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PAPERS

At least 3 different kinds of papers are used by lion makers. One kind is for binding; it has parallel lines running through the paper. The other kinds are for pasting onto the finished framework. Ultra-traditional craftspersons insist on using a combination of two different papers for pasting. They insist it results in a stronger lion. One is ordinary pasting paper, which has visible fibers scattered randomly. It gets the job done. The second type of pasting paper is yu kou pasting paper. You can almost hear how strong your lion will become when you unfold sheets of this kind of paper. Yu kou paper gives the pasted paper layers a crispy, snappy strength that lion connoisseurs insist upon.

There are different schools of thought on using fabric, gauze, netting, fiberglass or other materials in making the blanks. The decision to use those kinds of materials is best left up to the individual artist.

Binding Paper

Binding Paper - per 20 x 17 sheet
Item #P005
$3

Pasting Paper

Pasting Paper - per 44 x 35 sheet
Item #P006
$3

Yu Kou Paper

Yu Kou Paper 26" x 30"
Item #P007
$5

Craftsman’s Corner
Craftsman’s Corner

There’s no way to briefly describe the many steps in using these different types of papers on your lion. Each step requires hours of instruction and practice. Classes and seminars can be arranged for interested lion builders. To skip these time-consuming steps, but still make your own lion, consider purchasing one of the head blanks we offer.



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