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Re: [BKARTS] Paper for Guarding



Kara,

It happens that I am doing a similar job, also for myself.  Your idea of
guarding each signature of 2 sheets and Coptic stitching will work even
though it will involve extra labor. Swell is not a problem because, with
Coptic binding, the book is naturally wedge-shaped and will easily accept
tip-ins such as photos, envelopes, etc.  One suggestion I have for guards is
Canson charcoal paper, that comes in lovely shades, if it will be strong
enough. Canson Mi Teintes is heavier but cracks with folding. You might use
a lightweight bookcloth cut in strips. I hesitate to suggest adhesive backed
cloth that comes in rolls because I hate to use anything pregummed or
adhesive backed.

You don't say what paper you have used for the text. If it is heavy enough,
you might do as I am with my book. If you have Keith Smith's book on single
sheet binding and follow his instructions for Coptic binding you wouldn't
need to do any guarding. Of course, then you wouldn't have the added
decorative feature of contrasting guards.

Another suggestion would be to use the album binding that has been discussed
on the list previously.  I'll best others will have other ideas.

Betty

 ----- Original Message -----
From: "Kara Sjoblom" <ksjoblom@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2003 4:12 PM
Subject: [BKARTS] Paper for Guarding

> I am doing a personal project in which I plan to guard
> every leaf. This is partially due to the the fact that
> I will only have single sheets with which to work. I
> plan to guard all the leaf so that I will have
> signatures and can do a coptic binding.
>
> My question is about what type of paper to use. I
> would actually like the guarding to be visible and
> would like to use a natural color, like brown or tan.
> Swell will hopefully not be too much of an issue
> because the there will also be additions, such as
> envelopes and photos, tipped in on some of the pages.
> I am hoping that will even things out a bit. Any
> suggestions on a good paper to use?
>
> This project is purely for myself, so I don't mind
> experimenting. I have three sets of the pages to work
> with, so if I mess up (no more than twice), I can
> replace what I ruined.
>
> I'd love to hear about anyone else's trials and errors
> in this area.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Kara
>
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