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Topic: TUTORIAL :How to turn a hardcover novel into a sketchbook  (Read 67329 times)
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« on: May 24, 2004 07:59:21 PM »

Materials used:
a hardcover novel
blank paper (I used computer paper cut to the size I needed)
an exacto knife
a pencil
a plastic ruler
dental floss or book binding thread
silicone glue
strong thick ribbon
a hammer
a nail
a bulldog clip



First, find yourself a hardcover book that you want to turn into a sketchbook. You want something cheap, in decent condition and something you aren't going to be upset about ripping apart (althought it is possible to still be able to read the novel if you take it out carefully). I got this version of Treasure Island at a thrift store for a dollar.


Using the exacto knife, carefully cut the pages of the book out at the front and back. Be very careful to not cut throught the bookcover. It is really easy to go through the spine of the book because it isn't as strong as the front and back cover section. You will be left with the cover to the book and the pages of the novel. I was also able to take of the paper glued to the front and back cover but this won't always come off easily. You are going to cover that part up anyways, so it's not a big deal if the paper won't come off.


If you need to cut your blank paper to fit into the book do so. Just measure a page from the novel and double the width of the page. I decided I wanted to have 100 pages in my sketchbook, so I cut 50 pieces of computer paper. Once you have this done, use your plastic ruler to fold each of the pieces of paper exaclty in half. Unfold all the paper and pile it neatly.


Using your pencil, mark off six evenly spaced out dots along the fold line of the piece of paper onto of your pile. I used a bulldog clip to keep the paper together in the pile. Using a nail and a hammer, carefully hammer the nail into each of the dots, making sure to go through all of the paper in the pile. You may have to do this in two groups. It is very important that every sheet of paper has the same puncture marks.


Fold each piece of paper back again. I then divided the folds into groups of five, placing the folds into eachother. Meaning I had ten groups of folded paper, each containing 5 full sheets of paper which works out into 10 book pages. Then using the dental floss I bound the fold groups together using the coptic stitch style.



Some tutorials on the coptic stitch can be found here:

http://benrinehart.com/images/pdfs/coptic_stitch.pdf
http://ideanet.doe.state.in.us/olr/grantprojects/books/Coptic%20Book.htm
http://shala.addr.com/magazines/

Using the silicone glue, glue a piece of ribbon along the spine of the book pages you just bound together. The silicone glue takes a little while to set so you will probably have to take a little break from it. The glue also has a really strong smell, so use it in a ventilated area. You can trim off the excess ribbon, or fold it over and glue it to get a more neat finish on it.


Once the ribbon has set, you can start glueing the front and back page of the black pages to the from and back inside cover of the book. Do not glue the spine of the book pages to the spine of the cover. This is very important. Spread the silcone glue on the front of the pages, then place it properly on the inside cover of the book. Once the glue has set, do the same for the back piece of paper.




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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2004 08:07:36 PM »

That is very cool, and excellent tutorial! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2004 08:10:22 PM »

that is a great looking book and a wonderful tutorial...
one thing i might add (because i'm lame with a hammer and nails as much as any other reason) is that i use a fiskar hand drill and a vice to make my wholes.  it's a brilliant little thing for book making.
cheers--
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2004 08:13:38 PM »

that is a great looking book and a wonderful tutorial...
one thing i might add (because i'm lame with a hammer and nails as much as any other reason) is that i use a fiskar hand drill and a vice to make my wholes.  it's a brilliant little thing for book making.
cheers--
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Yeah my father suggested pretty much the same thing, but me and power tools haven't mixed so well in the past so I'm playing it safe heh
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2004 09:37:01 PM »

oh, i'm with you on the power tools!  this is a hand crank drill--it is absolutely wonderful, moved as fast or slow as you turn it and only costs about $12 or $15. 
i really recommend it!
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2004 03:32:04 AM »

oh, i'm with you on the power tools!  this is a hand crank drill--it is absolutely wonderful, moved as fast or slow as you turn it and only costs about $12 or $15. 
i really recommend it!
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I will definately have to check those out! Thanks for the tip!
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2004 10:26:44 PM »

wow! thank you soo much for this very very well written tutorial! I've seen a few before but this one is excellent. I have a book I've been meaning to do this to for a while, but couldn't quite figure out exactly how it worked. This is going to be my next project!!
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2004 12:16:20 AM »

funky! Cheesy Grin
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2004 04:01:42 AM »

thanks for the amazing tutorial. i feel confident in making a book now, and i never had a clue what to do before. thank you.
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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2004 02:05:44 PM »

oh, i'm with you on the power tools!  this is a hand crank drill--it is absolutely wonderful, moved as fast or slow as you turn it and only costs about $12 or $15. 
i really recommend it!
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I found one on sale last week. I adore it. It makes everything so much easier! Thanks for reccommending it!
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