Top secret custom order in progress…
I just completed the covers for the super-secret custom project that I mentioned back in January. All of the contributor pages are in, so I’m good to go!
I started by determining the placement for an inset book title, which will be letterpressed by the fabulous May Day Studio.
I used my X-Acto knife to cut the outside lines, taking three passes on each line. It’s easier to do it that way than to try making a deep cut on one pass.
Bookboard is evil in that layers don’t peel off in consistent, large pieces. They like to be all random and, well, evil. When I have to carve a large inset, I usually make a grid of cuts so that I can just peel off small pieces. It’s much more satisfying.
Hey look – I peeled off a bunch of board!
Here’s the pile of peels to prove it!
After the inset is cut as evenly as possible, I burnish it with a bone folder. This helps tame the fuzzies and makes the surface smoother. I love using my Jim Croft bone folder for this task as it has an awesome pointy flatness that’s great for getting into the corners.
Time for gluing! For this book, I’m using a beautiful Duo bookcloth I got from Colophon – it’s two colors, with red being the dominant color and green being the secondary color. It’s like a traffic light, with both a red light and a green light in the same cloth. The manufacturer calls the color peperoni, but Colophon calls it chili.
I work the cloth into the inset before I do any burnishing on the rest of the cover. I want to make sure that the bookcloth sinks all the way in there and conforms to the shape of the inset. I use a teflon bone folder for this task – it’s softer and has less risk of tearing through the cloth.
Here’s a close-up of the inset:
My customer wanted a pocket on the inside of the back cover, so I created one using the same paper I used for the book pages.
These are the completed covers:
The covers are going to sit in the press until I’m ready to start binding the book. The project seems much more real now that the covers are done and the pages are here. I took pictures of all of the pages and I’ll be sharing them in a later post (after the gift is given).
I can’t wait to start binding the pages into the book!