And now onto the spine…
First I clamped the book together with some simple hand clamps (a makeshift bookbinding clamp):
While doing this I shaped the pages into as much of a curve as I can get. You want a cord-type of book to have a nice curve to its spine. It gives it a nice old-fashioned look. And since this is a prop of the Necronomicon, we want a nice old book look. Now, my cords were fairly “temperamental” so they were tough to curve at all. It did eventually behave, but it took some doing:
The next step is to cut some thin cotton fabric to wrap around the spine and a couple inches onto the cover. This helps to bind the pages, cords, and cover together as the spine. I used an old dish cloth. It was pretty thin and ended up cracking as the glue dried. Probably could have used a thicker cloth. One good thing about the thin cloth cracking with the glue is that it added more sound to the book as it was opened – a nice and unexpected feature:
In part 3: From simple book to NECRONOMICON!