Printed tutorial: Wire edge binding – Bookbinding out of the box

Printed tutorial: Wire edge binding



Learn how to make the wire edge binding, a bookbinding structure by Daniel Kelm (USA).

Wire edge binding is a sophisticated method for creating and hinging together stiff panel pages, using metal wire and thread. Hinges created this way are smooth, quiet, durable and can be used to construct a wide range of kinetic objects, from codices to accordions to complex platonic shapes.

Daniel Kelm has taught his invention extensively in the last 35+ years, but has never published a manual, until now. Together with Dan, we bring you our usual cocktail of photography plethora and didactic obsession to document two wire edge variations: codex and accordion. Both are fun, straightforward and rewarding projects which provide keys to more complex configurations.

  • Level: medium-advanced (but suitable for beginners too)

  • Two projects in one

  • Abundant full colour photographs

  • Instructions in two languages: English and French
  • This project doesn't absolutely require the use of heavy equipment, but a board chopper is helpful.

  • This project makes use of thermoplastic film. At the time we shot the tutorial we used Fusion 4000, which is now discontinued. The following alternatives are possible : Pellon 725 Heavy Duty Wonder-Under / D&K Buffermount / Bondaweb

  • This project makes use of a few unusual materials. To save you time in sourcing them we have put together a material pack, with which you'll be able to start right away. This material pack is offered at a discounted rate if bought together with the tutorial. Select Wire edge binding tutorial + materials from the dropdown menu. 

  • Useful tools and materials for this project available from us: paper drill bitsquaresmall rulerbig rulermetal polish

Watch Ben and Dan talk about the wire edge binding tutorial during the launch on 25th March 2023

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