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« on: December 08, 2006 08:57:46 PM »

So I'm in my finals frenzy for this semester and I'm working on an accordian book for one of my classes. As per usual, however, I've never actually completed a book before. On my mock-ups I'd used rubber cement which worked fine but stank horribly. For the final I was planning on using a mixture of Sobo and Nori which was suggested by my teacher. It works fine for the book cloth, but totally bubbles and warps when I'm just gluing paper to paper (the same way Elmer's would, for instance). Does anyone have any suggestions for adhesives that don't do that? Or a better way to apply them, if that's what I'm doing wrong? I'm mixing them in a dish and applying with a paintbrush, at the moment. Thanks so much for your help.  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2006 06:14:31 AM »

Are you letting your glued paper dry under weight?  Any time you get paper wet, it will cockle unless you put it under some weight to hold it flat while it dries.  Even better, you could put some blotter paper under the weight to speed the drying process.  In my studio when I'm gluing/pasting things, I either use little box weights (made from acrylic boxes filled with BBs) or put things between two pieces of 1/2" MDF (medium-density fiberboard-- super cheap at the hardware store) and put them in a press.  You can get the same effect by putting a brick or something else heavy on top of your boards.

I hope that makes sense.  Let me know if you want more suggestions.
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2006 12:50:06 PM »

Thanks for the response. Smiley I did find that weighting them down worked, but since it's an accordion book it wasn't really possible because it's one 60+ inch piece of paper and I don't have enough weights (or table space). What I finally ended up using was a paste called Yes! I haven't finished the whole project yet, but it looks like it's going to work. It's a lot thicker than white glue but I've just been using small pieces of card stock to apply it and so far no wrinkles or warping at all. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Tongue Thanks again!
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2006 01:31:30 PM »

Paste should work better, because it's less wet than glue, if that makes sense. 

Good luck!  Post pictures when you're done!
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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2006 11:45:08 AM »

I would recommend using a brayer as well to smooth out any air bubbles that might be there, before you weight it down. With a piece of paper that long the brayer would be easy to use.
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2007 08:55:43 PM »

Dumb question here...what is a 'brayer'?  Would a bone folder work as well?

So glad I found this post...despite being tucked under a gigantic stack of books, a few of my V-day cards warped a bit.  Sad  I think I must not have left them under there long enough (eager to get back to work). 

Does anyone have any specific pastes they recommend?  Thanks! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2007 09:09:44 PM »

A bone folder will work but it will take longer. This is a brayer: http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/carving/images/brayer.jpg
It's like a little wooden paint roller. You just roll it flat, it gets all of the bubbles out!

I have had good luck with PVA glue (the kind I use is a bookbinder's glue), and bad luck with Mod Podge. Mod Podge will work, with a lot of wrestling, but seems too wet. I haven't tried wheat or rice paste, but they are supposed to work well too. It's very helpful to brush the glue on first, or even a foam roller to spread the glue on evenly...the thinner the better if your paper is thin.

Hope that helps! have fun and good luck!!
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