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Making the Pieces:
Cut a strip one inch wide from the left hand side of your front cover sheet. Use a small round cutter or a narrow drinking straw to cut out three holes from the strip, evenly spaced along the centre line. I will refer to this strip as the spine. Bake the front cover.
Roll and trim a sheet of clay the same size for the back, but do not cut off a strip - the back is solid, as this gives you support to write on when using the notebook. Use the baked strip from the front cover to mark the exact places for the holes on the back cover, cut the holes and then bake the back cover.
Cut sheets of paper, as many as you wish, to fit your covers. Mark the places for the holes using one of the covers as a template, and cut with a hole punch. The finished front, back and punched pages are shown in Figure 1, above.
Assembling the Pieces:
Since this next part is critical, I have shown it with white sticky-back plastic, but you should use clear as before. Cut the plastic the width and height of your cover, and place it over the inside cover working from the open edge (NOT the spine) inwards. Before the plastic reaches the spine, flip the spine strip so that the front of the spine is against the front of the cover - what fabric workers would call 'right sides together'. Bring the plastic up over the double thickness of clay, and up to the holes in the spine. Trim if necessary. This is shown in picture at the left.
When you open the front cover up flat again, the plastic that was over the double layer is trapped between the spine, but because it is thin and clear plastic, it does not show. This can be seen from the inside cover in the picture at the right.
These books are a good way of using up mixed clay (roll a marbled sheet) or small amounts of left-over canes. Once you have made one, you'll see how quick they are to do, which makes them ideal for selling cheaply at fairs.
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