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Red Shadow
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Hi Guys,

I want to make my own colouring book. Using pictures I have drawn or found as public domain images on the web Smile

My question is, what is the best way to go about making it? I also want it to be a 3-way if possible.

Its the binding that is most likely the hardest part. A friend suggest ring-binding, as that's more accessible to us. But is there an easier, better way? And are there any tips that you can provide in the construction that can save me any time?

Steve
ColinDymond
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I made a small A5 size one and I just clued the ends of the pages together.
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Have you contacted Walt Anthony of Spellbinder Entertainment? I've bought some plans from him before, and one of them includes his version of the magic coloring book than can be given to a child to take home once it's done. I haven't built the routine as of yet, but I have built the OOPS Machine and that has become a staple in my children's shows. The coloring book will probably be added in the near future!

You can find Walt here: http://www.spellbinderentertainment.com/
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I used three staples and put a binding of gaffer tape over the cover. Then glued a front cover to hid the tape. Works well.

Steve, what paper are you using? I've tried several brands but they are all too glimsy. OK to go through the printer, but too thin to flick through quickly.
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I made one once that didn't work too well. I think it was the flimsy paper. You could try the 160g/m
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If you buy a heavy-duty long-armed stapler, you should be able to staple the pages easily and quickly. Try different thicknesses until you find the ideal weight, then let us know!
Potty Smile
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If they've got the right weight paper stock, this seems like a job for a POD (Print on Demand) company like Lulu.com (Full disclosure: I worked for them in the past, so I'm not entirely unbiased). You'll have to do some adjustments yourself after the printing, but I think it can be done. If you can make a list of things you're looking for in your coloring book it would be easy to work out if they can deliver.
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Actually, it's the "other" Spellbinder here in the Café.
There's me (Walt) of Spellbinder Entertainmnet,
then the Spellbinder that has plans for sale on his site.
Just do a search for him in the box above.

Thanks, Walt
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OK found the "other" for you...

Professor Spellbinder
Professor Emeritus at the Turkey Buzzard Academy of Magik, Witchcraft and Wizardry
http://www.magicnook.com
Publisher of The Wizards' Journals
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I have made many in the past and the best paper I found was 220 grm. I then bound it with a slide on binder. Another way is to put all the pages together. buldog clip them tight and then run a line of copydex along the edge. Let it dry and it will bind all the pages. now just add some gaffer tape over this and the jobs a goodun.
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Red Shadow
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Thanks for all these tips. I had never even considered paper thickness until this thread. Its been very helpful.

Steve
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Steve,

nor had I until I printed out one in September and there was no way it would work. Tesco's paper is not thick enough.

I'll try to get some 220gm paper tomorrow. Thanks, Jimmy
Have wand will travel! Performing children's magic in the UK for Winter 2014 and Spring 2015.
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