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Old 22-10-2010, 08:46 AM
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i,ve reached a mental block, i'm making a book shop and need ideas as how to make books as i dont buy things for dolls house projects i like to use bits and bobs. i'v done a few bits of covered balsa but i'm not impressed
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Old 22-10-2010, 06:44 PM
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Hi Gabrielle, welcome to the forum, I dont suppose you've tried Jims printables? (just google it) or there is a mini book pdf tutorial ( just google ,mini book pdf, I think its lostbuttonstudio.com) sorry can't be more helpful I also need to make lots of books, I have made four from wood and the results arn't too bad did you score three edges to look like pages? also round of the spine and make ridges were the book cover bends back. I have put a photo in my album if you want to look? I am trying to find out how to emmboss on fabrics to make my spell books I have tried card peel offs but they are still too big. If you pick up any useful tips please share
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Old 22-10-2010, 06:47 PM
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Polymer clay.. like fimo /sculpey is good for making anything
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Hi again I've just put into google 'making miniature books ' and a picture tutorial came up from flicker that looked good.... and a few other sites with ideas
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You can make miniature books in all sorts of different ways. Just google "how to make minature books". You can make them from printables, with balsa (like you've already done) and polymer clay. I'm sorry I'm not more helpful, I'll see if I can get a link for you, but my internet is being stupid tonight!
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Old 22-10-2010, 08:33 PM
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I ve printed off the net the covers and put mountboard squares inside, it looks like pages cos of the layers.
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Old 22-10-2010, 09:31 PM
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I was browsing online recently and saw a tip for making lots of books for shelves really easily. (I'd link to it but have no idea where it was)

You get old hardcover books and cut the edges of the covers off about 1cm - 1/2 inch wide (or wider if you want) then chop that into the heights you want. You can use all the edges around the cover - the edge becomes the spine which you can decorate with lines if you want (gold or black pen) and the cardboard inside looks like pages.

Normally I would think it a sacrilege to cut up books but often they are thrown out for recycling and apparently the recyclers can't use the covers. We needed several sets of mismatched encyclopedia sized books for a project my son was working on and were able to get them for free from a charity shop because odd encyclopedias don't sell (we did make a donation), so that might be worth a try or find out who collects for paper recycling.
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Old 22-10-2010, 09:35 PM
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i'll try to describe how i make books but might not make any sense!!

i get an argos book and draw rectangle the size i want the book and cut through the book with a craft knife til i go through as many pages as i need for the thickness i want. then i hold them tight and dip one edge in pva or bostik to create the spine and wait to dry (bostik is quicker)! then i put bostik on the back, front and spine and lay on a piece of leather, wait to dry and trim!
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Old 23-10-2010, 07:16 AM
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Great idea, I will try that! Any pictures?

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i'll try to describe how i make books but might not make any sense!!

i get an argos book and draw rectangle the size i want the book and cut through the book with a craft knife til i go through as many pages as i need for the thickness i want. then i hold them tight and dip one edge in pva or bostik to create the spine and wait to dry (bostik is quicker)! then i put bostik on the back, front and spine and lay on a piece of leather, wait to dry and trim!
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