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Last year, the Book Arts Press went on a quest for book snakes, and --
eventually, concluding that there was nothing on the market we could
tolerate -- designed and made its own. We tested a number of different
styles, and finally settled on book snakes made of cloth-covered ball chain.

Ball chain is the metal string that you hang from the overhead light
fixture in rooms where there is no wall switch,  or that you fasten your
lucky rabbit's foot to your belt with: it looks sort of like this

         o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-

and it comes in a variety of sizes and metals. We settled on 1/4"
nickel-plated brass faceted ball chain, which we purchase  (as "#13 nickel
plated brass square") from

         Ball Chain Manufacturing Co., Inc.
         741 South Fulton Avnue
         Mt Vernon, NY 10550-5085
         Telephone 914/664-7500
         Fax 914/664-7460
         http://www.ballchain.com

at a cost of about 45 cents/foot (in 250-foot reels; the unit price may be
different for smaller/larger amounts). You will probably not need
connectors, though you may want them to supply a handful so you can play
with them.

We run up 18" cloth tubes on whatever washable cotton cloth is handy, about
2" wide finished, with an additional seam sewn lengthwise down the middle,
creating two separate channels. We then insert two 18" rows of ball chain
(measured stretched tight) into each of the two channels, four rows per
book snake, like this:

        ________________________________________________
       | o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-|
       | o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-|
       |
----------------------------------------------------------------------|
       | o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-|
       | o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-|
        ________________________________________________|

and sew up the ends. The channels are loose enough after the ball chain has
been inserted into them that the double row of ball-chain scrunches up a
bit, providing a flexible snake.

Each snake has (4 x 18" = ) 6' = about $3 worth of ball chain in it. We
have our cloth covers machine-sewn for us by Patricia Otto (snake-maker to
the stars), but they could be hand-stitched fast enough.

You can make quite decent book snakes from the ball chain and connectors
alone, without the cloth covering; but the advantage of the cloth-covered
ones, our beta-testers decided, is that they're less likely to get tangled
in the leaves of the book you're using them with, and they can be washed.




At 08:30 PM 9/25/00 -0400, Mark Handel wrote:
>I'm looking to buy a "book snake" (I think that's the term for it) --
>it's basically a thin, heavy cord (lead?), no more than 1/8" in diameter
>covered in a white cotton. Used to hold pages down on a book. I've tried
>looking on the web, but everything I have found are fairly large things,
>frequently with a snake motif, including the tongue. Any suggestions
>about where I could find such a beast?
>
>thanks!
>
>MJH
>--
>Mark  -- University of Michigan / Lucent Technologies
>Handel-- Current Location: Ann Arbor, MI
>       -- handel@umich.edu - http://www-personal.si.umich.edu/~handel
>       -- +1 734.516.6907 (Cellular)
>
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Terry Belanger  :  University Professor  :   University of Virginia
Book Arts Press : 114 Alderman Library : Charlottesville, VA  22903
Tel: 804/924-8851   FAX: 804/924-8824  email: belanger@virginia.edu
               URL: http://www.virginia.edu/oldbooks/

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<font size=3>Last year, the Book Arts Press went on a quest for book
snakes, and -- eventually, concluding that there was nothing on the
market we could tolerate -- designed and made its own. We tested a number
of different styles, and finally settled on book snakes made of
cloth-covered ball chain.<br>
<br>
<i>Ball chain</i> is the metal string that you hang from the overhead
light fixture in rooms where there is no wall switch,&nbsp; or that you
fasten your lucky rabbit's foot to your belt with: it looks sort of like
this<br>
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<br>
and it comes in a variety of sizes and metals. We settled on 1/4&quot;
nickel-plated brass faceted ball chain, which we purchase&nbsp; (as
&quot;#13 nickel plated brass square&quot;) from<br>
<br>
<x-tab>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</x-tab>Ball Chain
Manufacturing Co., Inc.<br>
<x-tab>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</x-tab>741 South
Fulton Avnue<br>
<x-tab>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</x-tab>Mt Vernon,
NY 10550-5085<br>
<x-tab>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</x-tab>Telephone
914/664-7500<br>
<x-tab>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</x-tab>Fax
914/664-7460<br>
<x-tab>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</x-tab><a href="http://www.ballchain.com/" eudora="autourl">http://www.ballchain.com</a><br>
<br>
at a cost of about 45 cents/foot (in 250-foot reels; the unit price may
be different for smaller/larger amounts). You will probably not need
connectors, though you may want them to supply a handful so you can play
with them.<br>
<br>
We run up 18&quot; cloth tubes on whatever washable cotton cloth is
handy, about 2&quot; wide finished, with an additional seam sewn
lengthwise down the middle, creating two separate channels. We then
insert two 18&quot; rows of ball chain (measured stretched tight) into
each of the two channels, four rows per book snake, like this:<br>
<br>
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
________________________________________________<br>
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; |
o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-|<br>
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
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<br>
and sew up the ends. The channels are loose enough after the ball chain
has been inserted into them that the double row of ball-chain scrunches
up a bit, providing a flexible snake. <br>
<br>
Each snake has (4 x 18&quot; = ) 6' = about $3 worth of ball chain in it.
We have our cloth covers machine-sewn for us by Patricia Otto
(snake-maker to the stars), but they could be hand-stitched fast
enough.<br>
<br>
You can make quite decent book snakes from the ball chain and connectors
alone, without the cloth covering; but the advantage of the cloth-covered
ones, our beta-testers decided, is that they're less likely to get
tangled in the leaves of the book you're using them with, and they can be
washed.<br>
<br>
<br>
<br>
<br>
At 08:30 PM 9/25/00 -0400, Mark Handel wrote:<br>
<blockquote type=cite cite>I'm looking to buy a &quot;book snake&quot; (I
think that's the term for it) --<br>
it's basically a thin, heavy cord (lead?), no more than 1/8&quot; in
diameter<br>
covered in a white cotton. Used to hold pages down on a book. I've
tried<br>
looking on the web, but everything I have found are fairly large
things,<br>
frequently with a snake motif, including the tongue. Any
suggestions<br>
about where I could find such a beast?<br>
<br>
thanks!<br>
<br>
MJH<br>
--<br>
Mark&nbsp; -- University of Michigan / Lucent Technologies<br>
Handel-- Current Location: Ann Arbor, MI<br>
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -- handel@umich.edu -
<a href="http://www-personal.si.umich.edu/~handel" eudora="autourl">http://www-personal.si.umich.edu/~handel</a><br>
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -- +1 734.516.6907 (Cellular)<br>
<br>
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<div>Terry Belanger&nbsp; :&nbsp; University Professor&nbsp;
:&nbsp;&nbsp; University of Virginia</div>
<div>Book Arts Press : 114 Alderman Library : Charlottesville, VA&nbsp;
22903</div>
<div>Tel: 804/924-8851&nbsp;&nbsp; FAX: 804/924-8824&nbsp; email:
belanger@virginia.edu</div>
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