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Making book "fasteners"Making book "fasteners"

kyoshinheikyoshinhei1 ano atrásTutorial
Honestly I have no idea how I should call them so they're "fasteners" until someone finds me a better name :-p
Basically, this time I'm trying to come up with something that would hold my books shut.

"Hey wait, this don't have nothin' to do with figures now, do it?"

Well in my case, it does to some extent.

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If you're like me, you have a nice book collection and a nice figure collection which you like to display together.
Also if you're like me, you like to show some of the books facing forward so that you and your visitors can enjoy the illustrations.
And if you're like me, you often come up with questionable stacking strategies in order to optimize shelf space.
Add this to the fact that a softcover book that has been read has a tendency to "yawn" a bit and you have a perfect cocktail for disaster.

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And disasters DO happen... The bright side is that I've now become quite proficient at fixing figures but still, I wouldn't mind a bit more safety. ^^;
I've figured that if the books were to stay correctly shut, then they would be far more stable. To achieve that, I'm looking for a solution that is inconspicuous, non-permanent, non-damaging and if possible non-expensive.

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After considering many options like strings, clips, acrylic stands, etc. I've finally settled on Rhodoid. I don't know if it has another name in English but basically it's a kind of plastic (celluloid) sheet or band that is used to prepare some types of cakes. It's strong, fire resistant, anti-adhesive and transparent.
The plan is to make some sort of "belts" that'll keep the books closed.
I start by cutting a piece of band to the desired length and since it's a bit wide, I split it into three thinner bands, each of which will be used for a different book.

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Each book has its own size and thickness so with the help of my assistant I circle each band around its book and individually mark the place up to which the ends must overlap.

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Now here comes the tricky part as I need to attach the ends of a band together to form the loop.
Remember before when I said that this thing is anti-adhesive? Well it bloody IS!
I've tried everything I have: cyanoacrylate, epoxy, neoprene, hobby glue, hot glue, sellotape, double-sided tape, absolutely nothing sticks to it.
I've tried melting it with a soldering iron to weld it, melting it chemically with acetone, nothing works.
Stapling works to an extent but if I start manipulating it, it soon tears from the puncture points.

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After scratching my head for some time I finally found a solution: eyelets.
Eyelets would work similarly to staples but with the difference that they use nice round holes that shouldn't tear.
So I got myself a pair of eyelet pliers.

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These pliers also have a punching function to prepare the holes but they end up a bit messy (this is a cheap tool). If I want to avoid tearing, I need these holes to be as clean as possible. To achieve this, I put the Rhodoid in a sandwich between two sheets of cardboard while I punch a hole.
I pierce both ends of the band simultaneously, aligning them with the help of the mark I drew earlier.

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Next up is setting the eyelet in place...

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...and pressing it shut with the tool.

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I now have a nice clear fastener, tailor-made for the book.
All that's left to do is to slide it in place.

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And there we are. Quite stable now, isn't it?

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I've done this for every first book of a front-facing group and nothing looks like it's going to topple over anymore.
The fasteners are hardly noticeable unless you're looking for them and as an added bonus, my bookcases look far tidier now that there no longer is any half-open book.

So, that was it for my book fasteners.
If you've had to deal with something similar and though of another technique, I'd love to hear about it.
Also if you can think of a more appropriate name, I'll take it too. ^^
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jumpluff (8 meses atrás) #31074751View spoilerHide spoilerOh, this is wonderful and I didn't think I'd come across this on MFC. I tend to read my covers open a bit too much... I love your tutorials and this is no exception. Thank you!
(Very cute use of Ika Musume too!)

Thanks a bundle for your interest!
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jumpluff Pegasus Knight
Oh, this is wonderful and I didn't think I'd come across this on MFC. I tend to read my covers open a bit too much... I love your tutorials and this is no exception. Thank you!

(Very cute use of Ika Musume too!)
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Syr (1 ano atrás) #27520495Great little tutorial! I think I might try displaying my manga this way now. I also really like how well-lit your pictures are.
Thanks,
For lighting I use these: www.amazon.com/...
I should really take time to learn how to properly orient light.
For now I just douse the scene with everything I have and hope for the best ^^;
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Great little tutorial! I think I might try displaying my manga this way now. I also really like how well-lit your pictures are.
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Rajke (1 ano atrás) #27451431This is really a good idea. i'd never thought about a way to display the manga's besides figures because they fall over easily. I like the way you interacted with Ika Musume. It does me think about painting the panzer IV with the crew.
I hope this poor figure is ok?
View spoilerHide spoilerhttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/kyoshinhei1508384730.jpeg
Picture made by kyoshinhei.
This could be an early Halloween story.

No figure was harmed in the making of this blog post.
But... this fiction is based on historical facts and poor Figma Hibiki has had her horns/antennas re-glued more than once. ^^;
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Rajke Ca fanatic
This is really a good idea. i'd never thought about a way to display the manga's besides figures because they fall over easily. I like the way you interacted with Ika Musume. It does me think about painting the panzer IV with the crew.
I hope this poor figure is ok?
View spoilerHide spoilerhttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/kyoshinhei1508384730.jpeg
Picture made by kyoshinhei.
This could be an early Halloween story.
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Aimaileafy (1 ano atrás) #27429668As a person who also displays books and mangas... I am totally in love ;w; I have to do it too!! Thanks for the neat idea... and the great Set-Up! It looks so cute how your little figure-helper are supporting you ♥!
And I envy your Magus Bride collection... because of the beautiful covers they are also on display in my room, but I still need to find the fitting figure for a decent price haha xD In general your set up looks awesome! So clean and yet so colorfull, I love it!

IKR, I really like Magus Bride's art. It is one of the only two franchises (the other being Black★Rock Shooter) where I fell in love with the figure first and it prompted me to check the manga/anime because of that. It usually happens the other way around. ^^

And in general I really like bright colors. In fact I've changed every single light in my home to "daylight" bulbs for the sole purpose of bringing out the colors of the figures and manga covers. Traditional "warm" bulbs tend to color everything yellow.
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As a person who also displays books and mangas... I am totally in love ;w; I have to do it too!! Thanks for the neat idea... and the great Set-Up! It looks so cute how your little figure-helper are supporting you ♥!

And I envy your Magus Bride collection... because of the beautiful covers they are also on display in my room, but I still need to find the fitting figure for a decent price haha xD In general your set up looks awesome! So clean and yet so colorfull, I love it!
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Cluttercrash (1 ano atrás) #27412952Really informative post~ I love the presentation! Using Squiddie was an adorable idea and helped get the info across really well
Thanks.
Figma Ika Musume's accessories are great for this sort of staging ^^
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This kind of display really makes me re-think adding manga to my collection, loved it.
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