Using a book broth base, adding the savory of whimsical observation, and stirring well.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Holy Book Repair, Batman, part ll
In wholing the book, returning the text block and the cover back to their unified state, I first lined up the new end paper (here secured by an ever handy brick) with the text block, then marked it with green painter tape. I love green painter tape and use it often in my book repair work, and my art. It holds, removes with ease and does not mark. Once the green tape was in place to be sure the text block would be exact in its positioning I cleared the new end papers to a safe distance from whence they could observe, and proceeded to be liberal with the glue.
It should be noted, just before you are liberal with the glue, that over the end of the spine, over the mull, I had placed a white strip of card stock, and when I spread the glue, it was from the end of the spine area on the cover out onto the boards where the mull would lie. No glue is to go down the spine of the cover itself, or down the spine of the text block. The mull is what is attached to the book's cover, not the spine. Rather as though you glued your arms to the wall, but left your back free. Why you would do this to yourself I am not sure, but the image should give you the right idea for what to do with the book. With the book cover lying flat on the table, place a brick on either side of the text block to keep it in place and go away for a while. A day. A week if you want, it doesn't matter. Go on a holiday, go to Europe.
When you get back your book will look rather like this.