texon covers

Hi

I am not sure if this material has been mentioned, but texon is a cellulose sheet material used to line shoes. In Europe you can buy covers for atoma notebooks from it. It is claimed to be very durable as well as a green material. It is available from online shoe-repair supply places I think, and may be an option for thos looking for a more durable non-plastic cover.

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Not especially helpful

Other than from Atoma themselves, I can find no sourse of this material unless you want footy-print shaped notebooks.
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not especially polite

Still not very helpful

Wrong side of "The Big Pond"
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chill

ygor - i don't think every forum topic is specifically meant for you... I am not sure if you are trying to be snippy, but it sounds snippy to me.

The texon covers was a nice suggestion - maybe not for you, but possibly for someone else...

No, I am not trying to snip, just clarify

I would agree that Texon cover material is a nice suggestion, but not without more information -- like where to get it.
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Uh, no.

Wrong side of "The Big Pond"

Right side of the pond.

Right for you, wrong for me

My bad. Shoulda said it that way.
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Google says...

Texon is "cellulose board" which provides more results.

Given the number of shoes made in China, I don't see any ponds involved here at all.

On this side of the pond..

Hi.

Over here, it might actually be easier to find Book Board or Davey Board suppliers. These materials are specifically made for being book covers, so they are acid free, etc. These are also made of cellulose--they're brown and inexpensive, made to be covered by something pretty (other paper or bookcloth).

The book board and davey board come in various thicknesses ranging from .010" to .09" or so. A material about .02" is about the thickest that will fit into a rolla/circa punch, but it is possible to thin out the edge just enough to punch it, leaving the remainder of the sheet full thickness.

I really like it, it's firm enough to write on in your lap and versatile. You can cut it with a gullotine or xacto into whatever shape you want.

shris

Worth looking into...

If you Google on "atoma texon", you get this in the first pager of links.
It says, down near the bottom:

Our ATOMA note-, exercise- and address books come in 3 formats and have aluminium (not plastic) rings and strong, 0.8 mm thick Texon covers.

OK, 0.8mm * ( 1 / 25.4 inches-per-millimeter) = 0.0314.... inches

So, some .03" Davey Board might be a good match
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There is a Texon US

I am in the process of "making contact"
I may have the makings of a kit construction materials review
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texon/davey

the question for me is how to achieve a mix of durability and rigidity.

ie, I want a firm base, but then need to work out how to get the rings into a rigid board. Have others worked out how to do this?

The closest I got was to put the rings into a texon OR SIMILAR cover, then fix/glue a rigid board onto the texon as a writing base and make it look better (texon looks like, well the inside of a shoe. I can send some pics of mine)

HOw do the circa leather covers do this? Also, rigid usually equals thick, and the Atoma punch cannot cut through even the thin texon. I have found people who will laser cut a texon profile, has anyone else tried this?

My other idea was to add a bit of style and find some antique books and rip the covers off (heresy I know) or, more likely, find some nice looking covers that had already come off their book and use those.

Oh, and for those living on this side of the OTHER big pond, sheet texon is available from algeos here (oz).

Try Bookbinding

Rather than destroying existing books, use bookbinding techniques to create a cover.
There are several bookbinding threads here. Try the search box on the right.
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book covers

my skills arent that good, but in any case how would i use a hard cover?
ie how do you punch or mount a hard cover ?

Thin it on the edge

Hi.

When the cover material is too thick for the punch, you thin the edge til it fits (I posted about this before) or you attach it to a thin piece of flexible plastic you *can* punch. This is what Lev does with their covers.

So the Lev covers are some sort of rigid paperboard in the middle, with leather sewn around the outside. The flexible plastic strip is also sewn in with the leather and board.

If you get some nice rigid bookboard in a good thickness (Matte board for framing also works well this way, though I think it may be less durable), you can use an xacto knife to trim away the excess thickness within a half inch of one edge. Then you punch the thinned-out edge and away you go.

If you have a strong, durable sewing machine with some nice thick needles for working with leather or canvas, you can use Lev's method of sewing pieces of different thicknesses together. I haven't tried this personally.

shris