I took apart my ARC copy of Stardust in preparation to binding it in a blue leather. It gave me a bit of problem as I am attempting to bind the covers into the book as part of it and they are peskily slippery. I’m also adding an illustration from Bpal’s website simply because I love it to death. Next up will be tipping in the end papers. These will be in two pieces as the paper I want is just barely not wide enough. For that, I want a paper printed with a brick wall. (If you need an explanation of why I want that particular end paper, you need to read the book. Go and do so now.) I may actually get that done tonight… and then I’ll be up to gilding the pages. Eek!
With practice my edge gilding is getting better- I have discovered that the best cutting edge in the house for gilt is one of my good knives. Kids know this kind of thing instinctively- the ‘good silver’ serving spoon is always the very best sand shovel. I’m using the bamboo brush from the book repair kit that strangemodegirl generously sent me as a gilder’s tip… I should dig in there and see if there is something that might work as a cutting edge too!
I hope that, if I ever get Neil Gaiman to sign this, he doesn’t mind that it was an early attempt. I know I will be better with practice.
Around the rest of it, I am planning to title A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and finish casing, title and decorate Stardust. I think I have the alternative gilding worked out- it works on the white kid leather but not too well on the blue sheepskin. I expect I need to prep the sheepskin in some way that I didn’t have to for the kid- and I have to figure out what that way is. Maybe glair? It’s used in tanning as well as gilding so it seems the obvious choice
I still have the back and the spine to do… but I wanted to show the front cover! The new technique works better than I had hoped….
I’ll have to wait until tomorrow for the spine and the back- this takes awhile! Also? Sheepskin is very stretchy.