A spoiled facing. This was to be a post about improvement. The laid wires were straighter and the facing much improved. Instead, in a few thoughtless seconds, scrap! After the laid facing was completely finished I cranked too far and look what happened. The bottom of the wire twisting mechanism started to run into theContinue reading “OOPS!”

#58 Making a Very Fine Laid Facing

At 30 wires per inch this is the finest facing I’ve ever made. After running tests to see what size chain wire to use I set out to make a facing for a 12″ x 18″ mould. The laid wires are .0144″ diameter 3/4 hard phosphor bronze and the chain wire is .0102″ diameter annealedContinue reading “#58 Making a Very Fine Laid Facing”

#57 Investigating a pair of 19″ x 22-1/2″ Double Faced Laid Moulds from Wookey Hole

This is the other pair of moulds that was referred to in post #46; “Investigating a pair of Amies Wove Moulds”. There were not as many surprises this time but, as always, there are interesting details to observe. Both moulds and deckle have this identifying tag, #319. These moulds have laid facings that are asContinue reading “#57 Investigating a pair of 19″ x 22-1/2″ Double Faced Laid Moulds from Wookey Hole”

#47 Making a 24″ x 36″ Laid Facing

The largest laid facing I’ve made measured 30″ x 40″ but that was more than twenty years ago. Until now I hadn’t hadn’t made a very large facing on my new loom. There was no reason to think that it wouldn’t work but I was pleased to get a positive result. This mould maker’s loomContinue reading “#47 Making a 24″ x 36″ Laid Facing”

#23 Sewing a Double Faced Laid Mould

Backing and facing wires have been fitted to this mould; the next step is to sew them to the ribs. A soft (annealed phosphor bronze, in this case .010″ diameter) sewing wire follows a spiral path for the length of each rib to bind the wires to it. The ribs have been drilled at regularContinue reading “#23 Sewing a Double Faced Laid Mould”

#21 Making a Backing on the Loom

Another post details the process of making a laid facing. Most of that information also applies to this post so it is worthwhile to review both to gain a fuller picture. The mould is ready to receive its wire parts. A wire backing fresh off the loom is curvy but will flatten out when tapedContinue reading “#21 Making a Backing on the Loom”

#17 Finishing the Mould Frame

This post covers the remaining steps needed to prepare a double faced laid mould to receive its wire facing and backing. The topic of ledges and how they relate to backing wires in wove and laid moulds seems to need some explanation. It is important to understand the purpose of these structures so this postContinue reading “#17 Finishing the Mould Frame”

#20 Making Laid Facings

For a detailed look at how this loom functions go this site: paper.lib.uiowa.edu/epm*. Here you will find an extensive list of related internet links. Near the bottom of the list select “Z3”. It will take you to a video that I made of the process of making a laid facing on this loom. The qualityContinue reading “#20 Making Laid Facings”

#19 Straightening Paper Mould Laid Wires

Wire can be purchased in coils or on spools. In either case the wire comes off curved. In order to make a laid paper mould facing or backing it is necessary to make it much straighter. Above, a piece of .0226″ diameter 1/2 hard phosphor bronze wire right off the spool resting on some ofContinue reading “#19 Straightening Paper Mould Laid Wires”