Most people think that it's easy to slap a book together; two pieces of cardboard, a duct tape spine and throw some pages in. How hard can it be?
Mmm....Kinda. It's not difficult, but involves a lot of steps and drying times in between. I thought that it might be best to take it one step at a time. That's why this post is just about how to make a hardcover. Yes, just the cover.
Book Covers I've Known and Loved or hated
Cut the covers out of bookboard or grey board. Or use mill board. It comes in large sheets and is fairly cheap. It's about $7 CDN for a large sheet. The store will usually cut it in half for free. Once cut in half it is almost square, so draw some arrows pointing the length of the board before they cut it. Everything in the cover needs to have the grain pointing upward.
SUPER EASY BOOK BOARD
Sometimes you can buy black bookboard pre cut.
Book Board info link.
You can use any material cotton, silk, the afore mentioned linen. Lay it face down and brush wheat starch on it. Make the wheat starch the consistency of gravy. Once it's saturated then put the piece or pieces on on a smooth dollar store place mat or cellophane. Let dry completely. That's it. It's just that easy.
SUPER EASY CLOTH
Go buy some paper backed bookcloth.
Wheat starch is commonly found in Asian food stores. You can also use rice starch. But you can not use corn starch or flour. Wheat starch has a really low cooking point. Think eggs. Mix the wheat starch with water and cook in the microwave for 20 seconds. It's done when it's clear. Strain or use an electric whisk to get out the lumps.
It looks like the white paste they gave you in grade 1. The paste that someone always inevitably ate.
You only need the ruler and the knife. Also a small painting brush (dollar store) and watercolour brush (steal one from the kids) for the gluing. You can use a plastic triangle for squaring everything up.
With your nice, fresh wheat paste and your dollar store painting brush standing by, take a couple of white sheets out of the printer and cover your boards. Leave the over hanging paper on. You want to keep that. Then go to bed. The boards need to dry overnight.
New blog post. Anatomy of a book Part 2 Assembly
The Guild of Book Workers USA
MILLIMETER BINDINGS henryhebert.net/2012/01/11/millimeter-and-rubow-bindings
HAND SEWN HEADBANDS
Be sure to check out the bookbinding blogs too.
They often have tutorials
BIG JUMP PRESS
Beautiful books and boxes in Finland
Portugal - leather tooling
OWL AND LION
Bookbinding workshops in Scotland
Forum & lots of info
BECCA MAKING FACES
Examples and TUTs of every Japanese stitch in the world