Thursday, May 14, 2009

Over and Over and Over

It is unusual for me to make a whole bunch of books that are all the same. Even the few "editions" that I've done have never been more than a few. I am now, though, working on an edition of thirty. Quite an adjustment to switch myself into a kind of assembly-line production mode. So far...

The signatures as they were when I got them from the print shop:


Sewn with endpapers, and backed:


Boards cut and sanded (by hand, i might add, i do not have a board cutter):


Some of the cases:


Phew.

The whole thing is now on hold, though. I will be heading off to PBI soon so this set of books will have to wait for me. When I get back, I'll be taking the cases to have some text embossed on the spines...then after that, I'll put them together and eventually they will all have their own Japanese-style wrap-around cases too...

6 comments:

OffTheHooks/Crafty Ash said...

wow! that's quite the project you have going there! Its neat to see the whole process happening.
can't wait to see what they'll look like.

Merry said...

I agree great to see the whole process. Curious as to why you sand your boards?

Rhonda said...

thanks offthehooks and merry :)

Merry, I sand the edges and corners a little bit - just so they are smooth with slightly rounded corners - very slightly - just a quick pass of the sandpaper across each corner. I think it makes the boards neater and when you cover them. The paper/cloth doesn't encounter any sharp edges or pointy corners when you are covering the boards, so it can wrap itself more comfortably around the sides and corners i think.

Shelley said...

This is so neat! Do you take the covers to a printer to do the embossing? I never considered how that was done before. Thanks for showing us the different stages - I for one find it fascinating!

Clean & Bright Soaps and Candles said...

Thanks so much for sharing the process so far with us, Rhonda :)
As an avid book "reader" I find it fascinating what goes into making a book itself!

Rhonda said...

Shelley, yes I am having the covers embossed at a printshop. It is possible to do it by hand, but I don't have the tools or equipment and am not ready to invest!

Hi Jody! I'll post some more about this in a few weeks so ya'll can see what happens next :D