Green Kiting

by Tony Sangster
(Adelaide, SA, Australia)

We are all told to go green and conserve the planetary resources and reduce carbon use etc. Certainly the high end of kiting is about technical materials such as rip-stop nylon, fiberglass and carbon fire spars etc.

Can get back to basics? Use of wood and paper as renewable resources is a good start.

I am trialling various agents on silk - leaving swatches so treated in the sun to see whether they last better so treated and I'm thinking about how to strengthen paper.

Just thought others may have some ideas to add (or subtract from the above)

Cheers,
Tony Sangster

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Paper...
by: Tim Parish

Japanese paper made from mulberry bushes (Washi) is apparently pretty strong, thanks to long fibres..

As for treating paper, the first thing that sprung to mind was experimenting with laminates. 2 or more different kinds of paper or tissue pasted together (without excessive wetness) might prove quite strong and tear-resistant. Just a thought!

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