It is an exciting day...
Today I flicked through for the first time pages of a book of my own binding. :)
It began with a difficult hour this morning trying to get the shape of the spine right:
Every time I got the curve right something slipped and I ended up having to do the whole process again. Finally I settled with something I was happy with and the clamps went on:
Next, a copious amount of glue to hold the pages in place. They're already sewn so this is just setting the spacing and bonding them to the fabric hinge. Making sure plenty of glue goes down into the gaps between the gathers.
Then the fabric hinge itself, a piece of my Father-in-law's old shirt which he generously donated last night. I only own two shirts and wasn't about to cut up my dress shirt for this! Held on with, yes, more glue!
Of course, there's always something you forget... elastic bands! Ah well, roll of electrical tape seemed a good substitute.
And so, after a nervous few hours and even more nail-biting unclamping... the book holds together! It feels very satisfying, a weighty tome of 2nd Ed Warhammer goodness!
Even the full colour spreads line up... well, about as well as they were ever going to!
So, apart from the ornate spine and covers, that's volume 2 done. :) No, not quite. There's a gap on the 'Chaos Shield' competition page... now which artist at BOYL can I get to fill that in? Tony? Wayne? Looking forward to that!