Book Staining – Anstey Book Binding Canada

What is Book Staining? It’s simply the application of stain or paint to the trimmed edges of bound books. We apply the paint using sponges, brushes or spray, depending on various factors like the type of stock used. In perfecting the Book Staining process, we overcame several difficulties by doing extensive experimentation and testing. We are experts on knowing what…

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Endpapers

What are endpapers? An endpaper, traditionally, is the white paper inside the front and back covers of all hardback books. I said “traditionally” because today, designers can choose from almost any colour of stock for endpapers, the most common being red, blue, green, etc. Endpapers also used to be only uncoated stock. Now, we’re seeing coated and even shiny endpapers,…

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Tubes & Litho Sheets

Tubes What have Tubes got to do with a bindery like ours? Well, as you will see in the following images, we are the guys who apply/wrap the litho sheets around the tubes and fill the Tubes! Tubes used to be used exclusively to mail wall calendars. Now, manufacturers produce 100,000s of Tubes to hold maps, artwork, socks, kids toys,…

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Chicago Screws

What is a Chicago Screw?  (I readily admit that I’m not the person who comes up with these names).  A Chicago Screw is a hollow “pipe-like” tube that goes through a hole in a cover and paper to hold the paper together. At the top of the “tube” there is a small “slot style” screw head & the bottom of…

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Metal Corners and Book Binding

Metal Corners What do metal corners have to do with binding? Well, see the following pictures. We attach metal corners to ring binders, hard back books, soft covered books, and easel stands. The corners are actually metal. The corners come in literally 100’s of different sizes, shapes and surfaces. Most corners are square; some are rounded. Surfaces can be shiny,…

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Google Box

Google Combination Lock Box What’s special about this box? Let me tell you. One of the UNUSUAL things that I’ll point out is the combination lock. This feature created several challenges for us. First, of the hundreds of units we produced, many were sent internationally. The boxes couldn’t be mailed “locked” because of border inspection! So, if the boxes couldn’t…

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What is Doming?

Doming is a printed pressure sensitive label with domed shaped clear plastic on top. If the label was round the size of a quarter the rounded clear plastic on the top would measure about 1/4” thick at the highest point in the centre. You may see a “domed label” in the middle of the steering wheel in your car or…

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Eyelets

In previous blogs, I’ve described some unusual ways to bind books with buttons (Rollabind), elastic bands and metal bolts. This week’s focus is on a binding style which is a little more common – books bound with metal eyelets! The following pictures show eyelets of different colours, dimensions and thicknesses. Books bound with eyelets are bound permanently; sheets cannot re…

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What is a Boxed Book?

It is not unusual when we are binding hardback/case wrapped books that our customers also ask us to produce a custom made “sleeve” for the book as shown in the first picture. Sometimes a customer ups the bar and asks us to box the book. One of my favourite projects is the Margaret Atwood project, which is good example of a boxed…

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What is Edge Painting?

We paint/stain business cards by the hundreds to tens of thousands! This process is difficult for most companies to do because there can be numerous problems ranging from the paint bleeding across corners or onto the front or back of the cards. There can also be issues with long production time and sky high prices. But we’re not most companies!!!…

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