road-tripping the end of the world

bookbinding – imprinting the title, headbands

Little behind but things are coming along well. I acquired some simple leather-stamps to imprint text on the cover, and while I know I don’t have quite the right type of leather for this operation it still worked out fairly well.

The plans for the back and front covers were made well ahead of time, and some happy errors on the back cover taught me a few lessons and ended up acquiring the look I wanted.

I first placed some greaseproof paper between the cover and the text block, before brushing the leather with water:

 

 

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A few tests and some of the tools I used:

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And the cover, slightly saturated with water but mostly dry to the touch – took about 3 minutes to reach this stage. I didn’t want to over-saturate the cover and end up softening the glue, but I gather the leather needs to be damp to properly hold an imprint and not simply get “cut” by the stamp:

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Back cover, stamped, first still wet and then after it dried:

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Front cover, before and after drying:

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A week later the imprint has held beautifully, even if it fades a bit once I begin staining/”decorating” the cover the text should just become more intense. That’s sorta this week’s project.

Something I forgot however, was headbands – these should have been added before casing in, but I improvised and it worked out ok. Lacking time and motivation to order headbands online, I used this wonderful tutorial from MRX Designs to make my own, which I’ll link here for the sake of brevity:

http://mrxdesigns.blogspot.ca/2010/07/hand-sewn-headband-for-books.html

I used that basic technique and then attached them with some neutral-PH glue; I’m still confused as to what purpose they serve, historically it was to keep the “leather from being crushed when pulled off the shelf” … still reading to see how that works. For now, they look kinda pretty:

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More to come as I stain the cover and possibly attach some metal leaf to it … we shall see.

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