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#1411 TMLee

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 00:12

I'm hoping you will save some of that gorgeous peacock paper. I will definitely want a book with that on the cover! Probably indeed in A6 size, although A5 would be nice. A thin paper inside, and I'd go for red flyleaves and stitches.

But I am not too sure I like the irregularity of the cutouts and shapes that you have made with it here. I think the design itself is already so eyecatching, the cutouts detract a little bit from the design? Even though it is still a beautiful book! But with this design, I'd want all the attention-grabbing in the peacock eyes...

 

Keep up the good work!

 

I still have material enough for only 2 A5 (large) sizes left.

 

Contact me back channel.

 

Yes , its correct that the Peacock Feathers motif is aesthetically strong enough by itself.

I tried that out to see how 'busy' motifs would look against these spine cutouts.

 

still experimenting.and observing along the way. :)

Mock-ups are truly invaluable for such processes.



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Posted 03 March 2014 - 00:23

( I will try crafting one using plain bookcloth , I am quite sure it will turn out nice )

Here, I am trying out a dark bookcloth - the darkest - black ,

to see how the emboss / deboss spine accents will look ....

 

True to expectations,

the emboss/ deboss effect is noticeable only on a closer look.

So its elegantly subtle.

 

All black , yet not all plain.

 

the relief , resulting from shadow and light , adds interest.

 

I will use orange as accent for hue.

 

It should be striking.

 

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 15:20

Look what came in the mail today ....

 

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9 additional colours of GEMATEX bookcloth from that bookbindery , Amillo in Madrid, Spain ..

 

Beautiful colours ... :thumbup:

 

 

 



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 02:13

I see a BOLD future ahead for you



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 11:02

I see a BOLD future ahead for you

 

 

haha ...

 

Perhaps ... :)



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 11:18

This is another study ,

on how to have a cover wrap , combined with a deboss / emboss accent feature on the spine.

 

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This attempt shows the challenge of deciding how and where exactly to end the edge of  the cover wrap.

This solution, solves the problem of how to end the overlap neatly when the bookcloth is laid over, making it look 'designed' and not an oversight. 

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The emboss / deboss feature is a success so I have decided to keep that idea.

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Flushed level ..

Also the stitch stations are located on the deboss portion, enjoying some protection from abrasion.

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Bummer ..... The overlap is not obvious at all. ... :blush:

The Japanese paper is too thin to show up.

No matter, that solution will prove its worth when the cover wrap material is thick enough to show up.

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I will do orange stitches ,

slanted...

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The beautiful paper ...

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Also , I have decided to make that edge (between the cover wrap and the bookcloth) zig-zag ...

I feel its more dynamic , providing visual interest , compared to a simple straight edge.

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 22:54

Wow - TMLee - your journals are gorgeous - love that green from Spain!  Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 12:39

Wow - TMLee - your journals are gorgeous - love that green from Spain!  Thanks for sharing.

 

 

Thanks :D

 

Yeah !

The Lime Green is just so fresh ...


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 13:11



Here, I am trying out a dark bookcloth - the darkest - black ,

to see how the emboss / deboss spine accents will look ....

 

True to expectations,

the emboss/ deboss effect is noticeable only on a closer look.

So its elegantly subtle.

 

All black , yet not all plain.

 

the relief , resulting from shadow and light , adds interest.

 

I will use orange as accent for hue.

 

It should be striking.

 

DSCF8858.jpg

 

DSCF8860.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Completed  ....

 

This is Journal 147L "Jet Black Bookcloth - spine emboss / deboss "

 

 

 

Front

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Back

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Band deployed

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I went along with orange accents ...

stitches,

flyleaves,

ribbon pagemarker .

The orange is a very bright (neon) orange ,

polyester 0.8mm , flat profile

which doesnt bulk up the Signatures ...

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Full spread ...

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Now with the flyleaves in view ...

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The slanted stitches

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The rear pocket

and namecard slot

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I like the simplicity of the design.

Plain but not boring. :)

Now I know how to make plain journal covers more elegant. :D

 

The black bookcloth looks plain from afar ,

but the orange threads bring a stark contrast.

and the slants invite a closer look , 

at the emboss / deboss feature at the spine.

which just yearns to be caressed :D

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Paper is

NATURALIS , Vanilla White , 135g , Smooth

7 Signatures , 4 Folios each

112 writing pages total.

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This is a nice one,

perfectly at ease in any boardroom setting  ,

 

and would be even more stunning if stitched with waxed linen thread .... :thumbup:


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 00:19

I took the plunge and decided to buy some leathercraft tools ...

 

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still awaiting the most important one - the stitching pony ... :D

 

I hope to make decent progress in my newby leather endeavors ... :D



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 05:52

Hi T M Lee
That is a good starter set you have there I take it you already have an awl I don't know which awl bookbinders use but a diamond shaped awl is best for leather as it allows the holes to close around the thread.
I have the same set of punches I use them to mark holes now rather than punch all the way through as they make quite large holes compared to the thread.
I hope this information is of use to you as you have inspired me.

Regards

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 08:13

Hi T M Lee
That is a good starter set you have there I take it you already have an awl I don't know which awl bookbinders use but a diamond shaped awl is best for leather as it allows the holes to close around the thread.
I have the same set of punches I use them to mark holes now rather than punch all the way through as they make quite large holes compared to the thread.
I hope this information is of use to you as you have inspired me.

Regards

Michael

 

 

Thanks Michael for your encouragement :)

 

Yes the diamond-shaped - tipped awl , i think i must have remembered then decided to forgo it , using a large diamond-shaped-tipped needle instead.

Will see how it goes.

 

Punch.

I dont understand,

I thought you need to punch right thru the leather ?


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 09:21

Okay, now I'm getting inspired.  I've played with making my own paper before, now I think I want to step it up a little and try some binding too.  This is wonderful work!


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 12:58

Sorry if I have confused you I will try to make things clearer.

 

Leather needles do not have points they are used to draw the thread through the hole.

 

Holes are marked out using either a marking wheel or a stitch punch you could use a wheel to mark  and then punch but both must be exactly the same stitches per inch.

 

Making holes you want the holes to be just large enough for the thread and the head of the needle to pass through the hole will start to close as soon as it is made.

Punches in my experience make a larger hole that does not close as well as a hole made by a diamond shaped awl.

 

I always use a punch to mark out my stitches as it gives me more control and I always place one of the prongs in the last hole marked to give the correct position,

When I start sewing I use an awl to push the hole all of the way through I do five holes at a time because I have limited use of my right hand.

 

I have included a link to Nigel Armitages tutorial I have watched most of his videos and learnt a lot.

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=7ue3zBg0bdA

 

I hope this information helps you in your quest I may well be placing an order with you soon myself.

 

Michael   



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 05:05

Sorry if I have confused you I will try to make things clearer.

 

Leather needles do not have points they are used to draw the thread through the hole.

 

Holes are marked out using either a marking wheel or a stitch punch you could use a wheel to mark  and then punch but both must be exactly the same stitches per inch.

 

Making holes you want the holes to be just large enough for the thread and the head of the needle to pass through the hole will start to close as soon as it is made.

Punches in my experience make a larger hole that does not close as well as a hole made by a diamond shaped awl.

 

I always use a punch to mark out my stitches as it gives me more control and I always place one of the prongs in the last hole marked to give the correct position,

When I start sewing I use an awl to push the hole all of the way through I do five holes at a time because I have limited use of my right hand.

 

I have included a link to Nigel Armitages tutorial I have watched most of his videos and learnt a lot.

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=7ue3zBg0bdA

 

I hope this information helps you in your quest I may well be placing an order with you soon myself.

 

Michael   

 

 

Thanks for explaining. :)

 

Yes. NA's videos are very well presented.

They are useful indeed.

 

I am looking for an edge burnisher.

What do you use?

 

( I like the DREMEL version , but the shipping is just too expensive.)



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Posted 14 March 2014 - 08:24

My hi tec method involves beeswax and an old piece of canvas although I like this one

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item20d1645bce

 

I have seen them from China for £1 I just have not got around to ordering one.

As I understand it you apply a wax type substance and then create heat through friction which melts the wax and flattens the fibres giving a smooth finish. 

I also use an edge beveller to knock the corners off the leather before I add the wax.

 

I hope this helps in some small way

 

Michael



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 04:10

Thanks Michael ,

Yes the wax method.

I also just read somewhere that you can use water to wet the edge too then burnish.

Maybe I shld try it too although I don't quite understand how it works in making the edge smooth.

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 06:56

Water will only work with veg tanned leather it has no finish or colour I think the leather you are using is chrome tanned the best edge solution would be something like edge coat which I have used on chrome tanned before.

This is one of my first cases I made with chrome tanned leather together it to hold this shape I glued a piece of suede inside and used pressure to form it and waited for the glue to dry.
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IMG_5437_1 by my0771, on Flickr

This is my second attempt at a round case in veg tanned leather which I soaked briefly in water and then formed to the required shape by hand and allowed to dry once. Sealed with wax or similar it will hold the shape.

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IMG_6780 by my0771, on Flickr

Sorry if I am telling you thing you already know but I thought it might be useful to understand the different properties of the two leathers.

Michael

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 07:16

Water will only work with veg tanned leather it has no finish or colour I think the leather you are using is chrome tanned the best edge solution would be something like edge coat which I have used on chrome tanned before.

This is one of my first cases I made with chrome tanned leather together it to hold this shape I glued a piece of suede inside and used pressure to form it and waited for the glue to dry.
10580798033_b59a4001d5_o.jpg
IMG_5437_1 by my0771, on Flickr

This is my second attempt at a round case in veg tanned leather which I soaked briefly in water and then formed to the required shape by hand and allowed to dry once. Sealed with wax or similar it will hold the shape.

12928763264_b9314dc735_o.jpg
IMG_6780 by my0771, on Flickr

Sorry if I am telling you thing you already know but I thought it might be useful to understand the different properties of the two leathers.

Michael

 

 

 

Thanks for the info.

I have heard of the main two tanning processes , although I dont quite understand it.

Thanks again :)



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 07:36



The emboss / deboss feature is a success so I have decided to keep that idea.

012.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will do orange stitches ,

slanted...

016.jpg

 

 

Completed ...

 

This is Journal 101F "SHINWAZOME CHIYOGAMI - Maple Leaves - Midnight Blue Bkcloth Spine Emboss / Deboss "

 

A6 size .

 

Front

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Back

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Band deployed

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Band by BIRCH

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I decided to try waxed linen stitches to see what it finally looks like , even tho I am quite certain , the linen stitches are superior both in quality and aesthetics.

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As usual , the orange scheme worked best to complement the beautiful Japanese paper.

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Linen threads form nicely , :thumbup:

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Full spread

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Now with the ribbon and flyleaves in view ...

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I am quite happy with this motif so far , done in embossed / debossed effect.

The bookcloth is Midnight Blue Bkcloth.

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The spine accent in bkcloth is flushed level with the cover wrap ...

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The front flyleaves

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The rear pocket & namecard slot

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Inktestpage

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Colophon

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Paper is

MELLOTEX , Natural White , 100g , Smooth.

7 Signatures, 5 Folios each

Total 140 writing pages

 

 

This is a nice one ...

:thumbup:

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Waxed linen thread vs waxed polyester thread ...

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Edited by TMLee, 15 March 2014 - 08:37.


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Posted 17 March 2014 - 05:27

With the arrival of fresh bookcloth colours ,

this one's an attempt on bookcloth over bookcloth ...

 

Using the recent emboss / deboss pattern newly developed...

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Tried a bright orange scheme , exploring possibilities ...

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Orange and black is always alluring ...

So here is the black bookcloth laid over ...

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Here , that little tip of the triangle becomes obvious....

which is what I wanted...

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I am thinking

this triangular tip needs to be a little more pronounced.

hmmmm ...

This means more work ,

more attention on the thicknesses of the underlays...



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 03:46

At long last ...

 

it finally arrived ...

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assembled

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All the corners are smoothed to prevent thread tangles ... :thumbup:

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Jaws closed

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now begins a new chapter on learning how to stitch .... :D

 

wish me luck ... :)

 

 

 

 



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Posted 18 March 2014 - 04:51

Before you start stitching, you might want to stick some scrap leather over the jaws of your pony to prevent them from marking the work piece.
Looking forward to seeing your what you produce.
Michael

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 05:26

Before you start stitching, you might want to stick some scrap leather over the jaws of your pony to prevent them from marking the work piece.
Looking forward to seeing your what you produce.
Michael

That's an excellent idea !

Will experiment :-)

I am also wondering what I can produce !!!!

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 10:10

YUM !!!!!    :puddle:

 

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 00:38

This is just beautifuly made  !!!!

 

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:thumbup:

 

I cant wait to use it ....



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 02:12

YAY !!!! :bunny01: :bunny01: :bunny01:

 

 

A kind soul remembered me and ordered TR paper for me. :)

 

Cant wait to take delivery of it. :D