Little Projects

While I have some larger works in the planning stages, I have also been working on some little projects. I got all the backing of paper and cloth done for my travelling bookbinder version of the Zhen Xian Bao. (There are instructions on how to do that here.)

I dry the backed materials on sheets of Plexiglas.

Here are the materials after drying.

Since there is a distinct difference between the two sides of the backed paper, I decided to glue the bottom of the twist boxes inside the flaps, rather than on the outside. (Instructions and a printable plan for making the twist box can be found here.)

You can see the bottom set inside the flaps on the right-hand box, the flaps folded over the bottom on the left.

All glued:

I cut and assembled the second layer boxes from the backed sewing pattern as well. (Instructions for second layer box and method for gluing first layer box to second layer box are here.) Once again, I glued the bottom of the box on the inside of the flaps. I then glued the twist boxes to the second layer boxes.

Next week I will make the combination bottom layer box/wrapper.

One other thing I did this week was to make a copy of Roberta Lavadour’s Gyromancy. The book was first offered on line twenty years ago, and has been made available again to celebrate its twentieth anniversary. You can read about the project here, including assembly instructions. The post includes a link to two printable pdfs, or you can download a two-page pdf using the link found here. Here are my printed pages.

Here’s my copy.

I used a variation of my interlocked band to hold the book closed. I emailed Roberta with the book’s copy number as instructed. Please note that the address in the instructions is also twenty years old and non-functioning. If you make your own copy, send the number to robertalavadour (at) gmail (dot) com instead.


In other news:

Graduates of Design Academy Eindhoven are taking the problem of paper waste seriously. Beer Holthuis has designed a 3D printer that works with recycled paper.

Tim Teven has developed a material made from the waste that is left after paper recycling.

Apparently the amount of material left after paper recycling —the ‘screen waste’, consisting of wood, plastic, and un-recyclable paper— is significant.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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