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« Reply #20 on: December 18, 2005 07:56:38 PM »

Great project!  Where did you learn bookbinding?

I think not getting lots of mail from credit card companies is a good thing.  Keeps you from getting into trouble.

This project reminds me of the astonishing dress worn by Lizzy Gardiner when she accepted her oscar for costume designs for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.


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« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2005 07:48:51 AM »

Great project!  Where did you learn bookbinding?

There are lots of tutorials on line--both here and elsewhere.  The first one I list was the most helpful for me; there's a diagram on the second page of instructions that's really useful for sewing the signatures.  I don't do this often enough to remember it off the top of my head.

« Reply #22 on: December 19, 2005 08:09:18 AM »

Zitrone -- I've been flailing around in my attempt to teach myself book binding.  I did use the first link (in conjunction with some book binding books) as a starting place for my Absinthe book, but I couldn't really wrap my brain around her knotting technique.  I think I need to take a class!


Are you concerned about the plastic of the credit cards sawing through your thread?

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« Reply #23 on: December 19, 2005 09:15:13 AM »

I waxed my thread with beeswax before sewing it to help it glide more easily.  I don't think it'll be a problem.  I used 6-strand embroidery thread, too, so there's six little threads to get through before it would fall apart.  They seem pretty sturdy to me, and since they're so small, it'd more than likely get filled before anything really happened to it.

It takes a little trial and error with the online instructions.  There are also other forms of bookbinding that might be easier for you, like 5 stitch, which I've never tried. 


Your Absinthe book looked pretty good to me.  I really like your stamp, too, by the way.  Besides, any instructions you find you can look at as suggestions, too--if you can't follow it exactly but you end up with something that works just as wel, go with it.  Maybe you'll invent a completely new form of bookbinding!
« Reply #24 on: December 19, 2005 09:59:10 AM »

Maybe you'll invent a completely new form of bookbinding!

That's what I figured!  As long as the book doesn't fall apart, and as long as it looks intentional, I'm happy!  I "invented" the approach to the cover of my book.  I didn't want to use glue, since the cover is translucent, but I also had to use a light touch, since the paper was somewhat fragile.

Your book is really wonderful.  It really pleases me that you used the "bait" credit cards try to lure us with to make an original object.

« Reply #25 on: December 26, 2005 02:00:18 AM »

thats a cute idea!  Grin
« Reply #26 on: January 23, 2006 09:28:39 PM »

So I know this may sound like a question with an obvious answer, but how do you lovelies get the holes in them so precisely?  With the cardboard ones they send me I'm not as concerned, but for the plastic giftcards, what's the best way to get a hole in them?


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« Reply #27 on: January 24, 2006 06:41:00 AM »

I heat a largish needle in a candle flame and poke it through.  If I make any more, I'm going to try using a Dremel tool to drill the holes; the melted plastic smell isn't so lovely.  You could also use small nails and hammer them through the card into scrap wood to make holes, but I haven't tried that.
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« Reply #28 on: January 24, 2006 07:38:42 AM »

Those are really unique! I have a few of these lying around... maybe I'll give it a try!
« Reply #29 on: January 24, 2006 07:43:59 AM »

This is indeed not only a brilliant idea, it is craftster-licious!   Wink
Well done!
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