Friday, November 4, 2016

Hodgepodge 6/365 - Handmade Book

Last May, with the expert and patient help of Christine Cox of Volcano Arts, I made this beautiful book (approx. 4.25 x 5.5 in.). In the process I learned a bit about metalworking: sawing, filing, etching, soldering, pickling, polishing, making rivets (no glue is involved in this book). Here are some photos showing steps of the process.

Etching patterns in the metal involved a rubber stamp and acid.
The closure, with homemade rivets.
Coptic stitch binding.
Finished binding.
The assembled book (sans binding) next to its models.

In April, I will be going back to work with Christine again. This time, since I have an idea of what's involved, I will try to create my own design. It's fun and rewarding work.

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