Fix Vellum Paper Curls

Post Date : May 7, 2015

Translucent vellum paper with curled ends

Vellum doesn’t always curl, but when it does, there are fixes!

Let’s get one thing straight: Translucent vellum paper doesn’t always curl. So, if you haven’t used it before, don’t be afraid that this is a constant issue. Buy and embrace your vellum freely and without concern!

However, for those who have experienced a slight curl at their vellum’s edge and wonder why the heck it does that, here’s what we know that’s fit to print.

There are all different kinds of vellum, and as many different ways of using it. Vellum is known for its smooth, translucent quality – this is what makes it so special. There is a reason that vellum can often be seen between the pages of a special coffee table book; it’s on its best behavior when it’s pressed – a book, a frame, whatever works to preserve that special memory.

Heat, Moisture & Age are the Culprits

But it’s not just age that can curl vellum’s edges. Heat and moisture can as well. Place a piece of vellum in the palm of your hand or under a lamp for a while and see for yourself.

Cool, Dry, Flat Storage are the Fixes

That’s why, if you’re serious about your vellum project, store the paper in a cool, dry place. If you feel like storing your vellum under something weighty (like a book), even better. If your edges do happen to curl a little, don’t be afraid to curl them the other way with some sort of barrel tool (like a pencil). But be careful not to crease your vellum (unless that’s what you’re going for). Once vellum creases, it’s creased for life. Finally, try not to handle vellum too much before adding it to your project. Remember, that heat and moisture combo is a recipe for a curly disaster.

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