The Lady Daughter 1, came to me two weeks ago and said,
“Mom, I need a new Bible. The cover is coming off.”
I said, “Sorry honey, we can’t buy a new Bible right now.”
So off to the internet to find a solution and I found a great one at Book Arts Web. WooHoo! I also got some helpful tips from friends.
The problem: Book Arts Web calls this the hinge. The hinge of this books is ripped all the way from the head to the tail.
Supplies listed at the Book Arts Web: polyvinyl acetate adhesive (PVA) in a tall thin container (check, sort of, I used Elmer’s Glue in a short bottle), knitting needles (check), waxed paper (check), and a bone folder (sorry, don’t have one). A book press (check, sort of, you’ll see below).
Apply glue all the way done the spine. I used a wooden skewer to spread the glue all over the spine.
Once that is done, you should fold the wax paper and place it between the cover and the first page of the book on both sides. I forgot to do this at first. Once the wax paper is in place, press the fold of the endpaper into the hinge.
Take the bone folder and run it along the edge. I don’t have a bone folder so I used the edge of the knitting needle. It worked just fine.
Now you are ready to press the book. Place the knitting needles in the grooves of the book. Since I don’t have a book press, I used our encyclopedias.
For added weight, which I probably didn’t need, I placed a brass nut & bolt on the top. It was after I took this picture that I realized I forgot the wax paper. I took it all down and placed the wax paper in. I let it sit like this for a week, because I forgot about it.
The finished product looks really good. The hinge is repaired.
It has a nice groove on both sides for easy opening.
I don’t have to buy another Bible for my daughter. It cost me next to nothing to do this repair myself. I’m happy with it. I’m sure I’ll be repairing it again, because Lady Daughter 1 isn’t too kind to her books. I’m happy with that too. It is a sign she actually reads her Bible. 🙂