Bonefolder alternatives and Twitter awesomeness
Every now and then, I just want to give Twitter a hug.
Over the past year, I have come to really love the Twitter bookbinding community. After leaving a full-time office environment for the solitude of my studio, I found camaraderie in my Twitter friends – they became my studio mates. These folks are so generous, so creative, so intelligent – ask them anything and you’ll get a wealth of responses.
Today, while working on handout for a workshop, I asked the Twitter bookbinding community for ideas on bonefolder alternatives. I got so many great suggestions that I just had to share them:
- @gnewfry: you can use the back of a spoon as a bone folder.
- @stormfilled: Toothbrush handle!
- @skynash: lipstick 😛 if its a solid case (love that one)
- @DingbatPress: a fingernail? or maybe for those nail-biters out there, the butt of an xacto blade. Or sometimes I take the pen part out of a bic ball point pen and it works good for scoring.
- @hilkekurzke: The back of a (horn) comb could do for folding, a (horn) hair pin for pinching and maybe for scoring.
- @pinsandpaper: When I taught Elem., we used 6″ plastic rulers since the edges were tapered similar to a bone folder. Only $.25, too.
- @neustudio: No bonefolder: use a pen with the cap on. or the flat edge of a plastic ruler
- @evolvingblue: heh. in my experience a soup spoon isn’t bad, but the edges had better be hella dull.
- @lackriver: hmm i’ve always used the backside of a butterknife
I received all of these responses in around 20 minutes. These folks rock. Seriously.