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Re: [BKARTS] Full Vellum Standards presentation by Peter Verheyen

Make sure the skin isn't too "horny"/stiff/thick and keep damp. I generally
dampen the turn-ins first, and then in the area of the headcaps paste out
the vellum and let it really soak in. This in addition to the PVA or Mix.
If need be dampen again from the outside while working the headcaps.
Spittle works well, but so does an alcohol/water mix.

You can thin the vellum at the turn-ins by scraping with a shard of glass,
but this is something I haven't done. A dremel COULD work too, but you
don't want to take to much off, otherwise it'll be too thin/translucent.

Above all, remember who's the boss and keep at it.


At 07:50 PM 3/28/2005, you wrote:

Thanks for the very clear explanation of full vellum binding in the GBW
journal. All went well but for one spot, and I'd appreciate comments from
you or anyone else (hence the public posting). You mention that the
headcaps can be difficult to form, and I found this to be an
understatement... particularly the act of pushing the vellum down around
the board edges while pulling enough up to form the caps. There's plenty
of stretch in leather but I couldn't stretch enough vellum up without
cutting the turn-ins. Any advice?

Bob Roberts
Maryville TN


Peter D. Verheyen
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