A Bookbinder’s Travel Kit

I wrote about the first two layers (four pockets) of my travel kit last week. Since this adaptation of the Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book only has five pockets, today’s post will explain the combined bottom layer box and cover.

Here’s my finished kit.

The pull tab does look rather like a tongue, but I think I will skip David’s suggestion that I could add eyes.  ; ]

I had been trying to work out how to add depth to the cover layer to allow space at the front —opening— end. (Adding space in the middle for a ‘spine’ was no problem.) When I finally stopped obsessing about doing it by folding and decided that cutting would be OK, I worked out a solution immediately.

The scoring and cutting pattern for the bottom box/cover looks like this:

If you want to make a test model you can print out the self-closing cover-box layout. It should work on both A4 and 8.5 x 11″ paper. If you would prefer to draft your own pattern in a different size (the width of the B section is 3″ in the printable layout), the proportions are as follows:

Score all the dotted lines before doing any cutting. Cut out the rectangle along the outer edge of the heavy black line. Do not cut along the interior black lines yet: they will be cut after the folding has been done to make sure that the cuts match your folds.

Using your scored lines as a guide, fold the upper and lower edge in to the middle.

Open your page, then fold the left end into a point using the angled lines as guides.

Open your paper again, then fold the left end toward the right along the vertical dashed line closest to the left end.

Open your page again, then fold the top and bottom and the left end in at the same time. This will involve reversing the angled folds that formed the point. (You can find a more detailed description of this fold here.) You should have two little squares on the surface of the left end.

Re-open your paper and fold the remaining vertical lines. Now cut along the interior solid black lines, making sure that you cut exactly along the folds.

Re-fold the sides and left end. Fold the cut ends along the angled lines just to the left of the vertical cuts. There will be a small tab above and below the top and bottom edges. Fold the tabs towards the middle. Fold the right hand end into a point following the angled score lines. Try to match the edges of the upper layer (sides of the point) to the top and bottom folded edges of the tabs as closely as possible. Glue the point sides to the tabs.

To close the structure, fold along all the vertical lines and push the pointed right end into the triangular pocket at the left end.

You can glue the point shut for stability. I also added a pull tab to make opening and closing my binder’s kit a bit easier. Here is my assembled kit on the inside,

and on the outside.

The pull tab hardly looks like a tongue at all in this image.

In other book arts news:

Some of you may be interested in an accordion variation that appeared recently on Painting Speech. Beth Lee has written a post about a modular accordion that offers many possibilities for book artists and calligraphers.

In other news:

I have begun playing a new game started by Guylaine Couture (organiser of the Paper Toys exhibition. The project is called guylainelab and each month Guylaine will propose a new project and participants will make something in response. For a while I thought I might have to drop out. The project requires posting on Instagram and I do not own a smart phone. (I do have an iPad but I take terrible pictures with it.) I have, however, invented a work-around. I take a picture with my camera, process it, then email it to myself. I open the email on my iPad and upload it to Instagram. This is definitely not the instantaneous thing that happens using a smart phone, but it isn’t too onerous and it works. You can find images from the project here and from my Instagram here.

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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1 Response to A Bookbinder’s Travel Kit

  1. Pingback: Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2019: Day Ten and a Locking Pocket | Byopia Press

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