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Book Binding Tutorial by keyanadrake Book Binding Tutorial by keyanadrake
Ok, so, wow, this has taken me ages to get around to, and two days to actually do, photograph and put together in tutorial form.

This is my cheaty bookbinding method.

I have no machines or nice paper/card suppliers, so I kind of have to adapt what others do so they work for me. The most expensive bit to buy via this method is probably the duct tape.

I hope it's clear enough. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. I'll go-a-searching later on after dinner to find the tutorials I learned from and adapted to do this method.

Also, disclaimer: I am not a professional book binder, at least not in the proper way. I do my best to make them very pretty and work, but I'm not professionally trained (I'm self-trained), and I have no machines or gear or whatever else. So, please don't take this tutorial as the be-all and end-all of how to do book binding. I'm an amateur.

That said, I worked really hard on this, it's my gift to :iconabigtreehugger: for catching my kiriban.


EDIT: I see my typical long sentences, typos and overly wordiness has not taken a break for this tutorial. I'm sorry. Can't fix it now., will attack it again later and perhaps add a few more pictures so we can keep the names for parts of the book construction consistent.

>.< Sorry.
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DarkTownChris Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I appreciate the tutorial and the fact that you are NOT using machines and such. The magic in bookbinding is that each creation is unique and hand crafted. I will probably try doing this sometime this year as a project. The only non fun part seems to be the threading, but with practice it could probably be dealt with.
Seeing some of the creations of bookbinders/crafters on deviantart shows the amazing potential.
Geek-Queen Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student General Artist
What are signatures and how can I make the paper for that? I was confused at first.
keyanadrake Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Writer
 Signatures are the groups of folded pages. I often just use normal A4 printer paper, fold each page in half and slip the next one into the previous so it forms a sort of booklet. I group five folded pages at a time, and those groups are signatures. :) Sorry I took so long to reply. Life interrupts. :)
Geek-Queen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah ok so what I see in those little children books right?
sampea Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Looks hard, but fun
keyanadrake Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Writer
Not too hard. A little fiddly to get the tension right when you're threading the pages, and a little fiddly to do the right measurements so that when you glue the cover to the pages there isn't any overlap or underlap. But it's a much simpler method than other binders use.
ardnaexela Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
Hey, I've been thinking about binding my own book for years. I think I'll try again in some time. Do you know whether there's a way of getting it bound without having  taped back?
keyanadrake Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Writer
There's "Coptic" binding which is basically the page threading I did for this but you thread the pages to the cover instead of taping them, like this:… . And "long stitch" binding, like this:… . There are bound to be other methods if you look around at the book binding Groups on dA and look at what a google search produces. My method is an amalgam of those tutorials I found on dA and what resources I had at my disposal, I know professional book binders don't use duct tape for example. So advise you look around there's so many resources here and elsewhere on the net.
ardnaexela Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Oh thank you very much. that was very helpful.
keyanadrake Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional Writer
<3 No problem. :)
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