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This book was designed 100% by my very creative customer.  She wanted a book to use when propsing to her girlfriend that incorporated a heart monitor EKG design.  She only wanted lettering on the back cover "and then I meant you"...meaning her heart didn't truly start beating until she and her partner me.  Awww...I love my customers.  I found some funky copper endpapers that kind of look like cells under a microscope (continuing the medical theme) and I continued the EKG lines raised across the spine and onto the back cover. I'm not crazy about making things with hearts on them, but I loved this one.

 

custom green leather ekg heart monitor engagement book

 

ekg heart monitor engagement book

 

 - page size 6" wide by 8" tall

 - 100 pages (200 page sides to write on)

- decorative patterned foil copper metallic endpapers

- cover is dark green pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- lettering on back cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and copper stamping foil

- approximately $165

 

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dark green leather heart monitor engagement book whole cover

 

dark green leather heart monitor engagement book back cover detail

 

dark green leather heart monitor engagement book endpapers

 

dark green leather heart monitor engagement book endpaper detail

 

This book was designed to be written-in, as well as to hold an engagement ring for a proposal.  My cusotmer wanted a very classic 3/4 binding with lots of personal touches.  The book cover consists of dark brown goatskin leather and eggshell linen book cloth.  The cover is accented (front and back) with copper lines, several decorations stamped using custom metal dies, and lettering in copper foil.  My customer went on to customize the inside with her own artwork and she also made a lovely cloth wrap that would protect the book over the years.  These projects are truly collaborations and this one is a good illustration of why I enjoy that aspect of this work so much.  I like to make something that my customer is picturing and I love to see what they do with the book and how they make it their own.

 

custom engagement ring book in three quarter binding

 

3/4 binding engagement ring book

   

- page size 9 and 1/2" wide by 12" tall

 - 228 pages (456 page sides to write on)

- french marbled endpapers

- this book has a printed title page, then 28 intact pages, then 100 pages with a square cut-out to hold the engagement ring, then 160 intact pages at the back of the book for writing on over the years

- the ring cut-out has one sheet of heavy cover-weight paper at the "floor" of the recess and ribbons that are attached to tie the ring in; the "floor" of the cutout was also lined with dark brown leather to set off the ring

- dark brown satin ribbon page marker

- cover is dark brown goatskin leather and eggshell linen book cloth over binder's board in a 3/4 binding layout

- copper lines on cover added using brass rule, hot foil stamping, and copper stamping foil

- cover decorations added using custom metal dies, hot foil stamping, dark brown stamping pigment, and copper stamping foil

- raised cords on the spine

- tiny stamped acorns on spine in copper play off the oak tree on the back cover and reference the relationship growing through the years

- raised cords outlined with blind stamped lines

- lettering on cover and spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and copper stamping foil

- approximately $390

- plus the cost of the custom metal dies made to stamp the initials on the front cover (approximately $120 for that die) 

 

 

three quarter binding engagement book cloth outer wrap made by customer

 

hand-sewn fabric wrap made by my customer for presentation and protection of the book

 

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three quarter binding engagement ring book back cover

 

three quarter binding engagement ring book back cover detail

 

three quarter binding engagement ring book spine

 

three quarter binding engagement ring book endpapers

 

three quarter binding engagement ring book open

 

three quarter binding engagement ring book ring detail

 

This was a very unique order by a customer who had some very specific requests.  This small book was created to hold an engagement ring for a proposal, but my customer wanted to be the one who cut the recess out of the pages for the ring.  My customer sent me an image of a specific calligraphy-style hummingbird that he wanted on the front cover as well as a photo of a specific steam engine for the back cover.  The hummingbird on the front is raised, and the raised steam engine on the back is set into a recessed area so the book can still lay flat on its back on a table.  This was a VERY intricate raised desing to carve on a relatively small scale.  My customer wanted to incorporate green and purple into this project in some way, so the ribbon page marker is green and the endpapers are purple.

 

custom black leather hummingbird engagement ring book

 

custom black leather hummingbird and steam locomotive engagement ring book

 

hummingbird and steam engine engagement ring book

   

- page size 6" wide by 7 and 1/2" tall

 - 200 pages (400 page sides to write on)

- dark green satin ribbon page marker

- purple endpapers

- cover is black pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- raised design on back cover accented with silver pigment

- stars and moon in night scene on back cover added using custom metal dies, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- raised cords on the spine

- lettering on spine as well as numbers on the steam engine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $350

 

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black leather hummingbird and steam engine engagement ring book whole cover

 

black leather hummingbird and steam engine engagement ring book flat

 

black leather hummingbird and steam engine engagement ring book endpapers

     
     
     

 

 

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