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Old 12-14-2010, 12:25 AM   #1
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DIY -- Book cover

Pic 01 -- I took a lovely section of oil tanned cowhide and traced the outline of the brown paper template I'd made to determine the size.

Pic 02 -- I then took a nice red piece that was to be the lining.

Next step: cut.
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:29 AM   #2
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Pic 01 -- Here's the brown paper wrapper with a book in it for size.

Pic 02 -- Here's the same wrapper "closed".
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:39 AM   #3
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Pic 01 -- This is a concho. It is a common decoration in western saddlery. I use it here as a post to wrap the thongs around as a closure. I *love* this concho.

Pic 02 -- Here is the cocho "in context".
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:46 AM   #4
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Pic 01 -- Now I cut out the outside cover. I use a spear point scalpel to cut it. I had to make several passes and I had to apply CONSIDERABLE pressure. I think next time I will change blades sooner.

Pic 02 -- Lining too...
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:51 AM   #5
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Pic 01 -- Now the notch for the concho (notcho?) is transferred from the template to workpiece.

Pic 02 -- Seriously. This is some very strong leather. Your book will be protected up to DefCon 2.
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:00 AM   #6
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Pic 01 -- Now for personalization. I struggled with this for a LONG time. This picture shows just a *few* of the attempts I made at the design.

Pic 02 -- After all that pencil and paper struggling, I went with a freehand pencil and leather design. Turns out the pencil makes a nice mark on the leather. It was important to pay careful attention to the positive and negative space for this "stencil" to make sure the design doesn't fall apart!
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:03 AM   #7
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Pic 01 -- Cut!

Pic 02 -- Cutted. *whew* By the way, tha's a lot of cutting.
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:17 AM   #8
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Pic 01 -- Now that the cutting is done for the time being, let's glue it up! Step one, add glue.

Pic 02 -- Step two. Add the other piece of leather. Pretty easy!
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:42 AM   #9
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Pic 01-- For the first time, we can now see the lining through the stencil of the cover. It looks good! I like it!

Pic 02 -- ... except...

I made a mistake. I used too much glue. Some of the glue spread out onto the flesh (suede-y) side of the lining. This made a helluva mess, cleaning and teasing the glue out of the fibers of the leather... I cried like a little girl.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:15 AM   #10
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Pic 01 -- Now for the straps to hold the covers of the book (any book, really. I included a blank notebook, but you could use the cover for any book.) I decided to rivet them in place. My first idea was to lace them in place. Rivets are better, and faster, and match the rest of the silver accoutrement.

I came up with the idea of holding the rivets and caps in place with the scotch tape. It worked quite well, and I'll use it again. You can see the corner of my anvil here too.

Pic 02 -- Here are both cover holders in place.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:19 AM   #11
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Pic 01 -- Prone.

Pic 02 -- Supine.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:39 AM   #12
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Pic 01 -- Ta Da!!!! The finished product.

Pic 02 -- My hallmark.

Merry Christmas Jaydaan!
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:07 AM   #13
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very nicely done!
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:07 AM   #14
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Well that is just cool as hell! Good job.
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:18 AM   #15
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