piece of wood like a cross, and placed over a heap of faded grate shavings, or thrown over a stiff sheet of dark-coloured paper arranged on purpose. (* See next page.)

Ornamental Grate Paper 450