Unconventional Book Structures
Intermediate | 51 min 38 sec
For the adventurous book artist interested in exploring the book form, look no further than e bond’s innovative and exciting class. Because each of these bindings work with single sheets of paper - as opposed to folded stacks - these structures are surprisingly simple to create. In this class you'll learn three different bindings, beginning with the palm leaf structure, one of the earliest forms of books. Then move on to two forms of the dragon scale binding, which can be scaled-up to sculptural proportions. Finally, practice the blizzard book, designed by Hedi Kyle, and learn how it can be adapted for a variety of ephemera. 
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Bone folder
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Long ruler
  • Right angle (optional)
  • Cutting mat
  • X-acto knife or scalpel
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Palm Leaf Book:
  • At least 10 sheets cardstock weight paper 2" tall x 8 " wide
  • Book board or light cardboard the size of your content papers
  • Utility knife for cutting board
  • Two pieces lightweight decorative paper 3 1/2" tall x 9 1/2" wide
  • Two pieces 1 7/8" x 7 7/8" lightweight decorative paper
  • Two buttons
  • Japanese screw punch or dremel
  • Twine or hemp at least 24" long
  • Dragon Scale Book:
  • At least 7 sheets of differently patterned decorative papers 4" tall x 13" wide at the widest and 10" wide at the smallest
  • Strips of book board 4" x approximately 1/2"
  • Embroidery needle
  • Binding thread
  • Glue stick or double-sided tape
  • Binder clip
  • 1/2" metal jig (optional)
  • Japanese screw punch or awl and hammer 
  • Blizzard Book:
  • Strong but flexible piece of decorative paper at least 13" tall by 29"
  • Eight 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" pieces of cardstock 
  • 8 1/2" x 14" kraft paper or tyvek
  • four to eight sheets 5 x 5" square card stock or other 5" tall similar weight paper
Learn how to:
  • Use a bone folder with paper 
  • Use a screw punch
  • Cover boards
  • Fold a blizzard spine
  • String together pages

What you'll get
  • Instruction on how to make three different book bindings: the blizzard book, the palm leaf structure, and a dragon scale binding
  • 6 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from e bond
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
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Inês Rato
January 24
Yumna Faizal
always in love with how paper can be used to make different forms.....
January 11, 2023
Loved this class and the new-to-me book forms e bond taught us. Great instructor, clear instructions and interesting bindings.
December 27, 2022