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1  Re: coptic bound book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by mydogmeg on: May 31, 2004 12:24:56 PM
Since everyone else is doing it...  I made these this weekend. The blue and white one is a single-needle Coptic binding described in Keith Smith's Volume I Non-Adhesive Binding: Books Without Paste or Glue, and the red and black one is a four-needle Coptic binding described in his Volume III Non-Adhesive Binding: Exposed Spine Sewings.

The red and black one saw the last of the leftover paper from the concertina project. It looks nice but it is very heavy and fibrous and was a sucky paper to work with - the fibres came off on the brush when gluing, and dyed the glue, and it bleeds when it gets wet. The blue-and-white patterned paper is a very nice Italian paper I found at Paper Source.
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2  Re:Accordian photo album in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by mydogmeg on: January 25, 2004 11:48:09 AM
Yeah, it's kind of hard to show that fold when it's already been glued down. So here's an example of what it looks like when you're folding it:

The paper wasn't quite long enough, but it'll give you the idea. Wherever the folds come at the top when you are looking at the book, you just have a single mountain fold. But at the bottom, add an extra little fold about 1/2" to 3/4". (Anything smaller than 1/2" is too hard to fold cleanly!) The picture shows where I glued it down to the back of the previous page. (I am only putting photos on the right-hand pages.)

When you figure out the page size, you will want to add about a 1" margin on each side of the photo (ie, 4"x6" photo, 6"x8" book). The extra fold should be smaller than that margin.

The book with the Asian cover was 5"x5", and the photos inside were 3" square. The book with the white pages was 8"x8" because I was going to put 4"x6" photos in it, but some were vertical and some were horizontal.

Let me know if that doesn't clear it up. I used to be a tech writer - I should be able to figure out how to explain it clearly Wink
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3  Re:Accordian photo album in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by mydogmeg on: January 24, 2004 05:34:17 PM
Thanks, I was pleased with the way it came out.

Here is a detail from a similar book I did, it shows the "extra 1/2" fold in the valley" I described. It pushes the pages slightly further apart at the back, which keeps the photos from turning the book into a wedge shape - I glued it to the back of the previous page, which also helped stiffen the pages in this book (I used a printmaking paper instead of card stock, and it was about three inches larger):
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