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Vol.I Silver and Vellum Book Clasps.

book claspsFor 22 years this manual has been free. The Eden Workshops and the Eden Workshops website were and is a labour of love to me and my wife, my wife and I are both, how may I say...partialy enlightened, we have little interest in making money, we have always pursued quality of life; at least I didn't think of money until my daughter started university, then making some extra money became important. So henceforth there will be a moderate charge for the most important of these instructional manuals. The three manuals concerned have been downloaded over 60.000 times since I first put them online, some of the manuals are listed with the same importance as complete web sites on the Best of The Web Directory, the worlds premiere directory of the best websites and files on the web. These statistics should serve to prove to you just how good these manuals are.

Just click the add tocart button and contact Richard at edenworkshops@orange.fr and I will send you the manual: Price £19.99

As a binder I have been asked many times to fit clasps to books. The design for these clasps is a development of a very old idea and method. The fittings are made from 2mm sterling silver plated copper wire, you could be tempted to use brass as a substitute, but the verdigris produced as brass corrodes is acidic. I always used plaited vellum for these clasps for strength and durability, leather stretches and will not last nearly as long. Also I find the appearance of vellum and silver is rather attractive. The actual cost of the materials is very low, about £4.00/$7.80

You can buy new book fittings, but they are expensive and they do not have the "craftsman made" appearance of these clasps.

These clasps are perfect for larger books such as Bibles but you can also use them on much smaller books, as long as the board has a minimum thickness of 3mm.

You need no special tools to make these fittings, just the normal small hand tools any craft person might use plus a soldering iron is all that is required. Included is an up to date online supplier of Sterling Silver plated drawn wire in various diameters. Also included, a contact who is prepared to sell vellum off cuts.

This tutorial runs out to over 80 pages, that is mainly because I have illustrated every single step of the process in order to make it as fail proof as possible. Below are some pictures taken from the tutorial.

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