If you're making a case then in the morning you'll wake up to this.
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
Now mark the book for top and bottom and front and back. Then go have lunch so everything can dry.
The groove on the edge and the spine are formed while the cover is still damp. Put bricks on the book taking care to place them only on the book board. Don't crush the spine by covering the entire case with the bricks. Now the cover can be trimmed back to fit the pages.
ALMOST THE FUN PART
Your cover should be bone dry. Remember when I said to not glue to the edges? That's because that loose strip is going to be gently ripped off. Don't cut it. You have to rip it. It should look really ratty with rough edges and pieces sticking up. Take your bone folder and rub those nasty pieces down until the cover is smooth.
You can get a remarkably smooth finish by by rubbing the rough edges with the bone folder.
THE FUN PART - COVERING THE SPINE
Cut the cloth about 3" and put on the spine. Rub it with your bone folder or just using your hands. On my leather book below I chose to use matching leather on the edges. That's because the paper I used is quite fragile. So I'm protecting the edges with the leather. You don't have to do the corners or spine in leather. Covering the entire cover in book cloth or paper is the easiest.
On this book I didn't pare the edges of the leather because I don't know how. The decorative paper is rather thin and I don't want a ridge where the paper and leather meet. So I'm adding a strip of plain paper to each of the white parts of the cover. This builds up that section of the cover to get rid of the height difference between the leather and the paper.
Next is to make a drop in groove in preparation for the paper. This is made by running a line along the spine piece. Put he line on the leather and close to the edge. Cloth is done in the same way.
The decorative paper does not butt up against the cloth and paper, but goes in the drop in groove. So when the book dries, the paper does not shrink away from the cloth or leather.
So pop in your already measured decorative paper and....you're not done.
Flip the book over and the edges (turn ins) will not all be the same size. You have to wait for the cover to dry for a bit. Go close the curtains, turn on the lights and make a cup of tea. After your tea use a ruler to even out those turn ins.
Next get a piece of white paper and trim it to fit inside the the white rectangle. Glue that in. To get a good fit I usually butt the paper against the top and run my finger nail around the inside edge.
At this point I wrap the text block in waxed paper and slide it into the cover. After the book is closed around the text block get a pair slender knitting needles and put in that groove. Remember the groove? Put under weights overnight.
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.
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