Bookbinding Bone Folder Substitutes | Sea Lemon

Bookbinding Bone Folder Substitutes | Sea Lemon


A bone folder is a dull edged hand tool commonly
made out of real bone or teflon. For bookbinding, it helps a lot with smoothing out material
onto glue, making folded edges flat and creasing. Some of you have left comments on my other
videos, asking what can you use instead of an actual bone folder. I recommend you purchase a bone folder, but
here are some substitutes to get you by, which you may already having laying around. You can use a ruler, the other side of your x-acto blade, scissor handles, a piece of board, a wall scraper or putty knife, a bottle cap, a bottle of nail polish, the opposite side of a comb, a spoon, the dull side of a butter knife, or a cup. You can use almost anything with a flat hard
surface that won’t mark or scratch your project. I hope you found this helpful. And if you
have any suggestions on other bone folder substitutes, please share them in the comments
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100 thoughts on “Bookbinding Bone Folder Substitutes | Sea Lemon

  1. my bone folder is made out of box-bush wood. really smooth and light weigth. also it was the cheapest in my local art store. only cost me around 1,50€.

  2. I've been using a plastic ruler and it works out perfectly. I use a different one to make markings with, so that I don't leave a pencil mark along the edge of my paper.

  3. I use an old card from my wallet… depleted gift cards, expired AAA membership cards, or last year health insurance card all work really well.

  4. i always use the backs of my finger nails to make a hard crease, which i learned by doing a crack ton of origami. but when you're folding harder paper, like watercolor paper, your fingers start to hurt after a while. 
     i found a mechanical pencil with the pocket snare missing worked pretty well. but i also happened to have a bunch of bulldog clips to hold the paper and the curved part worked even better and was easier on the hand muscles to use repeatedly. 

  5. But, what are the substitutes of the book press? I really don't know and I need it to do your 'Text block'.

  6. What i did is i used a popsickle stick and cut a V shaped point at one end and squared the other end so it looks like this: |===> which is similar to a bone folder! I also applied some wood varnish so that it becomes smoother and the wood doesn't stain. Thank you for the video!

  7. I do a lot of origami so I use the nail on my thumb to make the crease. It's hard and it might hurt in the beginning but I made a habit of it and it's really convenient.

  8. If u are careful enough you could glue gun 3 large Popsicle sticks (the one doctors use when you say Ahhhhh) and then sand paper them down to a smooth finish, that's how my friend made hers and it looks almost exactly like a bone press thing

  9. Like her videos, and she speaks well…that said the music they always play while she speaks is HORRIBLE and not needed.

  10. i usually use a wooden medical spatula. i made a sharp edge on one side with a utility knife so it is almost similar to a bone folder. btw, spatulas are really cheap
    (also sorry for my english i'm not a native speaker)

  11. First of all, you don't need any of this and it's not worth buying a bonefolder or whatever. Just use your fingers, lol.

  12. a crystal nile file
    if you have one of those white pental high polymer erasers and left the plastic covering thing on it, you could use that

  13. lol, you people want to DIY and you get stuck if you don't have the exact same tool?
    what are you retards?
    you can fold it even with your head because it probably looks the same as Minecraft guy head and got 4 edges.

    Great videos! I want to make a sketchpad so now I know how to do it right!
    Thank you!

  14. My husband loves origami, and his trick when he folds paper into perfection is by folding the paper back and forth several times. Yes, his patience is adorable. But, it means you don't really need any tool but your fingers to produce perfect crease.

    I, on the other hand, prefer a faster, rougher, I don't care if it's ugly way: Using the tip of my nail. 😅

  15. My husband loves origami, and his trick when he folds paper into perfection is by folding the paper back and forth several times. Yes, his patience is adorable. But, it means you don't really need any tool but your fingers to produce perfect crease.

    I, on the other hand, prefer a faster, rougher, I don't care if it's ugly way: Using the tip of my nail. 😅

  16. My husband loves origami, and his trick when he folds paper into perfection is by folding the paper back and forth several times. Yes, his patience is adorable. But, it means you don't really need any tool but your fingers to produce perfect crease.

    I, on the other hand, prefer a faster, rougher, I don't care if it's ugly way: Using the tip of my nail. 😅

  17. Thank you for this video. It's good to know what else you can use to fold pages if you don't currently own a bone folder.

  18. You recommended buying a bone folder despite many easy subs, why do you think it's still worthwhile to have? Thanks!

  19. Gonna be honest, a lot of these things made me laugh my ass off. Its pretty much just anything that has a hard flat surface .but you actually went into detail and included spoons and nail polish. XD

  20. i use an wooden letter opener it has an slightly curved edge but its mostly flat the point is curved what makes it for me perfect for i like to work with just the tip

  21. We have the same taste in glassware (actually, plasticware). I have that same cup, just taller, and was drawn to its almost-but-not-quite-square shape at the base, which is similar to my favorite typestyle, Microgramma (or Eurostile if you include the lowercase). As for upper & lowercase, check this out: http://amperart.com/tag/ulc/ (There's a Rubbermaid line of storage containers with the same basic shape as well, the Premier line.)

    I am a graphic designer but started out at a printer's apprentice in junior high school. My studio was destroyed, along with it my folding bone. So after trying a few household tools and scuffing, creasing and ripping the paper to shreds, I asked my good friend Google. And found your video. Lots of great ideas for flattening the fold, but I still have to find a decent scoring tool. Just a temporary substitute, as I'm planniing a trip to my favorite toy store, Kelly Paper Company, where they do sell authentic folding bones.

  22. I used a old plastic nail file with edges (ones that look like a diamond ) and i only removed the sand scratchy part of them an voila

  23. I personally use plastic 6in rulers but I've noticed that it wears out the edges a bit.
    The rulers themselves stay useful for measuring and creasing folds, but not so much for drawing straight smooth lines.

  24. I hate people who put saliva on the paper just to cut it in half after folding like, can't you use your nails or something to make a hard crease?

  25. You use a spoon_, try a small one for regular folding jobs or a large soup spoon for big stuff. There's no long, flat edge, of course, but I was taught this method by a Jewish _Torah scribe. 🙂

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