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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-10-23 07:55
Subject: Found!
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I found my missing hatbox full of models/sample books!

In other news: So. Much. Rain. We are on flood alert.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-10-22 23:16
Subject: Book Arts: Piano Hinge with Skewers
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This structure finishes up the "Folded Book" chapter of Making Handmade Books by Alisa Golden.

I may need to pick up some clearance decorative paper and make models that have more visual interest and that are a little less "proof of concept" with whatever I happen to have kicking around. On the plus side, I'm not stalling out because I don't have exactly what each project calls for, so yay, me!

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-10-22 07:31
Subject: Book Arts: Slot & Tab books
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Last night I made models of both the "Slot & Tab Book" and the "Pocket Triangle & Diamond Book" from Making Handmade Books by Alisa Golden.

The success of these structures depends on paper choice: you need something sturdy enough to stand up to use/folding and flexible/resilient enough to spring back without creases after you fold/curl the sides of the paper to slip the "tab" pages through the "slot" pages. (And in the case of the Pocket Triangle variation, you need a paper that will both hold a crease and not crease too readily!)

One of the nice things about these projects is that they are not dependent on having the exact "right" sizes of paper as given in the book, provided your paper's proportions are basically the same. Also, while exact measurement gives cleaner results and is a good thing to practice, you don't have to be absolutely precise.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-10-19 12:01
Subject: Book Arts: Making Handmade Books
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I am making up models for the projects in Alisa Golden's Making Handmade Books.

The first eight projects (X Book, X Book with Pockets, Shorts Book/Ox Plough pamplet, Pants Book Simple Accordion, Pants Book Simple Accordion with Tunnel, Snake Book, Storybook Theatre, and Twist Card), many of which I've made before (though I can't find my previous models just now), all worked up very quickly and easily.

I got halfway through the ninth, the Brush Book, and couldn't figure out what was going on with the binding. After reading the instructions a few times and then experimenting on my own for a bit, I decided to turn to the internet for help and found Alisa's own tips post which clarified the process considerably.

ETA: I also completed the Venetian Blind Book, T-Cut Book, House Card, Little Room Book, Guest Book, and Crown Binding. The Crown Binding is especially interesting and, due to its extra width at the binding, might make for a nice album. I'm mostly using plain 8.5 x 11 paper for the models, so they're not much to look at, which accounts for the lack of pictures.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-10-14 20:45
Subject: I would like ...
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... to be able to breathe. Instead my brains seem to be dripping out of my sinuses. This also makes sleeping difficult.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-10-13 08:25
Subject: Book arts: stab binding, part 1
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I am working on a stab-bound book with a hinged front cover*. I cut and covered the cover boards last night and cut paper for the text block twice. The first time, I was thinking that the cover needed to overhang the text block, but then I reviewed the instructions and realized that it should be flush on the top, bottom, and spine. (Fortunately all I need to do to salvage the first text block is make another set of covers.)

I did remember to allow extra cover material so that the boards could fold flat over each other and also for the cover material to fold over the edges of the board inside the hinge. NB: this turns out to be about five times the thickness of the cover boards. Also, Thai marlbed paper stretches quite a bit when glued is applied to it: it's good thing that slight wrinkles end up appearing to be part of the paper texture rather than construction flaws.

When I got to the point where I needed to drill holes for binding, I realized that I ought to have made that section wider and that I was only only going to be able to put a single row of holes down the center of the piece. I don't want to go with a plain, four-hole binding, so the next step is to make up some cards and experiment with sewing patterns.

Here's where the project stands:

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Front cover: grey bookcloth (I had around) and "Mod Flower Grey & Black" chiyogami (from Hollanders);
Back cover: grey bookcloth;
Inside covers (not shown): Thai marbled paper in Opal (from Hollanders).


*Blank books are nice because what they mostly require, in terms of mental effort, is "I think these materials would look nice together."

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-10-10 17:41
Subject: Book arts: Pictures
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Here are three small blank books that I made this week (click through for additional pictures on Flickr):

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Materials used:

Dragonflies: Lacquered dragonfly chiyogami (from Hollanders) outer covers, Dragonfly pond chiyogami (from a store that's no longer in business) inner covers, six medium blank unsewn signatures (from Hollanders), red (covers) and dark green (text block) waxed linen thread, PVA glue.

Blue Cherry blossoms: cherry blossom chiyogami (from a store that's no longer in business, but Hollanders also has it) outer covers, silver (from a paper assortment I had hanging around) inner covers, six medium blank unsewn signatures (from Hollanders), teal waxed linen thread (from Oregon Art Supply), PVA glue.

Penguins: Florentine Print Penguins (from Hollanders) outer covers, Thai marbled paper (that I had hanging around) inner covers, four medium blank unsewn signatures (from Hollanders), orange waxed linen thread (from Oregon Art Supply), PVA glue.

The penguin paper's larger pattern is not ideal for this size and there's an intentional regularity in the pattern (every other line of penguins has an image of an adult with chicks that has extra white space around it) that made it difficult to use without a lot of waste. I realized after that I might have been able to use the cover stitching to help with that problem, but this is probably better suited to a larger trim size or use with a coordinating book cloth.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-10-06 23:07
Subject: Because it was more gratifying
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and I am inexplicably discouraged, I put together another set of covers instead of finishing yesterday's blank book. This one features the blue cherry blossoms I used for Chopper's book, matching light blue thread, and silver end papers. If I get up early enough, perhaps there will be photos tomorrow.

ETA: Got up in time to make the sewing stations in the signatures, but not early enough for pictures.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-10-06 01:04
Subject: More bookbinding
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I put together the covers for another blank book. I'm quite smitten with the lacquered dragonfly chiyogami and had plenty left over from the last book, so I used that again for the covers, along with the same red waxed linen thread. For the end papers, I used another dragonfly design left over from my last bookbinding class. I still have to make sewing holes in all the signatures so that I can sew the book block into the covers, and then, of course, take pictures.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2014-09-30 18:34
Subject: The Box Trolls (2014)
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Laika's newest release. I love the set design and lots of the execution, but the character design and pacing were a bit off and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the story which was in some ways very sophisticated and in others sort of cliched. As a result, the film never quite managed to immerse me in its world.

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