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Standard Leather Bound Book Construction by BCcreativity Standard Leather Bound Book Construction by BCcreativity
This is my standard leather bound book construction.
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hellenielsen82 Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
I wish i could do something like that..its beautiful :love:... always wanted a large journal with 2-300 pages ;)
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Vanyanie Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you finish with the leather where the slice ends (where the headbands are)?
It looks different how I do when working with cloth.
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Vanyanie Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful, thanks!
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African-Amber Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. Really, Thank you.
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for the kind words. I truly appreciate it.
Cheers
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African-Amber Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Hug 
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valerv Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
when i first started looking at this i had a lot of questions, having gone through the previous comments most were answered and i learned a few things i hadn't thought to ask, but im still wondering a couple things, where do you get your leather? the only thing even like this i have found was lining leather intended for the insides of purses, and can you explain any better how you have folded the leather around the ends of the spine? I'm currently working on rebinding a book as a gift, and it really is an art that one cannot learn overnight. but i keep looking and finding new things, this tutorial will help a lot, and i love your work :)
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
To answer your question on where I get my leather, I have included a link to my favorite shop. They have a great selection and are affordable.
www.etsy.com/shop/PeggySueAlso…
Cheers
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kivimetsan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Is your leather dry? or you put some water to do it more soften?  i saw a tutorial of a man who put some water mixed with glue, it's that the way to do it? or you put the glue on the paper?
sorry 4 to many questions -_-'
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I wet my leather by brushing on water. I ket it soak in, but not too damp. This allows the the glue to be brushed on more smoothly without getting too watered down.
Also when you apply the leather, it will dry and shrink to form nice and clean around any inlays and the hug the spine.
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kivimetsan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Thank you very much, I greatly appreciate your advice.
The truth is that it is not easy to find good tutorials, and usually i have many questions.
^.^
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MilleCuirs Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is time well spent! A LOT of time! Amazing!
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much. I hope this helps other with their attempt to bind.
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:iconmillecuirs:
MilleCuirs Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
First thing it made me realise is that I'm still missing some equipment! :P
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:iconartst04:
artst04 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
That's really great
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GaMzEeM4K4R4 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg you da best
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much. I appreciate that.
Cheers
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:iconsoarts:
soarts Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I respected your work before, and this only made me respect it more!!! :D
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AntiquesDoll Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
How are you applying the leather?
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KiriSosha Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks been looking for something like this
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brubismarie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Finally I see a bookbinding tutorial on leather! This is super exciting, I was wondering if you would consider doing a spine tutorial, it was always my goal to make one of this
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brubismarie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Oops, never mind, just found it!
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IonizedIan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Where or how did you learn to bind book?
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have always had a fascination with books and thier construction.
About 10 years ago I started takeing them apart and examining thier innards.
I am self taught and do absorb a tutorial here and there to broaden my skills.
I like to take concepts and techniques and alter them to cater to my needs.
I also wrote a fantasy novel some years back and wanted to bind it myself. I promised myself that I would do this once I felt I was skilled enough to create what I have floating around in my head. I still feel that I am not quite there yet. One day.
Cheers
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Alice-Lupin Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
for such a nice tutorial about binding a book you say surprisingly little
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
What do you want to know. I will talk if you want.
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Alice-Lupin Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
First: I love the detailed pictures, I would have loved to see a detailed description to go with the pictures though, as I am always curious which specific materials are used :)
Also: What kind of glue do you use? I have seen glue based on rice starch being used and I wonder what the advantages are of specific types of glue :)
do you have a preference for certain materials?(cord, leather etc.)

And if it's not rude to ask: how do you embellish the more complicated shapes? Do you make a cardboard shape and use a soft brush to get the leather to shape around it?

If it's too much to ask, I'm sorry ^^ I had a book-binding class at the art academy I used to attend, but I always wanted to be able to be more creative with it, I had concepts like these sketched out but never knew exactly how to realize them :)
also: I'm sorry for the typo's, I'm not a native speaker ^^U
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi, thanks for the comment. To answer some of your questions, I have used many types of product and materials over the years and have narrowed them down to specifics. I love this glue called SOBO. It drys well and is easy to work with. I have used wheat and rice, but veered away after trying this kind.
As for the embellishments I put on my covers, I use tag board or davy board depending on the height and dramatic effect I am going for. I hand carve them and measure out via my original drawings and templates. When applying the leather, I make sure to not wrap it around the book at first. I star with one side and tool in the edges and curves with a bone folder. I repeat this process on the other side and put into the press. For the books that have embossing, de-bossing, inlays and decorative filigree, I place a cut piece of dense memory foam on top of the covers. This will form around everything and seep into the tooled creases adhering everything tight and clean.
My advice would be to have patience and allow drying time in between stages. Some stages require you to work fast, but never rush a book. Focus on each stage you create for a project and have fun.
Cheers
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Alice-Lupin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
I am truly sorry for the late reply, but thank you so much for the information. When I was younger I used to be quite impatient, but nowadays I take more time for a project and bookbinding helps me summarize techniques in an orderly fashion so that I may re-use it in it's essence.
As I quite enjoy collecting knowledge(and also binding it, but most services around here either don't deliver such a special project or for an enormous fee)
it is just as fun and educational to attempt it yourself, and that's pretty much how it started :)
so, Thank you very much for your help.
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are most welcome
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murrl Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow thats amazing!! wonderfull
but i have one question. why do you cut the first sheet?
thanks :)
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I cut the first sheet because when you open the book, you will not have any part of the channel visible. This is a big no, no. You want the person opening the book to admire the content on the pages, not the gap where the end-board and the text block meet.
Check out (La Sangre Real) to see the finished piece and the inside when it is complete.
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murrl Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh i see, just have forgotten this part. i have only made one of those old bindings.
thanks for you answer :) your work is so awesome and beautiful!!!
so did you have made a apprenticeship or learned by your own?
(hope my english isn't that bad ^^)
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am completely self taught.
I do absorbe as much as I can from others when ever possible.
I love tutorials, They help a lot.
Cheers
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darkmoonwolfwarrior Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
awesome!!!
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BitterFruit Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wow, I always wanted to know how to make one like this...
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I hope it helps you. I did not reveal all of my techniques, just the basic process.
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BitterFruit Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I understand it, but one question, how did you come to know how to do it? Are there books or are you a real bookbinder?
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL. Yes I am a real bookbinder. I have been bookbinding for sometime now and earn a second living off my commissions.
I have gained much knowledge from others, books, videos, tutorials, and the pure desire to create one of a kind books.
Cheers
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BitterFruit Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Still thanks ^^
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DJMyster Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Saw this a while back but forgot to Like it and have been looking for it for the last three weeks LOL!
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FanticyFanGirl07 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
I LOVE YOU'RE BOOKS. There so beautiful and classic old leather style. I love them. I REALLY want to make my own, but I have a 'few' questions for both tutorials. What kind of paper did you glue to the spine of the sewed paper and how did you get the spine to curve? Where can I get this leather (at a good price)? What is that board you used under the leather to shape it? Do you use regular school glue or another kind. How did you place the thread on top of the spine of the sewed paper and how exactly do you do it? When placing the leather on, what do you use for glue and do you have a special tool to flatten the leather to the mold cut-out and get the air bubbles out?
I know that's a lot of questions, and it would be so much simpler if you were here to teach me, but what ever. hope I haven't overwhelmed you with my questions, but I'm the kind of person who learns by pictures and words. Sorry.
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midnightlight05 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a fantastic tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing this!
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You got it. Cheers
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Inferry Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wath kind of leather do you use?
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It depends. I have used everything from cayman to buffalo. Mostly I use Italian goats leather. Sometimes Napa leather.
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badjedidude Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
I love it! Very detailed and informative! Thanks for sharing. :)
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much
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orngeturtl Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
really nice. thanks for sharing
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BCcreativity Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks
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