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Cover for A Clear Midnight

Last week’s post contained the instructions for making A Clear Midnight, and a link to a printable pdf of the parts. This week you can make a cover for the book.

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A Clear Midnight

It is once again time to offer a DIY artist’s book in celebration of the anniversary of this blog: four years this coming Saturday. Since July 7 is also the beginning of Tanabata celebrations in Japan, the book is star-themed. … Continue reading

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Some Variations on the Shrigley Binding

Last week I wrote about accidentally inventing the Shrigley Binding while trying out various origami folds. This week I will show a simpler way to achieve the structure, and some variations of shape and assembly.

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How I accidentally invented The Shrigley Binding

(with apologies to Benjamin Elbel.) I have been playing with little squares of paper again, making components for paper ‘quilts’. Some of the designs come from Tomoko Fuse, though the basic ones may be traditional. I have also played with … Continue reading

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How To Make A Paper Sheath For Scissors

I mentioned a while ago, when writing about my knitter’s version of a Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread book, that I made a paper sheath for my little scissors. That’s the main subject of today’s post.

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Friday Night Flicks: Making a traditional Chinese hanging scroll

Tonight’s flick from The British Museum shows senior conservator Mrs Jin Xian Qiu applying her 43 years of experience to mounting two large paintings as traditional scrolls. I found the idea of getting an absolutely even coat of starch paste … Continue reading

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Little Star Books 3

Today’s post features the third and final little star book for you to make. It’s the one at the bottom of the picture below, and is a variation of the one I posted as one of my star posts for … Continue reading

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Little Star Books 2

Today’s post contains the instructions for making the second of three little star books. The one being made today is shown in the upper left corner of the picture below.

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Little Star Books 1

As you may have guessed from the title of today’s post, I have decided to spread the instructions for the three little star book variations over three posts. At the end of three weeks, you will know how to make … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Zhen Xian Bao: Part 2

This week I added the upper compartments to the self-closing bottom boxes I showed you last week. The first step was to glue down the interior triangular flap containing the pocket. I glued the triangles in both models to the … Continue reading

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