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Worktable Wednesday

This morning was spent much like last Wednesday – I glued coptic journal covers using two more sheets of the paper I got from Chena River Marblers.

Paper by Chena River Marblers

11:08 a.m.

I was bummed to find that the purple marbled paper was grain short, so I could only get one journal out of it. Poo.

Mitered corners on handmade journal covers

11:31 a.m.

Prepping journal cover paper for gluing

12:34 p.m.

Things got more exciting once I went on a field trip.

Sheets of bookboard in the back of my van

2:36 p.m. - Off to Shelburne!

I’ve mentioned that my new bookboard is too large to fit in my Kutrimmer (argh). In order to get my board cut, I had to travel to a friend’s studio to use her Kutrimmer. She has a 1080.

Me? Jealous? Yes. Very.

Kutrimmer 1080

The thing is beauteous. In addition to having a larger cutting length (31.25″), it has a rocking foot-operated clamp. My foot never gets to help when I cut board at home. 🙁

17 boards later…

Piles of cut bookboard

6:26 p.m.

I didn’t cut the boards all the way down to finished sizes – I didn’t want to kill the blade and I can finish the rest at home on my inferior 1071.

I think I’ve become a bad Kutrimmer mommy.

There was a fun and gross discovery while cutting the bookboard – a smushed, bloody bug.

Smushed bug on sheet of bookboard

I performed several Google searches to determine whether smushed bugs are either archival or acid-free, but had no luck.

If you have any knowledge on the subject, please share! 😉

One Response to “Worktable Wednesday”

By Ellen - 28 October 2011 Reply

That is indeed one luscious trimmer! Swoon… ! (Kuttrimmer question–does your blade dull quickly? I’ve only had mine for several months and it’s already going dull, but I’ve put some weird things through it. I quake at the prospect of replacing the blade, both in monetary and practical terms. I doubt I’d find anyone I could trust to sharpen it around here. The downside of fabulous toys–uh–tools. Maintenance!)

Interesting question on the fly remains/blood. I consulted Professor Google as well, and equally came up without much. I think blood in general is fairly PH neutral, but instinctively I’d imagine fly guts and blood could lead to conservation issues? I guess partly it would depend upon how well the remains desiccated while drying under pressure.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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