Before and after: spine label fix.

before and after

I have a full artist’s studio with so many materials stuffed in, I’ll never be able to move, but it comes in handy for trying out stuff. I wanted to clean up this label without making it too new. I cleaned the label with alcohol to remove grease and oils and then I used acrylic gold paint, but not too heavy a coat, just stroking with a soft brush into areas that had the most losses.


Bookbinding with newsprint?

We were taking off  the worn spine from an old book last week and found newsprint and an electronic strip. An interesting time capsule. No one had ever seen newsprint-looks like an industry rag-used in this way. Have you?

hidden spine reinforcement

Lining the spine

torn endsheets

I was working on this new book. Had someone thrown it across the room in a Keith Richards moment of wild abandon ?

At the same time I (randomly) opened Conservation Book Repair to page 81 and found the information about spine liner malfunction. As she points out if you’re going to go through all the trouble to rebuild the book, you might as well give the spine a little help in distributing the weight more evenly so you don’t end up with the dreaded V-shape.

You can download Conservation Book Repair from  It’s free! I have a copy at home and one at the library.

Until the glue is dry the spine liner feels cool to the touch.

spine liner malfunction, p. 81

Things fall apart

I don’t know why it’s taken so long to deconstruct a children’s book. This is a discarded book with missing pages, so I took it apart. If it were a book I was fixing I think I could glue the endsheet back without cleaning up the page and board further because the coated paper is pretty thick.

The big thing for me is seeing the hot glue strip: it’s wimpy (easy to strip off) and not attached to anything (was it ever?)