01. Do not give full names out to unknown or untrusted people. 02. Do not give credit card numbers out unless the person or organization that is getting the information is trusted. 03. Do not give out social security numbers. Be very careful what information is given out in chat rooms and e-mails. Do not give phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers or any other sensitive information out. 04. Be wary of people met online. Do not believe everything they say. 05. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. 06. If you're logging into a web page that requires a user name and password or any other sensitive information, make sure that web pages is the right page. For example if the link to PayPal looks like www.paypa1.com (notice the "1" [one] instead of the "l" [letter L]) you'd know it's a bad link because it's not www.paypal.com, the legitimate site. In many cases false pages are crafted to look exactly like the legitimate ones. This is a common scam. Many times the links will come in your e-mail with a message threatening that the account will be shut down, or something of that nature. Be wary of such links in e-mail.
Papermaking is a fun and easy craft, suitable for gift-giving, that uses simple materials that can be found around the house. Whether you want to recycle, create your own unique stationery or make a gift with a personal touch, papermaking is a fun and easy craft. In order to make your own paper, you will need water, a tub or sink, paper scraps, starch or glue, a blender or food processor, a screen and pieces of cloth.
PAPER SCRAPS Any of the following can be ripped into small pieces and used to make paper pulp:
The texture and color of your final product will depend on the make-up of the paper scraps used in the pulp. You can also include decorative materials in your paper like:
Small bits of foil
Dried flowers, leaves and herbs This is your chance to really experiment to make a unique craft or gift.
SCREEN The most common screen used in papermaking is a wooden frame with a piece of wire mesh screen stapled to it. It is possible to use any material for the frame, as long as you can securely attach the screen to it. A simpler alternative is to bend a clothes hanger into a rectangle or square and slip a pantyhose leg over it.
DIRECTIONS 1. Tear the scrap paper into small pieces and fill the blender or food processor about half full. Add warm water. Blend until the mixture looks smooth and there are no individual pieces of paper left. 2. Fill the tub or sink with warm water and then add the paper mixture. Mix it together thoroughly. Add a little bit of glue or starch - this will help make it so that inks don't bleed, making the paper better for writing. 3. Put your screen into the paper pulp, letting the mixture settle on top of it. Shake it back and forth a little for more even coverage. 4. Lift the screen out of the tub, keeping it level. If the texture of the paper doesn't look right, you may want to add more water or blended paper to your tub and try again. A little experimenting will help you learn how thick the mixture should be for the type of paper you want. Press as much water as possible out of the paper pulp. 5. Lay a piece of fabric or felt on a flat surface. Flip the screen over onto the fabric, and transfer the paper to the fabric. Place another piece of fabric over the paper and squeeze out any excess water by hand or with a rolling pin. 6. Repeat this process for as many sheets of paper as you wish to make. 7. Leave your paper out to dry. When it is completely dry, peel the paper off the fabric. You may want to iron the pieces of paper to remove any final dampness and to flatten them out a little more. 8. If you are making the paper for yourself, it's ready to use. You can cut it to size or trim off any rough edges, although it's often the roughness of homemade paper that makes it so unique. If you want to give your paper as a gift, bundle it together and tie it attractively, perhaps with a nice pen attached.
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