How to cover books in contact without bubbles
There's a science to covering books in contact without a) getting them stuck to the cat b) creating more bubbles than are downed on New Year's Eve and c) without losing the will to live. Fortunately, boffins have worked out that the key to book-covering success involves a simple, unsung tool: the humble ruler. Here's how ...
You will need:
- roll or sheets of sticky contact paper
Now to start sticking
Lay the book open on the contact then cut around it leaving a 4cm border on each side.
Peel and fold back 4cm of the contact protective sheet, then lay the back of the book onto the contact leaving 2cm of the sticky bit overhanging. You’ll now have 2cm of the sticky bit covered by the book and 2cm still free and sticky.
This is the sleight of hand bit. Use a ruler to smooth the 2cm that’s stuck to the book, then grab the flap of contact protective sheet that you folded back and slowly pull away, smoothing with the ruler as you go. Use a swift, backwards and forwards motion with the ruler to rid the contact from as many bubbles as possible.
Turn over and do the same pull-and-smooth trick with the front of the book.
Cut the contact diagonally at each book corner and discard, snip it top and bottom where the contact meets the book spine and fold all the edges in neatly. No bubbles, no trouble!
Any rogue bubbles that avoid your frantic ruler smoothing can be banished with the aid of a pin. Simply prick, smooth and admire the glossy, bubble-free finish of your pile of books and praise be that's it for another year!
This article was written by Penny Flanagan for Kidspot, New Zealand's leading parenting resource.
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