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Ladder Hinge Book Photographs

Sally took some photos of the Ladder Hinge book that I made for her. They are one heck of a lot clearer than the scans I took.

Ladder Hinge Book – finished

It’s finished and I’m very pleased.
I found my notes, and the other book I’ve done was a concertina book with similiar sort of stitching, but only one signature (coz it was a concertina). This one added book covers and that back hinge.
I’ll get Sal to take some photos of it – it’s a bit hard to stick it in the scanner now.


Ladder Hinge Book – signatures sewn in

I was a bit scared of this sewing part. I just knew that I’d muck up punching the holes. And I did – I did them upsidedown (which meant they were placed wrongly). But I was able to burnish over the holes to hide them because of the thickness of the pink paper, and re-punch them easily.
The actual sewing part was actually pretty easy.

I was very pleased to make first use of my awl, book sewing needle and waxed linen thread.

I was very confused why the hinge was facing backwards, until I worked out that when the hinge was all folded up, the pattern on the paper would face outwards, as the spine of the book. Aha!

The scans aren’t very good, coz the book is now a bit too big for my scanner. And it’s going to get worse, because the book is about to go 3D, and I don’t have a camera. I’ll have to get Sal to take some shots.

So this hinge folds up, and voila! A book! My bone folder has been of immense use during this project.

There is an extra “panel” at each end of the hinge. This extra panels are about to get glued onto the book covers.

This scan is even worse, but it does show the extra panel at the top, (er, right hand side of the book), and you can see the front page of each of the 3 signatures (sets of pages), sewn at intervals along the hinge.

I also used foil for the first time to write “Sally’s Photos”. It’s lovely and purple and bright. Heavy use of metallic crayons as well. I like metallic crayons.

Ladder Hinge Book – Signatures finished

The signatures are finished! :-)
Next is making the zigzag thingy to sew them onto.

Ladder Hinge Book – Hinge and Signatures

I’ve got the hinges happening.

I went through a couple of iterations. I wasn’t happy with the first set I cut. I cut a second set and glued them to the book boards. Because they were plastic (the back of a plastic folder) they unglued themselves when I tried to bend them. After a re-try, I gave up on the plastic idea and reinforced some lovely mould made purple paper with black cardboard, and made the hinges from that.

Here they are :-
They aren’t actually connected yet. They will be connected when I poke the chopstick through them, which comes at the end.
I’m pleased.

The next stage of instructions is :-

ie make the signatures; and then a folded stiff paper thingy into a zigzag thingy that adheres to the book boards at each end, and has the signatures sewn onto it.

I should say that these instructions are from “Book Arts – Beautiful Bindings for Handmade Books” by Mary Kaye Seckler; Suzanne McNeill Design Originals.

I’ve been busy making and decorating signatures while I’ve been waiting for the glue on the hinges to dry.
Because it’s meant to be a photo album for Sally, I wanted to put in photo corners, and decorate a lot of the pages.

I have something against scrapbooking as a concept, because it seems to me to be a huge new commercial industy where people (women) buy stuff to glue onto pages. Using personal and naturally found objects is different.
However, I’m betraying my principles, and ‘scrapbooking’ away to decorate the pages. Ribbons and paper, and odds and ends I got in the supplies I bought from Karen Ter Haar.

I’ve done 2 out of the 3 signatures so far. Each signature holds 6 photos (one per double spread). I didn’t want the weight of the book to get too great, given it’s a fairly simple construction.

I haven’t scanned all of the ones done so far – I want to leave a few suprises for when Sally actually receives the finished book.

Ladder Hinge Book

I’m working on making a book for Sally. I’m way behind in the presents that I owe peoples.
This is a Ladder Hinge book.

There’s another page or two of instructions, but this is as far as I’ve gotten.

This is one of the book boards, covered. I didn’t have any actual book ‘board’ but I had some thick core foam, and used that.

The paper is a bit of a bugger – the black is embossed velvet, and it smudges and comes up if it gets a little damp from glue. You can see the smudging on the “inside” (back) of the cover here – but that will get covered over with more paper – I’ll use a plain bright pink.

I’m going to re-cover the other of the book boards. (It smudged badly on the front of it.)

The book boards are hinged with a vinyl piece, swinging on a piece of dowel.

I used the back of a plastic folder for the hinge, not having any vinyl or similiar.

And found a chopstick that matches the paper that I got for the book cover, which I think is pretty neat!

I cut the hinge to finish 2 cm short of the top and bottom, so the daisies on the chopstick can be seen at the top. (and I reckoned it’d look weird if it was short at the top, and right down to the bottom)

I might get another folder and re-cut the hinge with a new scalpel blade. There’s a little rip on one side of one hinge. It doesn’t really matter, because it’ll be glued down, but did anyone say “perfectionist” ?

Then it’s to making the signatures and decorating them (I’m going to use black paper as the signatures and add in photo corners, and generally decorate the pages with odds and ends. I have some metallic crayons that I’m aching to use).
Then sewing them in to a zigzag internal hinge I need to create.