Leather and Metal Book
Jenny Howland makes a unique leather and metal book with a sponge-painted cover.
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Materials and Tools:
precut book board
2 pieces of watercolor paper cut for the end papers
decorative paper for the cover
PVA book glue
Dremel drill tool
waxed linen thread
large piece of leather
1/8", 1-3/4" and 2" pieces of bookbinders bar stock
4 decorative corners
2 copper metal pieces
metal stamping letters
1. Mark an "F" and "B" for the front and back on the book board to keep the sides straight.
2. Measure leather to the size of the book board. Decide placement of the sewing holes to attach the covers. Trim the leather to the appropriate size for the book board.
3. In the middle of the leather piece, using the two-inch bar stock, mark the spine area lightly with the pencil. Divide this up with the 1/8-inch bar stock to designate the signatures, marking again lightly with the pencil (figure A).
5. Wearing safety goggles, drill these holes with the rotary tool. Drill the holes for sewing too (figure C).
6. Using the holes in the leather as a guide, mark them on the book board, paying attention to the F and B (front and back)to keep the orientation straight. Drill corresponding holes in the book board (figure D).
7. Paint the leather with pearlescent watercolors to provide an ethereal sheen (figure E). Allow to dry.
9. Punch the holes though the decorative paper with a bookbinder's awl (figure G). Rub with a bone folder to remove any bubbles and smooth any creases.
10. Sew the leather to the covered boards with waxed linen thread. Make sure the stitches are tight and hide the knots on the back side (figure H).
11. Apply the end papers to the inside back and front covers over the stitching and rub with the bone folder to flatten (figure I).
12. Make signatures.
- Cut the paper on a guillotine cutter and set the machine to cut 9" x 18" (ish) pieces.
- Fold them in half and place them into signatures, five pages in each signature for a total of six signatures.
- Line signatures up and put them back in the machine.
- Measure precisely and give them a final trim.
- Place each signature individually into a "punching cradle".
- Make a jig out of a spare piece of paper show where holes for the spine will go.
- Repeat for the remaining signatures.