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  1. #1

    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    Bellow building

    Hi, I'm doing now the tricky job of building an asymmetric, tapered bellow.
    I'm wondering right now if anyone of you has experience in building bellows.

    I would love to have some answers to my material questions:

    - do you use leather-cardboard-cotton or cotton-cardboard-cotton?
    - I found a cotton/polyester mix in black, very thin, not vulcanized, but appearently totally lighttight. Any opinions on that?
    - is an outer layer in leather highly recommended?
    - glues: leather-carboard? Sparyglue? Vynil glue? Bookbinder glue? Any ideas?
    cartboard-cotton? Same questions...

    Thank's for any comment on that!
    It was big fun to derive the mathematical and geometrical issues of the bellow....


  2. #2

    Join Date
    May 2006

    Re: Bellow building

    Hi Torsten,
    I built a tapered 8x10 bellows out of window blackout fabric( it's what they use use to line curtains in hotels). The glue I used was called fabri-tac and I got it at the same place I bought the fabric. For the ribs I used old manilla folders cut on a rotary trimmer and it was lined with some black cotton fabric. Before you start building, try a mock up of a few pleats and let it dry- this way you will see if the glue stiffens up when dry and how folding the bellows will be when completed. I always build two bellows at a time- then if I screw one up I don't have to start from the beginning again! The only thing I didn't like about bellows making was the gluing of the ribs- it's like watching paint dry-boring.

    good luck and have fun

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