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Leather Spine on Plastic Coated Binding? Answered

Hi All.

My name is Craig and I've been binding books for a while and come up with a problem today. I hade some pages ring-bound (You know, where they punch the paper with those square holes and hold them together with the plastic ring strip.)

Anyways, there were too many pages, making the binding weak and so I decided to bind them. I've done this before by simply sowing together through all the bindng holes and then creating and attaching a cover like with a standard book. However, this time I was (1) lazy and didn't feel like going through all the effort to make a proper binding cover, (2) there was already a perfectly good front and back cover page which I wanted to keep anyway, and (3) I liked the look of the current binding (it has a clear plastic sheet ove the back page and front page) and want to keep the same look.

Okay, now my problem is that when sowing together the pages I kept the plastic sheets over the front and back pages to maintain that gloss look. (It's those plastic A4 sheets that they normally place on the front page when plastic-ring binding - though I had one placed over the back too.)

The pages are bound perfectly fine and sturdy but the sowing looks unsightly. I cut a piece of leather to place over the spine and overlapping onto the front and back page edges by about 1cm. The leather is very thin and has thin fabric-like mesh on the back lining it. I have no idea what to do to hold them together.

At the moment I scrapped the plastic a bit with a needle to create a slightly rough surface to try help with the glue and am holding the bond down with a heavy weight. Though I highly doubt this will hold even if I let it dry.

If this doesn't work I thought of maybe trying to use a hot glue gun and putting glue on the leather and then trying the same weight method again. I'm a little weary of using hot glue though as I don't want to ruin the pages as they were expensive to print and took so much time to print and bind.

Does anyone have any ideas what I could try?

P.S. Apologies that there are no pictures to show what I'm working with.

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CraigR46

2 years ago

As promised here are some pictures of the finished binding! I didn't need to try any alternative method other than the one I tried when posting the question. The binding seems strong and durable but does seem like it could be easily peeled of with a strong enough pull. Only time will tell I guess. Anyway, attached are three images. One of the binding front. One of the open book and on of a binding edge.

For anyone interested, the bound book is a print out of the Dark Heresy pdf. (It's available from fantasyflightgames and rpgnow.

https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/dar... or

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/65872/Dark-Heresy-Co...

I went for the pdf version because it works out much cheaper than the hard cover - even with having to print it).

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mole1

Best Answer 2 years ago

It may not apply here, but something to keep around for sticking weird stuff together is Unique Stitch. It's for gluing fabrics together and is available at fabric stores. It's flexible, waterproof, and stable in room temperature heat and in sun. I'm not sure about anything over 120 degrees F. You might give it a try.

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CraigR46

2 years ago

Thanks for all the comments. I ended up just using a fabric glue and pressing for a little over 2 three days (flipping over about half way through as the glue on the bottom was still white and had not gone transparent. It seems to be a strong and durable bond. I'll post a pick and maybe an instructable sometime. (The fabric glue as far as I know is for sticking those little plastic beads onto fabric.)

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Downunder35m

2 years ago

For leather the only thing that is durable is stitching it.
Glue won'tlast forever and usually fails in the most used parts.
A neat way of doing this is by creating a backing piece for the binder that overlaps a bit.
Make small leather stripes that fit through the binder holes and stich them to the backing.
Best stitch for this is the invisble one as used on soccer balls.

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rickharris

2 years ago

Possibly you may bond the leather and plastic together with a contact cement but I would think that to get a robust joint you may well need to sew through the leather and the binding holes as you have done before.

I had a binding system where you put a U shaped plastic channel into the machine and placed your pages in the channel. This had a strip of hot melt glue down the inside of the channel so when the machine heated it up the glue bonded the pages and the channel together

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