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
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
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
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