This weekend I tried out book binding for the first time. I was pleased with the results, but learned many lessons for doing a better job next time. I was inspired by (but not nearly as careful as) this writeup.
- The work area setup. Plenty of chipboard for cutting surfaces was helpful.
- Papers cut down from large pieces of Strathmore 400 drawing paper. I disassembled a Moleskine for reference.
- Papers folded in groups of three to form signatures.
- Template with hole punch.
- Signatures sewn together around binding tapes
- Mull is a mesh fabric glued to the spine with PVA archival glue. This plus the binding strips holds the papers to the cover.
- Lesson learned: xacto chisel blade does not make a clean edge for trimming. I'll either live with the deckle edges or find a better method next time.
- Cover boards glued to mull and binding strips.
- Grandpa's old vice makes makeshift book press. It actually worked pretty good. For the other pressings I had more material to even out the pressure.
- I used straight fabric here instead of expensive book cloth. Utrechts art store only had nauseating purple book cloth that I couldn't bear to purchase. The cloth had problems though - glue bled through and discolored the fabric a bit. Next time I'll try sizing the fabric by pre-gluing rice paper
- Glue brushed on to the cover board, the spine was attached directly to the fabric first.
- Boards attached, corners trimmed.
- Top part glued in preparation for folding around the edges.
- Rough corner fold, I liked how it turned out, but it could have been crisper.
- This is my favorite part of bookbinding for some reason. Makes it feel like a book somehow.
- Skewers and boards and protective "press n' seal" saran wrap for final pressing. The saran worked very well because it somehow avoided the adhesion of the powerful PVA glue.
weekend book binding
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