Silver Book Clasps - Make this Set of Book Clasps Yourself
Vol.I Eden Workshops Technical Series Workbooks.Silver and Vellum
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 50 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.
This manual is now part of the ever growing range on manuals in the Eden Workshops Technical series; this is not
a manual aimed at the novice although those with good crafts skills could make them easily enough, it is quite a
complex manual which contains eighty illustrations and runs to over 50 Pages, if you would like to download a
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