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Apr. 6th, 2009 04:35 pm
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Figured I'd start migrating toward keeping maker-fabulous postings over at blogspot and life-things here, partly to make my beloved readers' lives a touch harder, partly to make mine a touch easier. Sorry 'bout that.

But yeah. :D Ping!
New post at One Crow Laughing!
(and a tiny little squee!!! over finally having a site-layout that doesn't burn my eyes. We'll see how long it lasts.)
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When you're looking for Root Kill so you can etch brass, you'll want the plumbing section of a DIY like Lowes. Twelve bucks and change for two pounds of copper sulfate, and now we're masked brass plate and a power source away from a Fun Weekend Experiment.

Photos will follow, when we get round to playing with chemicals.
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Mark and I went out to Booklegger today in search of a paperback and a hardback book to dissect and rebind. Bless a used book store in a town eyeballs deep in geeks--the SF section is GLORIOUS. I was wandering through the aisles muttering, "I came here for books to kill and resurrect, not shiny new ones to read!" Mark only laughed.

We wound up bringing home a new Spider Robinson, a new Heinlein, a deLint, and another copy of Stranger in a Strange Land. The last two will be my practice specimens.

The deLint looks like it should be fairly easy to strip; don't know how the thing's sewn together, but getting its bones off should let me see. There's a mull in there somewhere, but I can't feel tapes.

Making the perfectbound Heinlein an actual sewn-together book will likely be the off-time work of several months, but so potentially worth it. Methinks I'll figure out a way to put a grasshopper on the lower corner of the front. Hmmmm....

Keep your fingers crossed, kids. :D
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The phrase "haven't had to scrap one yet" is going to get me into trouble.

I danced with it for about two hours, today, and came to the conclusion that till I grok cased-in bindings better, I'm not going to mess with them.

Likewise made-endbands. Sewn, I can dig. Beaded, I can dig. But something weird happens when I try to paste on endbands, and until I've got a better idea what, that's another road I'm not going back down.

Still.
Jess: 11; books: 0.
FTW.

WooHoo!!!

Nov. 2nd, 2008 08:22 am
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The High Church of What Works has a new Saint:

Artemis BonaDea!

Let us raise a toast to Artemis BonaDea, who had useful data and gave it to people for the asking! Let us toast her again for agreeing, when someone said "This needs to be a book," and for finding collaborators and illustrators! Let us toast her a third time for putting that book on the net, free to all takers, so that whosoever will may learn.

TO ARTEMIS BONADEA!!
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So...

I've spent the past 45 minutes or so sewing a book together. Nothing new. Trying out something with a tacket binding that doesn't leave strings waving in the breeze (because there're two things I can't stand: wavy strings and cut off ends inside a signature). It was going pretty well, too; look!

The hazards of symmetrical piercings

Just one problem:

the hazards of symmetrical piercings...

...
~sighs, curses, and breaks out the embroidery scissors...~
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from his blog:
It was a lot harder than it sounds, and I did the whole thing with the voice of self-doubt screaming in my head, "They're all going to laugh at you! They're all going to laugh at you! They're all going to laugh at you!" I managed to pin it to a wall in a closet in my head, though, in a disturbing and poetic display of beautiful violence. Seriously, STFU, voice of self-doubt.


What kills me is that it isn't as hard as it sounds, what I'm doing. I've bound books like these before, except for one new variant, and that, I can see in my head clearly enough to do it calmly. That's sleek.

It's just that damn voice. So yeah.

Today, I'm bombarding it with Warren Ellis's taste in music (his daughter's right, it's creepy. This doesn't stop it from having exactly the right bassline to keep my head in the game) and turning on all the lights against the dim of a rainy morning.

Seriously, STFU, voice of self-doubt.
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Finally getting round to posting pictures of the first two books in Brni's edition. I TOOK pics of the other two, but they're both so jittery, it's hard to tell whether they're books or Fungi from Yoggoth.

Anyway, here's the set so far.

And here's a poster-book!
Book the First
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1) The coptic stitch, while lovely and easy on the brain, does not seem to lend itself to bindings involving three or fewer signatures. We get to figure out either how to modify it, or something else to do in its stead, for the Evil Gazebo.

2) However! The coptic stitch CAN be done through a pierced piece of reinforced-into-oblivion bookcloth. Requires a bit of fidgeting and lots of going through fiddly little holes, but it CAN be done, and would probably be quite pretty...if done on something with more than three signatures. File this idea and come back to it, we will.

3) The up-side to only having three sigs and a cover to deal with is that a book--from cutting out the bookcloth and drilling holes in the cover boards to gluing everything down and putting it in the press--can go together in something like seven hours, even when you're not totally certain what you're doing. We'll see how other bindings go together in comparison.

Also fun: I set up a last.fm station for workmusic. Woohoo. :)

It's done!

Sep. 11th, 2008 07:18 am
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What's more--it's done and out of my hands!
(which means pictures for the rest of the world.)

Here y'go!

Front of book

~~~~~~~~~~~

And now I get to wrangle my mother, my grandparents, and my squeak for the day. Gonna be a looooong day.

Hm.

Sep. 9th, 2008 02:55 pm
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Steven Brust makes a rather pointed observation, and I find myself nodding agreement and wondering, "Yes, but how to change it?"

In other news, I'm coming to the conclusion that when I'm planning a cover, I need to take Ideas A and B and feed them to Idea C. Don't even bother working them out in realtime; build them mentally and poke them till they break, then feed the bits of them to the next idea. And maybe THEN I'll be able to get to the end of a book without a "Well....Damn." moment.

That, to say that I'm finally happy enough with Seamus's book to hand it to him in exchange for shiny gold rocks. But it's been a humdinger, getting there. Bloody Tudor roses.
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Gosh darn the odd twists of the intarwebs.
I usually avoid places like Talas and Hollanders, specifically because I come out wanting things like this.

But someone in the bookbinding community here asked where in Aus. or the Net could Davey board be found, and so I ducked into Hollanders to see what their international shipping policies were, since I'm not checked out on Australian commerce, but the Net, I'm learning the knots in.

And found that...

~sigh; snicker at self~
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Jones Tones Foil: It works infinitely better on sueded leather than on buttery-soft, sleek kidskin. Something about the glue stays gummy instead of drying to the ideal tackiness, whether it's left to cure for one hour or ten. Maybe better luck on fabric?

Buttery-soft, vegetable tanned kidskin: Oh, so sweet. How I love you, you lightweight and slightly spongy goatflesh. I will know better, next time, than to try and tool you at all.

PVA: When you're accustomed to the oh-god-get-it-right-the-first-time-glue-and-paper-and-board-meet-because-trying-to-pull-that-apart-will-end-the-WORLD!!!!!111eleventyone!! of working with thin paper? PVA's leather-to-wood drying time is *perfect*.

Of course, now that I've said that, life will cause something to go sideways and prove me wrong, but hey. What're hypotheses for if not for breaking?

Speaking of which--

Plans for cover treatments: Make three of them, at least. Expect the first one to go directly to hell without stopping for lunch. Be ready for the second one to follow it.

the PVA/leather/wood bond: Not as irreversable as I'd been led to believe. This opens interesting possibilities for other bindings.

Freehanding metal leaf paint or foil glue: Will give you a result roughly similar to kindergarteners' fingerpainting. Don't do it. Have a pattern. Work the pattern. If you can't get a pattern onto the lovely squeeshy kidskin, consider moving on to Cover Plan B or C.

***

One of these days, I'll pause and tag all the bookbinding stuff so it's easier to get at. Not tonight, though. Tonight, there's The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe to read to my boyo. Somehow, I (a Baptist preacher's granddaughter) managed to miss the heavy allegory inherant in Aslan and his sacrifice, the first time I read that book. I'm'a see if I can ease Dae through the same way. Years down the line, if he re-reads things and is floored by the similarities between Aslan and certain other Summer Kings, so be it. But this time through, I'd like to just read him a faery tale.
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Curved needles make the much-beloved double needle coptic stitch SO much easier.

Got the wee book sewn most of the way together in two hours, tonight.
Now to anchor everything, figure out what I'm going to do with the loose ends, take pictures, and nip it into the press for a day! This, I may do after breakfast tomorrow.

Then, my dear [livejournal.com profile] westlinwind, thou shalt have a wee little blank book.

~wiggle full of glee~

And then I get to bind and dye a shirt for Mark.
And then I get to figure out charms for a bracelet (and then assemble said bracelet).
And all the while, I plot and scheme how to take prose from its raw form into something printable, and then how to bind and cover said printing.
And keep my eye out for the next project.

...~exhale, smile~
Now if only I can figure out how to turn a profit at this...
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1) Iron-on transfer paper will gladly adhere to several things... except acrylic-paint-and-gesso-covered canvas board. There, some takes and some doesn't...

2) Sanding said board only encourages what paint and transfer remain to adhere more firmly...

It's not quite unsalvageable yet; If I can figure out a way to get paper to do what I'd meant the board to do, visually, then the board can still do its job structurally...

Still.

>.<

At least there's good IM company through it, though... :D

...
~goes back to eyeing parts of things and muttering...~

EDITED TO ADD:

3) Layer upon layer of ye olde iron-on can work, just remember to protect the inactive layer (when you're ironing the active layer) with the same piece of waxed-feeling paper that you peeled off of it.

4) At low, dry heat and with small designs (say, smaller than the widest point of the iron), it is safe to leave the iron sitting on the transfer...but not quite for as long as it takes to post a blog entry...

Unless it's a very short blog entry.

Thankfully, the transfer on transfer bit came out well; now we get to find paper to which to anchor it, and we'll be in business.

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