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Nature by Design: Plastics

Processing horn, tortoiseshell, and bioplastics

Manufacture of Deluxe Objects:
Tabletier Cornetier

Manufacture of Deluxe Objects (1/10)

Making horn objects, types of horn


Manufacture of Deluxe Objects:
Tabletier Cornetier

Manufacture of Deluxe Objects (2/10)

Preparation of the horn; sections and parts


Manufacture of Deluxe Objects:
Tabletier Cornetier

Manufacture of Deluxe Objects (3/10)

View of a screw press for working horn


Manufacture of Deluxe Objects:
Tabletier Cornetier

Manufacture of Deluxe Objects (4/10)

Equipment


Manufacture of Deluxe Objects:
Tabletier Cornetier

Manufacture of Deluxe Objects (5/10)

Horn combs, and details


Manufacture of Deluxe Objects:
Tabletier Cornetier

Manufacture of Deluxe Objects (6/10)

Equipment for making combs


Manufacture of Deluxe Objects:
Tabletier Cornetier

Manufacture of Deluxe Objects (7/10)

Lathe for making horn objects; details


Manufacture of Deluxe Objects:
Tabletier Cornetier

Manufacture of Deluxe Objects (8/10)

Ivory tablets and chess pieces


Manufacture of Deluxe Objects:
Tabletier Cornetier

Manufacture of Deluxe Objects (9/10)

Small press and molds for making snuff-boxes in tortoiseshell or mother-of-pearl


Manufacture of Deluxe Objects:
Tabletier Cornetier

Manufacture of Deluxe Objects (10/10)

Large press and molds for making snuff-boxes in tortoiseshell or mother-of-pearl


The Miracle of Rayon:
How Viscose Rayon is Made

The Miracle of Rayon (1/5)

Raw wood or cotton is processed into sheets of refined cellulose.


The Miracle of Rayon:
How Viscose Rayon is Made

The Miracle of Rayon (2/5)

Cellulose sheets are shredded into crumbs and aged.


The Miracle of Rayon:
How Viscose Rayon is Made

The Miracle of Rayon (3/5)

Cellulose crumbs are disolved into a viscose solution which is then aged and prepared for feeding through a nozzle to be spun into a solid filament.


The Miracle of Rayon:
How Viscose Rayon is Made

The Miracle of Rayon (4/5)

Thread with many filaments is wound into “cakes,” then treated and dried. The “cakes” are wound onto cones or into skeins. The finished yarn is then sent to weaving mills.


The Miracle of Rayon:
How Viscose Rayon is Made

The Miracle of Rayon (5/5)

Threads are made into rayon staple fiber and pulled into a long rope or tow. The tow is then cut into short lengths, finished, the shipped to mills for weaving into spun rayon textiles.