- Our resident experts can correct me here, but I think papers were once
polished with a stone (agate?) and I have seen illustrations of a quite
large stone fixed to a rod that hung from the ceiling, presumable to
take the weight off the worker's arm. I assume that was was used in this
There are recipes for marbling colours that include beeswax. It was
melted with soap and the colours were ground in it. I once asked Don
Guyot if he had ever tried the recipe and he said he had and that it was
terribly messy and not worth the trouble.
- Hi Yehuda....
I must agree with Don! Yuck!Such trouble. Much easier to wax afterwards.
And as for the pole in the ceiling, I have been meaning to build the
contraption for at least 20 years!
I never polish papers unless I am binding one of my own books, which is
hardly ever these days, don't have much time for binding. Polishing is so
much work. In Victorian times the papers were sized with soap and glue then
passed through heated friction rollers I believe. They call it calendering.