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Mar. 4th, 2012 @ 07:11 pm Bookbinding homework
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The project for the bookbinding course this past two weeks was a leporello photo album. The first week, we started off with measuring and folding the heavy paper for the photos, and glueing the segments together. The second week we glued the paper to the boards we made. We were also asked to think about a way to keep the album closed: a leporello doesn't have a spine, and if you don't close it, it'll fall open and scatter your photos!
Instead of something boring like a piece of lace to tie the two boards tightly together, I decided to try a suggestion from klik and make a cuff! When I said this, my bookbinding teacher was very happy with me, because I try a lot of new things where I make a lot of new mistakes. I'm not sure I'm taking that as a compliment, but at least I get a lot of instruction for my money. ;)


I've made a mosaic with small plastic tiles in the cuff. The back of the cuff has a bright orange stripe. The rest is covered with the same dark blue linen as I used for the boards. This is the end result, but getting there was quite a journey!

Let's start with the basics: the leporello itself.

The segments are made of cream-colored 'photo paper stock', quite heavy. The boards are 14x19 cm, with dark blue linen on the edges and lovely washi (own import from Japan) on top.


The washi is dark blue with white, silver and gold flowers on top. And as you can see, the whole thing is quite thick when it's not constrained.

I made the cuff of 3mm thick board. The plastic tiles are 2mm thick, so I used 1mm thick board (if you can call it that, because it isn't stiff at all) to put the tiles on.

First step: decide on a design! Not only the size, but also which colors would go together with the washi on the boards and how to fill the space.


Second step: Glue the tiles onto the 1mm board. I used tweezers to manipulate the tiles and put them in the right spot. Complicating factor was the fact that not all tiles were exactly the same size...


All done! Time to let the glue dry.


Now cut a 2mm thick board to cover that -- because the tiles are 2mm thick, they will be flush with the top of the board. "Inlaid", so to speak. Measure the size of the mosaic and cut that out of the other board.


It fits!


Now prepare the linen, and leave some space open for the mosaic. You also want to fold the linen over the exposed edges of the top board, so as to not show any 'bare' board.


Now glue the thin board to the back of the thick board, and the mosaic is done! However, the rest of the cuff was a lot of work too: making the bare cuff wasn't so big a problem, but getting the linen everywhere and making it look even remotely good was a lot of work!


The final result. I spent all of my Sunday on this...
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From:pluis_beest
Date:March 4th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
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Wow, it looks very nice! Great job. :)
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From:fub
Date:March 5th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:noramu
Date:March 4th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Superleuk! :-)
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From:fub
Date:March 5th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
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Dankjewel!
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From:loputon
Date:March 5th, 2012 05:44 am (UTC)
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Look soooo nice!
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From:fub
Date:March 5th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:rubiadejimani
Date:March 5th, 2012 06:15 am (UTC)
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wow - just wow!
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From:fub
Date:March 5th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you like it!
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From:gertvr
Date:March 5th, 2012 12:04 pm (UTC)
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Zo, wat een mooi en knap stukje werk is dit weer zeg. Een mooie oplossing om het boekwerk zo bij elkaar te houden, en de gekozen kleuren zijn super.
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From:fub
Date:March 5th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Bij het kiezen van de kleuren heb ik erg veel hulp van klik gehad... Die heeft daar toch een andere (betere) kijk op dan ik.
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From:cissa
Date:March 6th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
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Ooo! I LOVE it!
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From:fub
Date:March 7th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you like it! :)
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From:babarage
Date:March 7th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
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Nice!
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From:fub
Date:March 7th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Isn't it?
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