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#41 TMLee

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 10:25

QUOTE (James Pickering @ Apr 3 2007, 09:52 PM)
For single section case bound books you can substitute artist's canvas for mull -- it works very well being strong and acid free.

James

I like the sample image of the bookcover you posted.

The spine is not supposed to be glued to the cover .. am I right? Just the inside covers right?



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Posted 04 April 2007 - 10:29

QUOTE (scribbler @ Apr 4 2007, 08:24 AM)

TMLee, they go in a stack by date. biggrin.gif

Your coptic job looks good to my newbie eyes!

[The idea to get the thicker Moleskine Datebooks (expired or soon to be) and rip the innards out to use the covers sounds is something I'd like to try next. The datebook bookblocks are probably discards, in this case... wink.gif ]

Tks Scribbler for yr encouragement...

What you're doing sounds 'violent' .... like the hobbycraft of 'Alternate Books' ... !

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 10:40

QUOTE (Latro21 @ Apr 4 2007, 06:00 AM)
ya know, i was just thinking, and it might be a good idea to make and sell fountain pen friendly journals in the marketplace. some people dont want to take the time to make their own, or like me, cant find/afford all the materials [however cheap they are, its not cheap enough for me right now, i assure you].

a nicely made, reasonably priced journal, id buy one. plus it may inspire me to make my own later on when i get some money in my pockets.

Hi Nick ...
Peddle handmade journals here ? Hmmm ... Might be breaking the rules on this board... ..

U could have yr journals made to yr specs though. Just look for a bookbinder like what I did.

http://www.fountainp...ndpost&p=117273


Edited by TMLee, 04 April 2007 - 14:09.


#44 James Pickering

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 13:43

QUOTE (TMLee @ Apr 4 2007, 04:19 AM)
QUOTE (James Pickering @ Apr 3 2007, 09:46 PM)
I have quite a bit of mull on hand left over from when I was binding (and re-binding) books on a regular basis, TMLee. Send me your snail mail address back channel and I will send you enough mull to bind a few books.

James

Mighty nice of u .. but unfortunately I live half way round the globe from u ...

Too bad, TMLee -- congratulations on your project.

James

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 13:49

QUOTE (TMLee @ Mar 26 2007, 02:17 AM)
.......... As in all self made projects, its always exciting & the feeling of accomplishment is just sweet.
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That is very true, TMLee -- especially with regard to binding books.

James

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Posted 04 April 2007 - 14:25

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Posted 05 April 2007 - 02:12

QUOTE (TMLee @ Apr 4 2007, 05:40 AM)
QUOTE (Latro21 @ Apr 4 2007, 06:00 AM)
ya know, i was just thinking, and it might be a good idea to make and sell fountain pen friendly journals in the marketplace. some people dont want to take the time to make their own, or like me, cant find/afford all the materials [however cheap they are, its not cheap enough for me right now, i assure you].

a nicely made, reasonably priced journal, id buy one. plus it may inspire me to make my own later on when i get some money in my pockets.

Hi Nick ...
Peddle handmade journals here ? Hmmm ... Might be breaking the rules on this board... ..

U could have yr journals made to yr specs though. Just look for a bookbinder like what I did.

http://www.fountainp...ndpost&p=117273

how would that break any rules? you can sell whatever you want in the marketplace.

and if i cant afford materials, i doubt i can afford a custom book tongue.gif
-Nick

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 15:34

Hi All ...
Found another sort of free Saturday today and made my third homemade journal.

This time its Conqueror paper as mentioned earlier. Cream colored. 100gsm. A4 cut into half then folded into Signatures that are A6 sized.
They are coptic stitched (as before) with 100% linen thread. (couldn't find somethiing nicer and thicker)


Flyleaves being prepared. 'Basic Grey' motifs. (made to look distressed)
Then cut out and pasted onto the signatures, inside front and inside rear.


This time managed to buy a huge piece of leather at a $bargain. Cognac colour.


This time I also made a pocket to be pasted onto the rear inside cover.


Glued the leather onto the flyleaves.


Glued the pocket onto the rear inside cover too.


The finished product. With a DT Densho RE ED for scale.




The leather is 0.8 -1mm thick. I couldn't find the specially thin ones for books. But its real soft.

Need some advice though...
How do I get rid or seal away the leather fibres along all the edges?

Do you glue the spine to the leather too? I did not. I did the coptic stitch cos I wanted it to open flat. I didn't glue a mull to the spine too. (I know its a no-no)

But I am happy with the paper cos its definitely FP friendly.

Any advice on how to do a better cover for my next (4th) journal?

Edited by TMLee, 19 May 2007 - 15:36.


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Posted 19 May 2007 - 16:35

QUOTE(TMLee @ May 20 2007, 01:34 AM) View Post
Hi All ...
Found another sort of free Saturday today and made my third homemade journal.

This time its Conqueror paper as mentioned earlier. Cream colored. 100gsm. A4 cut into half then folded into Signatures that are A6 sized.
They are coptic stitched (as before) with 100% linen thread. (couldn't find somethiing nicer and thicker)


Wow, that really does look great! Very tidy (although I have no experience). About how long did it take you to make? Did you use a guillotine to cut the paper? Is the cover flexible or reinforced, it looks quite flexible?


Alex

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 05:19



Wow, that really does look great! Very tidy (although I have no experience). About how long did it take you to make? Did you use a guillotine to cut the paper? Is the cover flexible or reinforced, it looks quite flexible?
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Hi Alex...
I started late morning and finished by 3pm. In between , lunch etc ....

The paper are cut by hand, using box cutter and steel rule, 5 sheets at one go.

The cover is soft and flexible, like any leather just that this one has a slightly stiffer flyleave glued to it. But its still soft so that it can be carried in pants rear pocket ...

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 05:21

I am thinking abt perhaps incorporating a magnetic flap of a closure in the leather , for the next journal.



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Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:30

meet the family ... (newest additions on the right)


Edited by TMLee, 21 May 2007 - 02:16.


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Posted 24 May 2007 - 09:48

Managed to do a journal this afternoon ...
This one's handmade journal #4 . (nope , no magnetic catch yet) And I might give this away.

6 Signatures. 5 folios per Signature. Pity the paper is quite thin, Herlitz A4 pad, 80gsm I think. Linen embossed.
This time, I am trying exposed binding with strips. Here I am cutting out irregular strips of leather to be stitched to the spine.


Strips sewn together with the Signatures. The signatures are linked stitched. The thread too thin, I wish I had thicker thread and perhaps brown in colour.


Flyleaves glued to the same calf leather (cognac colour). Cut to exact A6 size.


Front and rear flyleaves (with leather cover) glued to book block


Finished pdt - front


and back


Overall view. The strips are a lighter tan leather.



Edited by TMLee, 10 June 2007 - 09:08.


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Posted 25 May 2007 - 06:37

QUOTE(TMLee @ May 20 2007, 08:30 PM) View Post
meet the family ... (newest additions on the right)



thats quite a nice little collection of journals there.

after being inspired to do so by this thread, and receiving the money which i have eagerly been anticipating, i fully intend to start binding a few of my own journals relatively soon. the paper will be strathmore 400 series sketch paper which is a quite nice off white and at 89gsm works amazingly well with my pens and inks. ill post results whenever it is i complete them. bunny01.gif
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Posted 26 May 2007 - 00:06

[/quote]thats quite a nice little collection of journals there.

after being inspired to do so by this thread, and receiving the money which i have eagerly been anticipating, i fully intend to start binding a few of my own journals relatively soon. the paper will be strathmore 400 series sketch paper which is a quite nice off white and at 89gsm works amazingly well with my pens and inks. ill post results whenever it is i complete them. bunny01.gif
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Great Nick ... (I was beginning to wonder if anyone's interested in this thread anymore)

They come in pads ? Strathmore paper 89gsm (why such an odd figure?) (sounds like the sketch journal I have - the biggest one you see in the family, its off white but works best with dry media. I tried FP ink and it wasn't so good)

Can the ink be seen on the reverse side? It may not bleed thru but may still be visible on the reverse side due to the thinness of the paper, which can be distracting ...

Have you checked out 100gsm paper instead? The ones that come in loose sheets , packed in 100sheets, A4 size? Often watermarked and marketed as ideal for presentable business letters or invites etc .... Most likely cheaper than buying pads (i assume) of Strathmores.

Edited by TMLee, 26 May 2007 - 00:13.


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Posted 26 May 2007 - 19:19

OK .. This is handmade Journal #5 ... and guess what ?

Dental floss works perfect ! 5 Signatures. 5 folios per signature.


This time trying out a strap with magnet closure (fridge magnets cannibalised)


Marking out the exact postion to weave the white leather strap into the black leather cover


Weaved and glued ...
Inside back cover

and back view

Flyleaves glued to book block


This time I'm using bandage gauze as mull ..


and being glued

and mull glued completely. Seems to work, not sure. The black patch is the other receiving magnet for the strap closure


Book block glued to black leather cover


Front cover. Closed.

and rear cover


Strap unclasped

Overall views


Stays flat when opened. The mull seems to be working

Edited by TMLee, 26 May 2007 - 19:26.


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Posted 26 May 2007 - 20:46

QUOTE(TMLee @ May 25 2007, 07:06 PM) View Post
Great Nick ... (I was beginning to wonder if anyone's interested in this thread anymore)

They come in pads ? Strathmore paper 89gsm (why such an odd figure?) (sounds like the sketch journal I have - the biggest one you see in the family, its off white but works best with dry media. I tried FP ink and it wasn't so good)

Can the ink be seen on the reverse side? It may not bleed thru but may still be visible on the reverse side due to the thinness of the paper, which can be distracting ...

Have you checked out 100gsm paper instead? The ones that come in loose sheets , packed in 100sheets, A4 size? Often watermarked and marketed as ideal for presentable business letters or invites etc .... Most likely cheaper than buying pads (i assume) of Strathmores.



i use strathmore sketch/drawing pads and on a whim tried various fountain pen inks [as well as other pens] and all worked perfectly with no bleeding or feathering. show through isnt really a problem at all-you can sorta see the writing through it when another sheet is against the written side, but other than that its no worry. its 60lb/89gsm. thickness is about ideal for my preference-not too thin, not too thick. i havent looked into other papers yet but i dont think it will be an easy task to find special writing paper-i havent been able to find a good place to buy paper/pens/ink/nokebooks/etc anywhere around, while the strathmore sketch books are easy to find and fairly cheap. plus, at 9"x12" [with 100 sheets] i can make plenty of my two favorite notebook sizes-large and pocket moleskines. if i can find better paper for cheaper ill surely try it out, but for now this suits my pens, inks and purposes.
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 02:07

QUOTE(Latro21 @ May 26 2007, 08:46 PM) View Post
i use strathmore sketch/drawing pads and on a whim tried various fountain pen inks [as well as other pens] and all worked perfectly with no bleeding or feathering. show through isnt really a problem at all-you can sorta see the writing through it when another sheet is against the written side, but other than that its no worry. its 60lb/89gsm. thickness is about ideal for my preference-not too thin, not too thick. i havent looked into other papers yet but i dont think it will be an easy task to find special writing paper-i havent been able to find a good place to buy paper/pens/ink/nokebooks/etc anywhere around, while the strathmore sketch books are easy to find and fairly cheap. plus, at 9"x12" [with 100 sheets] i can make plenty of my two favorite notebook sizes-large and pocket moleskines. if i can find better paper for cheaper ill surely try it out, but for now this suits my pens, inks and purposes.



Great Nick ...
I guess whatever fits ....
soon you will be having interesting ideas as you start making yr first few... Its very enjoyable... the greatest reward is that you get a personalised journal ... (same thing happened to me when I reskinned my cameras !)

Do post pics of yr creations....
Yesterday I bought some more 100gsm paper - this time Ivory in colour (which I think shld be a more acceptable hue of colour to more pple)

I am thinking abt taking up yr idea abt selling some of these handmade journals. It seems more feasible now. But I honestly wonder if anyone here on this forum would buy one.

The #4 journal was given to my wife.
And the #5 was designed to be given away as a belated bday gift . I was happy that she liked it much.

Now I am wondering how to do stitching on leather.



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Posted 03 June 2007 - 10:16

OK ... starting to get the hang of things ...
This is journal #6 - also to be given away - to my son who is still way too young to journal... I couldn't turn down his request for a personal journal , having seen me do several now. He's got special requests which I find hard to accede to , anyway , as I crafted, new ideas develop along the way and here is the finished product. He is very proud to own one of Papa's (best) creations ... so far ... His siblings are green with envy, and they already assume a personalised journal each ... soon ... !

Conqueror Cream 100gsm paper
Brown calf leather
4 signatures
5 folios per signature
dental floss stitching
coptic stitch
fridge magnets
matching pocket

The Spiderman Journal I shall call it ......
The spider was cut out carefully ... Phew ! quite a challenge .... some red added in (for interest ) on an otherwise dull brown calf leather ...


This time the cover was one piece of leather incorporating the strap. The spine I now know is too tight.


Managed to chance upon a spidey motif for the flyleaves. Lousy paper though - too thin


matching pocket


will put up a picture of the 'colophon' later ... not done yet ...

Edited by TMLee, 10 June 2007 - 09:14.







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