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  • Leather Binding a Paperback: a New and Improved Guide

    I've been busy making more, getting ready for a craft fair next month where I'll have some for sale. I've mostly stuck to your method but have made the covers a bit taller and wider to allow a little more breathing room (plus I think that ironing them tends to shrink them up just a bit). You can see some of them here if you're still curious: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10156428674761223&type=1&l=a91ab8859f

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  • Leather Binding a Paperback: a New and Improved Guide

    Yeah, I use a Silhouette machine for cutting the vinyl (my wife has had one for a few years, and with this project I just used it for the first time). The vinyl is iron-on but it has a metallic looking finish (I got it here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A81O3F8). I didn't really do anything differently on the second one with regard to ironing it on. I wouldn't say that it is attached any cleaner, though I can see how it looks like that in the picture. The reason for that is that the vinyl on the second book is far less textured, which I've found is better. I want to make a few more of these (I might try selling some at a craft fair where my wife has a booth), and I'm going to be looking specifically for leather with less texture. The vinyl adheres easier, and the texture on the...

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    Yeah, I use a Silhouette machine for cutting the vinyl (my wife has had one for a few years, and with this project I just used it for the first time). The vinyl is iron-on but it has a metallic looking finish (I got it here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A81O3F8). I didn't really do anything differently on the second one with regard to ironing it on. I wouldn't say that it is attached any cleaner, though I can see how it looks like that in the picture. The reason for that is that the vinyl on the second book is far less textured, which I've found is better. I want to make a few more of these (I might try selling some at a craft fair where my wife has a booth), and I'm going to be looking specifically for leather with less texture. The vinyl adheres easier, and the texture on the leather ends up getting flattened out a bit by the iron anyway.I might share some more if I make more that I like.

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  • Leather Binding a Paperback: a New and Improved Guide

    Thanks! I might have to go back and see if I can repair it, since the first and last pages are kind of coming detached. But I'll make sure and shore that up on future books.And here's my second attempt (I promise I'll stop after this, but I'm kind of excited to share). I would have liked a little darker leather, but I still think it came out nice. Thanks again for the tips.

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  • Leather Binding a Paperback: a New and Improved Guide

    I did this on a one-volume version of The Chronicles of Narnia. I used metallic heat transfer vinyl for the exterior graphics, cutting them on a Silhouette machine. I'm mostly pleased with it for a first effort, though I have learned some things I will do better next time (especially with how the iron affected the leather). Thanks for the great instructions!

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