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Re: [BKARTS] query lifting spines

I too learned this technique of facing the leather with Japanese tissue using paste, but also learned VERY quickly that it only works on leather that is in VERY good condition. Absolutely NO hint of red rot or one ends up with the bits of now black "burnt" leather adhered to the tissue. Alternatives are doing it without facing if very condition, using heatset tissue and activating with ethanol (no water), or using Klucel (Cellugel) as an adhesive. The key here is no moisture. Lifting leather spines is an art and even more so when the leather is deteriorated, very often the case with 19th century books, especially things like Bibles. Practice LOTS.

Ethanol is used as a solvent to release the tissue.


Peter D. Verheyen
Bookbinder & Conservator, PA - AIC
The Book Arts Web & Book_Arts-L Listserv

----- Original Message ----- From: "Richard Minsky" <minsky@xxxxxxxxxx>

First she adhered Japanese paper to the spine with flour paste. Then sliced the spine off the book with a thin blade. Once off, she used the power tool to remove the flesh from the back of the leather, making it thin like an onlay. The paper held it together, like it does when paring onlays.

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