Vellum: size of board + 40mm all around
Board: 12mm Plywood
Glue: Starch Paste
Lining Paper: Standard (acid-free)

1. Line the upper surface of your board with lining paper – usually white or light cream, as it will affect the color of the vellum. Use Acid-Free paper for longevity.

2. Dampen Vellum on both sides with a wet sponge.

3. Leave until water has sunk into vellum.

4. Please the Vellum face down on the table.

5. Place the Board face down on top of the Vellum.

6. Cut the corners of the Vellum so that, when wrapped, they will fit properly around the Plywood, overlapping on the reverse, but not on the edges.

7. Paste outer 30mm of the Vellum, and the outer 30mm of the board. There will be a thin strip of unpasted Vellum near the front edges. This is to ensure that the glue does not creep under the front surface of the vellum.

8. Pull the vellum around the edge of the board, and press down on the reverse board one side at a time.
Then, one end at a time, push out air as you progress, re-wet edges of vellum if it seems reluctant to stretch tightly around the edges of the board.

If the Vellum does not stay down, use pins, staples, or tape to hold it.

9. Cover reverse of the board with more glued lining paper, removing pins or tape as you go.

10. Wipe the vellum face with a wet cloth to remove grit and marks.

11. Leave to dry. As skin dries it will become taught around the board.


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  • Hi,
    I have a parchment diploma I’m trying to rescue. After cleaning it up as well as possible I wet it and stretched it on a board and it came out beautifully flat but when I released the tape it wrinkled up again. This looks like what I need to do but I have less than an inch to work with around the edges. Is there a way to extend the edges by glueing on an extra strip? If so what glue should I use? And does the plywood need to be coated with gesso or lined in some way? Thanks for any help you can give.

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