Making Pages Bigger

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So after removing the tape from that fiasco I posted earlier, it took a large chunk of the paper with it. The tape just absolutely ate that poor page. All of the content is intact, but the page is now much, MUCH smaller than the others in the book. I pasted a sheet of Japanese tissue onto the page to help stabilize it (it was still pretty fragile) and left it bigger than the actual paper to try to make it match the size of the volume.
But I now have a problem with a bunch of tissue and not a bunch of paper.
Do I just patch paper into the gaps to try to make it the correct size??

I put some colored paper behind this in an attempt to make it easier to see.

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    Asked on September 27, 2019 5:43 pm
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    Excellent question! I would use the natural Sekishu to fill in the gaps. Start with the inner edge and then add strips to the head and tail of the page. I am not sure the fore-edge needs it. ? If you try to fill in with actual paper it will be too stiff. If you want to be super accurate I recommend using the Shadow Tracer and water pen (from the Page Repair Kit or sold separately on the Book Repair Supplies page). These will help you follow the contours of the page exactly. You just draw a wet line onto the tissue. You can use a light table and bit of plastic too.

    Otherwise, for a little less accuracy and a much faster repair, just tear approximations.

    TIP: Spritz the document a bit (humidified, not damp) so it relaxes before you attach the new tissue. You will use paste of course. Make sure the paste is not too wet! If you attach wet strips to a dry document you will get some odd warping that will not iron out well. Yep, been there, done that. :)

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    Answered on September 27, 2019 9:42 pm
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      That is actually the thickest tissue I have. Would adding multiple layers work just as well?

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      Answered on September 27, 2019 10:18 pm
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        Adding mulitple layers of very thin tissue can be problematic (wrinkles and warping) but it should be ok to add one more layer. That should be plenty strong since you are using good tissue. You can always fix it more later too if you bought heavier tissue. This will be a good place holder.

         

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