Bookbinding the Necronomicon – part 4

My next step after having cut the leather to size is to wrap the sheep skin hide/leather around the sides of the back cover and glue them down.  As you can see I cut the corners of the leather so it can wrap around easily and then it makes it easier on me when I recut it at a 45 degree angle.  That way when they wrap around (ideally) they will then meet up seamlessly:

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Mine took some doing, but luckily the leather stretches so you can noodle it as needed until it works its way into place:

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All in all it turned out really well.  As you can see, if I didn’t have the extra leather added on top of this on the spine, you would see the glued on cloth underneath.

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The next step is to glue the leather to the spine.  First we glue the leather to itself since it can’t fold around with the pages in the way.  A different method would allow that, but not this one.  With this method, you glue the leather at the spine to itself and then glue all of that to the spine:

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Ready to attach glue-covered leather to spine:

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When you wrap it around you then work the leather into all the crevices.  This is a very soft leather, so my job here was easy.  Next, as you can see, I began to cut the claws at the spine through the leather.  I didn’t have to be worried about being neat here since it will then be covered by the secondary black leather after:

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Next step – claws, sigils, and more details!

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