Category Archives: DIY

Making A Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book: Postscript —The Hedi Kyle Belt Fold and the Byopia Press Belt Fold

The Hedi Kyle Belt Fold has been used by a number of people as the closure for their Chinese Thread Books. Here’s one by Elissa Campbell. (You can read more about Elissa’s versions here.) The belt closure is suitable for … Continue reading

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The Bicycle Race Books Complete

We finished the twenty copies of The Mexican Bicycle Race this week. David trimmed head and foot, four at a time because I am still a little anxious about slippage when using Ko-Ko. I cut one-and-a-half inch wide strips of … Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: Papier Machine

Today’s flicks combine several of my interests: it’s about a book, DIY paper models, and miniature electronics. Papier Machine was designed and produced by Marion Pinaffo and Raphaël Pluvinage, and the little videos were made by Clément Brandely.     You can … Continue reading

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Making a Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book: Part Five or A Personal Conclusion

When I began all this —the trip down an internet wormhole chasing a particular origami folding pattern— I had no idea where it would all lead. The hunt for that set of instructions led me to an enormous trove of … Continue reading

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Making a Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book: Part Two

Part of the problem with my internet search for what I was calling a ‘star box’ was finding the most effective search terms. I Googled ‘Zhen Xian Bao’ and ‘Chinese Thread Book’. I did Pinterest searches as well. I tried … Continue reading

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How To Make A Woven Book Structure

Today’s post includes a printable pdf and instructions for assembling a book structure I have named Orihime in honour of the heroine of the Tanabata legend. I mentioned on Friday that July 7th, 2017 was the official third anniversary of … Continue reading

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How to make cooked wheat starch paste

I have previously posted my recipe for cooked wheat starch paste in a post about making paste papers and in a post about different kinds of adhesives. Since I was actually making a batch this week I thought I would show … Continue reading

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Busy, Busy, Busy

There have been a lot of things going on this week, starting with A Day in Davidson. The morning started with Kristina Komendant introducing calligraphy tools and techniques.

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A DIY Easter Bunny

I am posting a day early because tomorrow morning I will be busy cooking turkey and accompaniments for a 1 p.m. Easter Dinner. Yesterday’s Friday Night Flick was my 300th post. In celebration (and because it is seasonally appropriate) here is … Continue reading

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