Wire-O Binding

(Also Know as Double-O-Wire or Twin Loop Wire Binding)

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Wire-O binding is a succession of  parallel looped wire affixed along a wire which are passed through holes punched in stacked papers.   This method of binding has size limitations for its use . . . less than for the GBC Binding method.  This type of binding does allow for the completed project to lie flat when open, and could be a good option for binding your scrapbooks.

A Wire-O binding holds the covers and pages of a document firmly in place by the use of a double-loop wire inserted through holes drilled in your project’s edge or spine. In addition to all of the document’s pages being able to lay flat when opened, they can turn easily through 360°, and stay in perfect registration with adjoining pages.

Wire-O bindings come in a wide array of colors: nine standard colors and loop diameters from 3/16″ to 1-1/4″.   This binding system works well for documents from 1/8″ to 1″ thick. This system of binding is most often used to bind reference books, reports, proposals, and calendars, but equally can be used for scrapbooks of varying sizes. This method is a durable system.  However, there are some limitations–this method does not permit printing on the document spine or the insertion of new pages (adding pages requires the de-binding or undoing–adding your pages and then re-binding your project).   Another drawback for using this method of binding has to do with the binding spine loops being crushed–loosing their cylindrical shape–does not reshape itself like plastic coils and will require reshaping by hand.

Here is how the Comb binding process is done:

Like GBC binding or comb binding, wire-o binding is best accomplished with the use of a machine that will punch the required holes and set the double-wire binders.

Step 1

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Punched Paper for Binding

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Bind Pitch (3:1)

Holes along the spine or bound side of the project must be drilled or punched.  Round , square or rectangular holes may be used.  These holes are spaced on a per inch ratio (3:1 or 2:1 – 3 or 2 holes per inch).  When drilling or punching your scrapbook pages be sure not to overload the machine. Also, proper alignment and uniform depth are a must.  Most binding machines will have gauges to assist you in meeting these requirements.

Step 2

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Arrange Book for Binding

With your scrapbook pages now drilled or punched with the appropriate ratio (pitch) holes–including the front and back covers, you can now arrange your book with the back cover on the bottom, but will be the last page inserted in the binding machine.  Next, add succeeding pages–bottom pages to the top and finish the book with the top, or cover (this order will have both front and back cover together–but the back cover will hide the spine when completed).

Step 3

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Organized Pages

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Wire-o Rings

With your scrapbook sheets and covers now arranged in the order you want them to appear in your book, insert the double wire loops through the holes you have created with the punching process of the machine. The binding machine will assist you in holding the book to allow this process.

Step 4

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Wire-o Binding Machine

With the double wire now inserted and binding your scrapbook, close–or set–the wire loops.  A binding machine will do this step easily, but you can close each ring individually if required without the use of a binding machine.

Step 5

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Finished Wire-o Binding

Your last step is to flip the “back page” over from the top or front of the book to the back.  Doing this will hide the spine of your binding.

This method of scrapbook binding can be done without the use of a binding machine, but is difficult and quality results are best obtained when a machine is used for punching and closing the spine to bind your scrapbook pages.  Here are some machines that are reasonable in price for the serious scrapbook crafter who plans to do a fair amount of binding to justify the cost, and prefers this method of binding.  Click on the photograph to get details on the particular machine/system:

Wire-o Binding Machines


Bind-it-All by Zutter Innovative Products

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Zutter's Bind-It-All

The Zutter Bind-it-All is capable of handling any size O-wire that is available on the market. The Bind-it-All comes with a set of O-wire sizing templates for the following diameter sizes: 5/16, 3/8, 7/16, ½, 5/8, 3/4, 7/8, 1inch and 1 ¼ inch. In total, there are a total of 12 O-wire binding diameters available in the market. (1 1/4, 1 1/8, 1, 7/8, ¾, 5/8, 9/16, ½, 7/16, 3/8, 5/16, 1/4.) The Bind-it-All is capable of applying all 12 sizes, from the very smallest ¼” all the way to 1 1/4″ in diameter. We also offer 8 colors of O-wire (White, Black, Silver, Antique Brass, Antique Silver, Red, Baby Blue and Baby Pink).
SIRCLE WR-60 Manual Wire Binding Machine

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SircleBind WR-60 Binding Machine

With its compact size, handle-bar lock which allows for compact storage space, the SircleBind WR-60 Wire Binding Machine is an ideal choice for the scrapbook crafter and home user. This wire binding machine is an economical choice built with functionality through capacity, and durability through design.

SircleBind WR-60 Binding Machine Specifications:

    Binding system: O-Wire (34 loops)
    Punching capacity: 6 sheets
    Max. Bind: 6mm (45 sheets)
    Margin depth setting
    Cutting Die adjustment
    Special function: Wire closer
DocuGem Manual 3:1 Wire & Plastic Comb Binding Machine

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DocuGem Manual 3:1 Wire & Plastic Comb Binding Machine

The DocuGem Manual 3:1 Wire & Plastic Comb Binding Machine has the unique ability to perform as a plastic comb (Spiral-O Wire) binding machine and also accommodates Double Loop Wire. The 2 IN 1 Bind system is an affordable way to combine two great binding methods. Plastic Comb binding is a cost-effective method with the advantage of being able to re-open, removing and adding pages as needed. Double Loop wire binding provides an attractive, permanent binding solution.

DocuGem Manual 3:1 Wire & Plastic Comb Binding Machine

Specifications and Features:

    Plastic Comb, 19 Loop Spiral-O Wire & 3:1 Double Loop Wire Combination Machine
    Punches 19 Rectangle holes or Punches 32 round holes
    Punches up to 15 sheets of 20# paper
    Max Binding Capacity 425 sheets for Plastic Comb, and 250 sheets for Wire
    11″ vertical punch
    Compact for easy storage

These options may not be what you are looking for.  Click here to visit our web-page on other scrapbook binding options, or go to our alphabetical subject page above and click on the “S” to see information on other binding pages.

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