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The Basic Binding of Books: A Tutorial

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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. It is helpful to fold pages with a bone folder. This saves your fingertips and gives you a good crease. Fold on the paper grain (the grain should run parallel with the spine). Here I fold seven signatures with six sheets per signature.

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. I use a 50/50 cotton/linen blend for both my tapes and mull. For a large book you will want 3 strips of tape, but for this small book I will use two at a 1/2 inch width. Cut the mull cloth about a half inch shorter at top and bottom than the length of the spine, and 2 inches wider on either side of the spine.

   

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Submit Your Travel Photos, Join Travel Challenges:
Fire Under Foot - The Traveler's Hangout

Hello, bookbinders! For the travelers and photographers in our midst, I would like to invite you to view our site, Fire Under Foot, where you can create a portfolio of your travel photography and participate in top ten challenges. Challenges are primarily photo based, but we will be sneaking in some video and essay challenges too.

Our second photography challenge is under way: Doors & Windows. You know you have done it before... taken a photo of an interesting, ornate, colorful or novelty door that caught your eye while on your travels. Submit your favorite photo of a doorway, window, or embellishment (door knocker, window grate, etc). Your photo will be judged on quality, novelty, and overall visual appeal. The top ten entries will have a featured display on Fire Under Foot upon the challenge closing, as well as be included in a featured video shared with the world on YouTube (yeah!).

Submit your entry now!

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