I have made every attempt to make these book binding tutorials as complete and fail proof as
possible, every step of each element is illustrated copiously with photographs and diagrams accompanied by a
detailed textual description.
Some of these book binding tutorials are aimed at book binders with some experience, but the
manual on gilding is aimed at the novice, I have deliberately simplified this gilding method in order to give
those starting gilding onto leather a better chance of getting some good results.
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Book binding Tutorial. Vol.I Silver & Vellum Book
Clasps. Every experienced book binder should know how to make a set of Book Clasps. This method
is a development of a set of book clasps I first saw made in a manual of book binding by Douglas Cockerell.
They are simple and elegant and can be applied to any book provided the board thickness is not less than 3mm.
Vellum and sterling silver make a very attractive combination.
The cost of materials is very little, and take less time
than other methods of fitting clasps.
Book binding Tutorial.
Vol.II Book Edge Marbling. How to carry out book edge marbling including a
detailed method of marbling itself which results in damp proof papers. It is surprisingly easy to marble the
edges of a book, the trick is learning how to marble paper first.
Bookbinding Tutorial. Vol.III Gilding on Leather. This
bookbinding tutorial shows how to gild onto leather using a simple step by step process. This manual
illustrates the use of composition gold leaf, but the process will work just as well if you choose to use
genuine gold leaf. This manual is aimed at the novice and it is to be hoped that with a little care you will
be able to get very good results using this method.
Bookbinding Tutorial. Vol.IV Single Section Binding. This part
of this series of bookbinding tutorials provides a very elegant solution of the problems encountered when
dealing with a single section binding.
Book binding Tutorial. Vol.V A Variation of Paste Papers. This manual was put
together in order to help someone set up a small production facility making what I call paste printed papers.
A simple process for making your own decorative papers.
Bookbinding Tutorial. Vol.VI Forming Cloth & Leather
Corners. This bookbinding tutorial explains the technique behind forming the corners for a cloth
bound book as well as how to form corners when binding in thin and full thickness leather. A copiously
illustrated step by step guide.
Book binding Tutorial. Vol.VII How to Make Parchment
Paper & Imitation Vellum. Parchment paper and imitation vellums have been made by
generations of inventive bookbinders who sought something that looked and handled like old parchment. This
manual shows you the simple method of achieving this. You can use an imitation vellum as a book covering
Vol.VIII Make Your Own Sewing
Frame. Here are some simple to follow plans for making your own sewing frame.
Vol.IX All About Grain Direction. It is vital that you
understand the importance of grain direction in bookbinding materials, this bookbinding tutorial will explain
what you need to know and explain how to test for the grain direction.
Sewing or stab sewing is a very old way of dealing with loose sheets, this
manual shows you the method.
Vol.XI How to Achieve Various Distressed and Antique Finishes
to Gold Leaf.
This manual will be of interest to anyone who uses
composition gold leaf, or genuine gold leaf for that matter, it will also be of interest to the more adventurous
Add the beauty and sparkle of gold leaf to your craft
projects, such as scrapbooking, canvas, ceramics, plaster, glass, paper, and much more.
Vol. XII The Minimal Bookbinder Is in the pipeline, this bookbinding tutorial
is aimed at those who feel they are prepared to commit themselves a little to the craft of bookbinding
by purchasing a minimum of equipment and materials, you can if you are inventive use very little equipment at
all, but it is undeniable that using a well made piece of equipment is a pleasure in itself.
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