This time, I've decided to do a double tutorial! Two in one this time..you my Dear Readers are going to learn how to make covers for your books, and how to bind it. So without any further ado, ONWARD MY FAITHFUL STEAD!
First up, making the covers:
Lay out everything you're going to need. This includes glue, glue tray, craft brush (A cheapy weepy one is fine. You don't want to use a good one in case you forget to rinse it out and it gets ruined.), paper for the inside of the covers, spray adhesive, sharpie or pen and an exacto knife. And also, don't forget the book board and book cloth!
Measure out how big you want the paper for the inside of the covers to be. In my case, since the final book is going to be 12" square, the paper needs to be a teeny bit smaller than that. After you measure the paper, cut along your straight lines with a METAL ruler and exacto knife. For the love of things holy, make sure it metal. If it's not, and you slip with your knife, you're going to damage your ruler. Believe me. I almost ruined an expensive Schadler ruler this way. NOT good. Oh! And make sure to mark on the BACK SIDE of your paper, in case you derp on a measurement.
Either spread glue on the book board, so you can adhere the book cloth to it, or use spay adhesive. Make sure if you use glue, it's PH neutral if you want your book to be archival. If not, Elmer's or another plain white glue is fine. Also, add just a teeny bit of water to to your glue mixture to extend the drying time so you have time to work with the cloth before the glue gets too tacky. If you don't want to use regular glue, spray adhesive is your best friend. Just make sure to watch yourself and everything around you. It gets sticky and stays sticky for a long time. Personally, I like to use the spray adhesive. I find it works just as well as the glue, and it's quicker to work with. Which ever one you choose, watch those sticky fingers. Wash your hands between if you have to.
Fold in the corners first, then fold up the sides, like you are wrapping a present. Once you've completed that, put some spray adhesive on the back side of you paper, and stick it on your cover. Repeat steps 1-4 for the other cover. After you've completed the covers, put them under some heavy objects overnight, so they dry completely and flat. Nothing worse than trying to unwarp a dried cover. It's hell, and doesn't always work. Almost never.
Now onward to the binding. I'm horrible at explaining how to do a coptic binding, so here is a great blog post on it, with really good pictures.
I'll include some of my process pictures below, so you can see my book in progress..
One, if you're a newbie, DON'T use satin embroidery floss like I did. It's a pain in the arse. It's slippery and it doesn't thread easily. Also, it likes to fray ALOT and it's easier to break it. You've been warned. Proceed with caution.
And two, BE CAREFUL with your needle. It is pointy, and it will prick you. I get pricked every time, at least once. Can't always avoid it. And in the final photo below, is evidence of said pricking. I pricked m'self and didn't notice, so I left some blood on the spine of the book. Joy. But hey, what good is an awesome project if a little blood and sweat go into it? Amirite?
All done! Naow that you've completed your book, go enjoy the fruits of your labor! Write, sketch, scrapbook, whatever you little heart desires! And as always, if you have any questions, or just wanna say hi, stop by my Contact page. =]
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