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Salamander's Book of ... by wee-beastie Salamander's Book of ... by wee-beastie
KNOWLEDGE. Another A5 sized journal full of fiery goodness. Piano hinge style with gold painted skewers. Covers are lined with gold paper and are wrapped in ruby coloured suedette with a feature panel of burgundy coloured suedette couched with gold thread and adorned with a gold coloured lizard charm. Burgundy book binding cloth is used to give it the 'half bound' look. A mixture of glass, metalic and plastic beads hang down the front. Book is filled with 96 sides of medium surface heavy weight cartridge paper.
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:iconwhispersinthenight13:
This kind of book seems like it's really fragile...how well does it hold up?
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wee-beastie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
It's actually pretty sturdy. Because the signatures are cut at 90 degrees all the way down the spine (and don't have v shaped notches cut out of them like some piano hinge books), they are really tight on the skewers. In fact I think I may have made the fit a little too tight, which could maybe be remedied by making longer cuts. The only problem I have found with the books like this is that you have to hold it flat since it doesn't naturally want to fall flat like coptic books or spring bound books.
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:iconwhispersinthenight13:
Yeah, that would be a little bit of a problem. I just made a teeny little coptic book, for random notes and designs, but I feel like it's too loose. I think I'm going to look into adding a slab of bookboard on the spine, just to protect the folded pages.
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wee-beastie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Why don't you try a case bound book? It has a book board spine like you described. Sew in and out from signature to signature, maybe on some tapes, keeping the head and tail tight by using kettle stitches. Then glue some mull over the spine and trim it in line with the tapes. Then make the 'case', the two covers and the spine. The mull and tapes are used to attach the text black to the covers. On some tiny books that I've made I've done away with the tapes and just used glue directly on the signature spine to give it a little more rigidity. I then used folded paper to attach the the first page of the first signature to the front cover and the last page of the last signature to the back cover. (Obviously there are better instructions out there than the ramble I just gave :) ).
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:iconwhispersinthenight13:
Well, your instructions make sense to me. :D Exept for the part where I have no idea what a kettle stich is, but that's a story for another day.

So basically what it is, is the book block glued directly to the bookboard spine and covers with the fabric on the spine of the signatures? I'm unfamiliar with the names of these techniques, sorry. XD
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wee-beastie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Sorry to confuse you! The spine of the book block doesn't get stuck to the spine of the case. It is held in place by sticking the mull-and-tape combo to the the interior face of the cover boards. I found a really good step by step with diagrams! [link] hopefully this is clearer than my ramble :S. It's a little fancier than what I was trying to describe (it includes backing and rounding the spine which isn't entirely necessary, especially for first attempts!), but shows you everything to make a great book. I hope it helps. Just message me if you would like me to try and explain things some more ^__^
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:iconwhispersinthenight13:
Would you believe that I was directed to this link by google not 20 minutes ago? It seems crazy helpful. I hope I'll actually get a chance to make it after all my school craziness is less crazy. @_@

I'll mark your profile in case I don't get something. Thanks so much for your help~ :D
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wee-beastie Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
No problemo :D
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wee-beastie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Also, I think the thickness of the paper helps. I'm not sure how well this would work with lighter paper like 90gsm. Hope this helps!
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ErrantDreams Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
WOW!
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wee-beastie Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
Thank you! :
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