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Bookbinding For Amateurs

The Various Tools and Appliances Required and Instructions for Their Effective Use by W.J.E. Crane 1888

Marbling Edges or Paper Part 7

 

Having arranged all these, you now commence operations by first skimming your size (which must consist of gum tragacanth alone), then well cover the whole surface with red, which you must throw on plentifully with a brush; you then lift carefully your first frame, consisting of the three colors, giving it a slight rotary motion, so as to stir the colors, which soon settle, but still not so violently. as to upset them.

Let one drop from each touch the surface of the size upon the red, already thrown on, then quickly take the one with the white and drop that just in the centre of the spots you have already placed on the trough. You next take a rounded piece of tapering wood (a brush handle is as good a thing as any), and pass it up and down through the colors as they are now disposed on your trough, from front to back, at regular distances, till you have gone all over the whole extent of the trough. Then pass your comb through it, from left to right, and lay on your paper.

As soon as you have hung it up, pour over it, from a jug with a spout, about a pint of clear water, to wash off all the superfluous loose color and gum, and make it look clean and. bright, which it will not do without this washing, as the body of color is so much greater than in other patterns. When dry, it will require sizing before it can be glazed.

When curls are required, you must have a third frame, with as many pegs as you require curls in the sheet of paper.

The marbled or sprinkled book has next to have its edges "burnished." This is effected by screwing up each end of the book alternately in the laying-press between backing-boards, and rubbing the burnisher forcibly up and down it. Then the fore edge is done. For this the back need not be knocked up flat, but the fore edge is left curved. Some binders leave the burnishing until after the books are finished, but we regard the present as the best time. The book can afterwards be "capped," or have its edges enveloped in paper if considered desirable or prudent to protect them.

We have now gone through the processes for producing the different denominations of marbles for edges or paper very exhaustively, and in such detail that no one can mistake the stage of any process.

 
 
 

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