The Basic Binding of Books: A Tutorial
Tutorials | About Me | Contact | Soapmaking Tutorial Page 1 of 8 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | Leave a comment! In addition to your book making materials you will need: 1) A large working area (if you don't have a large area, you will need to clean up well after each stage) 2) Both large and small binder clips (I use them gratuitously) 3) A waste paper basket close by 4) A stack of clean scrap paper 5) Pre-cut sheets of wax paper 6) A wet cloth (for wiping glue from fingers) 7) A dry cloth Start by deciding how many pages and what dimensions you wish your book to be. Clamping the spine end with large binder clips (here I use cardboard to protect the pages) and allowing to compress overnight helps with having flatter signatures for sewing. It helps to make a pattern of your page for later use in measuring and cutting board, endpages, etc. Lay one of your signatures on a blank page and trace, then cut. Perfect. Measure and cut linen tape and mull cloth for the backbone.
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