Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Finished Book now on Etsy

When I teach a class, I make a book or doll along with the students so I have one for demo purposes.  This is the Sketchbook Journal I made when I taught the class.  I usually leave the cover plain or with low embellishments because it is 5" x 7", small enough to fit in a purse.  I got carried away with this one.  The shrine is made from layers of chipboard, die cut, some dry embossed then colored with lots of products including Gilders Paste, Inca Gold, Acryllic metallic Paints.  The center of the shrine is paperclay as is the figure and the architectural elements.  The chain around the shrine is set in a niche I cut.  the cable around the center is actually twisted twine that was stained, painted, gilded then pressed in place - I left a small groove around the center.  The book cover itself if made from paper on canvas panels that form the base for the covers.  The spine is chipboard and linen.  I placed a piece of distressed leather over the spine, dry embossed and colored with all these wonderful products.  The part I love the most is the buckle clasp.  I formed a piece of 16g double hard stainless steel wire into a loop and covered it and 4 head pins with bronze apoxy sculpt.  I impressed with stamps, then enhanced with all those wonderful products.  The strap is from a heavy suede skirt, colored again with all sorts of things so it blended in.  It is now listed on Etsy in my shop, link on the left.  

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