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May. 18th, 2012 @ 10:38 pm Bookbinding experiment
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For a project in the future, I wanted a small, A6-sized booklet with about 40 pages. If I'd make only a single signature, that would mean 10 sheets -- a bit too much. But a signle signature would allow me to use the pamphlet binding, which is nice and easy to do. So this evening I investigated whether I could do a pamphlet binding with two signatures of 5 sheets each.

I made the two signatures of five A5-sheets of 90 grams, folded. I used a piece of photo board that I had lying around for the cover. I scored three lines in the 'spine' of the cover and folded the middle line inward. Then I used a modified version of the pamphlet stitch to bind the two signatures into the two V-shaped folds of the spine -- binding the two parts of the spine together.

This is what it looks like from the top.

Close-up of the W-shaped spine.

When you open the booklet up, you see the two signatures separately. I think I can do something with that: it makes for a nice, natural separation. Perhaps the left signature has to be read from right to left, so that you always have to start in the middle?

The stitches. The thread runs through the signature, through the V-shaped part, into the other V-shaped part of the spine, and then into the other signature.

Close-up of the thread running through the spine.

What the final result looks like.

I like it: it binds the two signatures together but keeps them separate. That offers opportunities that can be used in a creative way.
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Date:May 18th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
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I know I've read about doing multiple signatures with a pamphlet stitch that way, but I think this is the first place I've seen it pointed out that it will open that way. That does raise interesting possibilities.

I've been pondering for some time that if I ever GMed an in person RPG again that I could put together a setting themed character pamphlet for each player (for a spy game it could be a faux-passport, school game it could be a supposed student ID and paperwork, etc). This could actually work with that, say character sheets and rules info in one signature and in-character setting documents on the other signature.
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Date:May 19th, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
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I've seen it done with the pamphlet stitch in the part that folds inwards -- so with these folds, you could to one signature. That way, the division is less clear.

I like your idea of a separate-but-together player handout for RPGs! I might steal it, if I ever get to run another RPG session again...
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Date:May 27th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
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