A redditor narcoleptic_insomnia, said she’s always wanted a copy of the Dao De Jing with the Chinese text and translation of each character. And instead of finding or buying such a book, she decided to make one herself!
This is so awesome, and the final product looks stunning! The fact that it’s Dao De Jing makes it even better. The whole book looks like artwork. Good job!
Scroll down for some details! 🙂
1. Editing the book.
Even though the majority of the book was copy-and-pasted this was probably the most time consuming part of the process.
2. The layout of the text was done.
And printed it on 24 lbs.ivory parchment paper. She used plain white computer paper on her first (and only other) bookbinding attempt and it works great, but the parchment definitely has a nicer look and feel.
3. Then fold all of the pages into signatures.
She chose to use five page signatures.
4. The next step is to stitch them all together.
These marks will guide you in the stitching process.
5. Poking holes in all the signatures…
6. Sewing together the signatures
7. All of the signatures are stitched together!
8. The way the stitching looks are enjoyable
9. The next step is to add a few coats of glue to the spine of the textblock.
10. This is what it looks like after the glue has dried.
11. Aside from the finished product, the book may looks the best in this point in the process.
12. The top of the textblock isn’t very flush because she trimmed down the pages a little before folding them into signatures.
It won’t be perfect but we can fix it a little with some sandpaper.
13. The side of the textblock looks like this because of the way the signatures are put together.
14. The side looks a little more even after a bit of sanding.
15. The top looks much better now.
16. the bottom of the textblock was sanded a little, too.
17. She cannibalized an old math textbook.
18. Here are all of the parts that needed from the old book.
19. Trimming down the cover to the proper size.
20. Need to add the cover pages and add the decorative tabs.
21. The next step is to finish the case binding.
22. For the cover she used some scrap fabric together with Heatnbond and some tissue paper to make book cloth.
23. The book cloth is finished!
24. Here is a close up of the pattern on the fabric.
25. Then trim the book cloth and mark where exactly the casing will sit.
26. The hard casing is finished once the casing is glued into place.
27. Here is a close up on one of the corners.
28. With the hard casing finished the only thing left to do is glue in the textblock.
29. The last step is to glue the textblock into position and let it dry.
30.It’s now officially a book!
31. A view of the top.
32. The inside front cover.
33. The title page.