Wednesday, 27 April 2011

The Tempest, a new commission.

The Tempest, lovely illustrations by Dulac.... what more can I say.
First job is to clean off the old spine linings and adhesive, in this case hot or flexible or animal glue. A stiff cold starch paste is applied to the spine, covered with cling film and allowed to sit for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes the paste has begun to soften the spine linings and re-activate the old glue. It is just a case of gentle scraping with the flat end of a bone folder to remove any material that feels like coming off. Patience...... Then a re-application of paste, wait 10 minutes and repeat and repeat etc.

And repeat.....

.... Untill the spine is clean. The trick is to be gentle, take one's time and not over work the spine. Patience.............

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