Sunday, July 5, 2009

Constructing the Covers

Well as promised here is the book finished at long last. It has been a wonderful experience to construct, both from the family reminiscing point and also for the book construction techniques learned along the way, lots of fun there! I admit to being somewhat headstrong here, (there are so many gurgling noises and throat clearings going on in the background you would think I was at the doctors surgery! The whole family's a comedy act!) Anyway, as I was saying, being the determined soul I am I proceeded blindly into the construction of the covers and assemblage of the book without any prior experience in construction techniques. Never even read a book on the topic. Naive, YES, ABSOLUTELY!!! Yes the construction presented some challenges (read this as design problems extraordinaire!), and I almost caved and sought advice, but (being me) I persisted and eventually solved all obstacles myself (oh, yeah baby, I am soooo proud!)
So here it is the finished article, proudly presenting...


The Book of Hearts






The front and back covers are constructed from book board and covered in a fine kangaroo leather, (well it is Australian) rather than a book leather. The finished article is quite large and heavy so I felt a heavy duty cover construction was needed to prevent the possibility of needing repairs in the near future due to weight issues from a more flimsy construction, and I have never done this before, and the tannery isn't too far away either, so there you are! Brass fittings and leather strapping to bind. The front piece is an old wooden frame I found for 20cents, left in its pre-loved form and into this I have placed the front piece from a vintage book.





(It reads, Book of the Hearts - Loves Emblems)

In constructing the book, the pages are of course heavily embellished and decorated. This meant the in order for the book pages to sit flat and present like an ordinary book that spacers had to be constructed to fit between the pages along the binding edge. Each one individually designed for each double page spread according to the size spacer required for that particular spreads needs. This done, I covered the spacers in a black fabric to enable them to blend into the background (which they do beautifully). Now the assembling! An extraordinary number of eyelets, hammering, leather strapping and the odd colourful language lesson later, tada! Fini!


The spine...







Here's the side view. As you can see it sits flat!, Yahoo!




The finished book was rushed off to my mother in time for Mother's Day here, (JUST!!!) and is well loved, phew!


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10 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

What a wonderful idea for your mum on Mother's Day - I cna imagine she was very thrilled and touched by your workmanship.

La Dolce Vita said...

oh Kim, it is just gorgeous! what a beautiful gift of art and love! yummy very visually chewy!
Like you, no formal training makes me adventurous and willing to take risks...sometimes disaster but more often than not ... brilliance and new ways of doing things develop ...Bravo!!! cat

Zappha said...

What a treasured gift this would be. Lovely work.

alteredbits said...

absolutely divine! i adore this! you have done such an amazingly tremendous job on this gorgeous book! what an amazing and wonderful gift!

Ro Bruhn said...

Your book is divine, a real family heirloom, I'm sure your mother was over the moon when you gave it to her

Gaby Bee said...

A really wonderful gift for your Mum. It's absolutely amazing! Love all the little details.
Gaby xo

Dayna Collins said...

Your book is lovely - truly a heart gift.

Seth said...

What a stunning treasure. One that I am certain your mother will completely adore.

Judy said...

Bloody awesome mate!
I tell you I want to see this irl one day - what a magnificent, cover spine , well everything love love love the frame, they are my favourite - ovals that are distressed with foxing laden engraving - yum.
xoxo

Evangeline said...

Just can't get over the care and artistry that went into your book! So beautiful.