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Created in collaboration with a friend (as a gift for a mutual friend), this is a custom binding of a set of fan fiction stories based on the TV series Supernatural.  Much time was spent on this project before it ever reached me as my friend gathered and collated and did the layout for the pages of the book.  The completed pdf file of the pages was sent electronically to a local printer and printed on acid-free paper.  Those individual pages were sewn, by me, on an oversewing machine.  Printed endpapers were added.  The cover design is a nod to the retro, mid century modern motel room divder screens and wallpaper used on sets of Supernatural over the years.  The cover was created with several layers of hand-cut thin tag board (the design cut from the board with an x-Acto knife), then the cover leather was worked down into the design using a bone folder as the glue between the cover board and the leather dried.  The retro star accents were added one at a time using a custom die and hot foil stamping...then the lettering was added using moveable metal type and silver stmaping foil.  Finally, a separate square covered with red pigskin was then permanently attached to the cover in a slightly recessed area.  I also built a custom clamshell box to house this book.  The box is covered entirely in book cloth and imitation leather book cloth with a raised necklace cord and gold foil stamped amulet that has signifance on the show.  The all-over front and back cover pattern was a challenge on this one, but I really like the end result.

 

I created a page on this site with in-progress photo of this project so you can see how it was done.

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pop culture supernatural fan fiction binding winchester mid century modern retro

 

supernatural fan fiction binding

   

- page size 8.5" wide by 11" tall

- individual printed pages were sewn on an oversewing machine with 100% cotton thread

 - printed endpapers

- cover is burgundy pigskin leather and red pigskin leather over hand-cut tag board and binder's board

- red square accent on front cover is a separate piece of matte board individually-covered with red pigskin leather, then inset into a recess on the cover

- retro star accents added one at a time using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and pewter stamping foil

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

- custom clamshell box covered in black linen book cloth and black morocco grain imitation leather book cloth

- amulet on front of box added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and gold stamping foil

- approximately $390 (book; does not include the cost of having the pages printed)

- approximately $190 (clamshell box)

 

leather supernatural binding fan fiction winchester retro mid century modern book spine moveable metal type

 

leather supernatural binding fan fiction winchester retro mid century modern custom clamshell box dean amulet

 

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leather supernatural binding fan fiction winchester retro mid century modern front

 

leather supernatural binding fan fiction winchester retro mid century modern open

 

leather supernatural binding fan fiction winchester retro mid century modern custom clamshell box open

 

leather supernatural binding fan fiction winchester retro mid century modern custom clamshell box spine with book

 

My pop culture orders are some of my absolute favorites.  That includes this rebinding of the book Supernatural; Fan Phenomena that explores various aspects of the fandom surrounding the show Supernatural.  Since this was a rebinding, I started with the printed page of the published book and built a new cover to fit the pages.  The cover is made of many, many, many tiny pieces of thin board individually-covered in various colors of hand-pared goatskin leathers.  These pieces were then assembled puzzle-style in recessed areas of the cover to create the image...a highway stretching forward into the night from the view of a '67 Impala's front windshield with a sunset in the rearview mirror and a tiny, backwards-printed "Lawrence city limits" sign.  The lead characters on Supernatural, brothers, were raised in Lawrence, Kansas.  A gold amulet hangs from the rearview mirror.  There is very long quote  from the show printed in pewter foil on the back cover.  Printed endpapers were created, one with a road map of the state of Kansas on it.  A custom clamshell box covered in linen book cloth was made to protect the book.  This is what happens when I'm left to my own devices.  One of my most complex covers I've done and also one of my favorite.

 

 

supernatural the road so far 67 impala rear view mirror custom binding with amulet

 

supernatural rebinding

   

- page size roughly 6" wide by 9" tall

 - printed endpapers

- cover is predominantly black goatskin leather over carved binder's board

- intricate leather decoration on cover is made up of many very small pieces of thin board covered with hand-pared paper-thin goatskin leathers in various colors

- individually-covered pieces are assembled in slightly recessed areas of the cover to create the night road scene

- "Lawrence city limits" sign, backwards, as it would appear in a rear view mirror, was added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- gold amulet added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and gold stamping foil

- lettering on back cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and pewter stamping foil (set up letter-by-letter, this is a very large amount of type for a cover)

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

- custom clamshell box covered in gray and charcoal linen book cloth

- lettering on spine of box in silver foil

- amulet on front of box in pewter foil

- approximately $760 (book)

- approximately $175 (clamshell box)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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custom rebinding of fan phenomenal supernatural in leather whole cover

 

custom rebinding of fan phenomenal supernatural in leather road and rear view mirror detail

 

custom rebinding of fan phenomenal supernatural in leather road and dean winchester amulet detail

 

custom rebinding of fan phenomenal supernatural in leather spine

 

custom rebinding of fan phenomenal supernatural in leather with custom clamshell box

 

custom rebinding of fan phenomenal supernatural in leather with custom clamshell box flat

 

custom rebinding of fan phenomenal supernatural in leather with custom clamshell box and book

 

Created for a Dr. Who fan, this box features the TARDIS (time and relative dimension in space), floating in space, as a raised design on the front cover.  This is modified clamshell box where all four sides of the box are fixed with a hinged lid.  White leather is inset into the windows of the call box to make it look as if it is emanating light from within.

 

custom leather TARDIS box

 

TARDIS box

   

- inner dimensions 8 and 1/2" wide by 11" tall

- edges of box are covered with black vellum book cloth

- front, spine, and back of box covered with black pigskin leather

- raised panel on box lid

- TARDIS was created with many layers of individually-cut tag board, stacked to create the design, then covered with hand-pared electric blue goatskin leather

- other parts of the design are covered with black goatskin leather

- TARDIS windows are inset with white goatskin leather

- posted notice on door printed on water and fade-resistant Epson professional photo paper

- tiny brass tack door knob

- box is lined with black Arches cover

- lettering inside cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- lettering on TARDIS added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and white stamping pigment

- stars on cover added using custom metal dies, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

 - approximately $560

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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custom leather TARDIS box front

 

custom leather TARDIS box sign detail

 

custom leather TARDIS box whole cover

 

custom leather TARDIS box back cover with stars

 

custom leather TARDIS box spine

 

custom leather TARDIS box open

 

My customer contacted me to see if I could make them a real life version of the linking book from the fantasy game Myst. Using my customer's description and some renderings he sent as a guide, I spent several months making this book which included fabricating all of the metal parts by hand.  The corners and cover accents are all made from brass.  The book from the game had a piano hinge running down the edges of the covers where they met the spine.  This was the one thing I could not do, but simulated the look with brass rods wired into the cover.  The cover leather was then aged slightly with darker wax to simulate marks from wear.  With all the metal parts this book was truly a challenge.

 

custom leather myst gamer journal with brass accents

 

myst journal

    

- page size roughly 6" wide by 9" tall

- roughly 200 pages (400 page sides to write on)

- cover is predominantly Italia calf leather over binder's board (please note this is a type of leather that I cannot get anymore)

- raised panels on the front and back covers

- all cover accents were fabricated from brass sheet and attached to the cover with small nailheads

- roman numeral 1 on front cover etched into the brass with chemical etching and backened with oxidizing chemicals

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

- approximately $825

 

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custom leather myst journal with metal accents whole cover

 

custom leather myst journal with metal accents front metal detail

 

custom leather myst journal with metal accents front metal corner detail

 

This ornate journal was created for a Xena fan. Raised designs including very recognizable prop weapons from the Xena series were used as well as real costume materials used to make Lucy Lawless' and Renee O'Connor's costumes.  The silver ring that is wired into the front cover is one of the rings used to attach Xena's leather bodice straps to her bodice.  The yin yang design in the center (echoing the design of Xena's second chakram weapon) consists of swatches of original costume material (one from Xena, one from Gabrielle) covering the central shapes.  The monogram on the front cover minics the shape of the weapons on the back cover.  The buttons in the chakram on the back cover are covered with material used in Xena's main hero costume underskirt .

 

custom leather xena and gabrielle journal

 

xena and gabrielle journal

     

- page size 8 and 1/2" wide by 11" tall

- 200 pages (400 page sides to write on)

- pages are acid-free off-white lined paper; light gray lines with college-ruled spacing

- mottled brown decorative endpapers

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

- raised monogram on front cover accented with gold foil leaf

- center of monogram on front cover consists of real costume materials and hardware used to make the costumes for Xena and Gabrielle on the Xena television series

- raised original chakram and sai design on back cover accented with silver foil leaf

- black-gold "buttons" on chakram consist of real Xena costume material

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

- I cannot estimate a price on this since the costume materials used on the cover were available in very limited quantity

 

 

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custom leather xena and gabrielle journal with real costume fabric accents cover emblem

 

custom leather xena and gabrielle journal with real costume fabric accents back cover sai and chakram

 

custom leather xena and gabrielle journal with real costume fabric accents back cover sai and chakram detail

 

custom leather xena and gabrielle journal with real costume fabric accents spine

 

custom leather xena and gabrielle journal with real costume fabric accents endpapers

 

My customer on this project had very specific requests for how this book should look.  I was not familiar with the game he was referencing, but followed his instructions and came as close as I could to what he was looking for.  The silver goatskin leather was strange stuff to work with (very stretchy and slinky).  The colors needed for the center emblem were very specific and my customer wanted the whole design to be flush with the surface of the cover (not raised).  Silver lettering was added to the spine between traditional raised cords (I love the light silver-on-silver look of the spine).  A custom clamshell box that fits the book precisely was created to protect the book from dust and wear.  I don't have to understand what a book will be used for as long as my customer can effectively communicate their ideas to me and this customer did a great job in that department.

 

custom silver leather gamer journal

 

 

silver leather gamer's journal

    

- page size 8 and 1/2" wide by 11" tall

- 400 pages (800 page sides to write on)

- french marbled endpapers

- blue satin ribbon page marker

- cover is silver goatskin leather over binder's board

- emblem in center of cover is made up of several pieces of thin board individually covered with various colors of hand-pared goatskin leather

- raised cords on the spine

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

- a custom clamshell box was made to protect this book

- clamshell box covered in navy vellum book cloth

- clamshell box is lined with acid-free Arches cover paper

- lettering on box cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $600 (book)

- approximately $175 (box)

 

 

 

 

 

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silver leather gamers journal front emblem

 

silver leather gamers journal spine

 

silver leather gamers journal endpapers

 

silver leather gamers journal and custom clamshell box

 

silver leather gamers journal and custom clamshell box fit

 

silver leather gamers journal and custom clamshell box open flat

 

This blank book was created to have fan fiction stories based on the show Supernatural hand-written inside it.   I wanted this book to have a rustic look and the cover is predominantly a lovely dark brown goatskin leather that blind stamped particularly well.  The center devil's trap medallion was hand-carved from a separate piece of binder's board and covered with hand-pared mottled cowhide that has a bit of a smoky-burned look to it.  The tiny symbols inside the devills trap were created on separate piece of thin board using string before hand-pared leather was worked over the desgin.  Each symbol piece was then set into the appropriate recess in the devil's trap and the whole emblem was set into a recessed area on the cover.  I loved the rustic result; very in-keeping with the style of some of the old books used on the show.

 

 

custom leather supernatural fan fiction binding with devil trap

 

supernatural fan fiction binding

     

- page size 6" wide by 9" tall

- 125 pages (250 page sides to write on)

- mottled brown batik endpapers

- cover is dark brown goatskin leather over carved binder's board

- devil's trap on cover was carved from a separate piece of binder's board covered with hand-pared goatskin leather and hand-pared mottled cowhide

- lettering on cover added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and blind stamping technique

- approximately $330

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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custom leather supernatural fan fiction binding with devils trap whole cover

 

custom leather supernatural fan fiction binding with devils trap detail 1

 

custom leather supernatural fan fiction binding with devils trap detail 2

 

custom leather supernatural fan fiction binding with devils trap spine

 

custom leather supernatural fan fiction binding with devils trap batik endpapers

 

This intricate binding was created for a customer who collected props and costumes used in the filming of the show Xena, Warrior Princess.  This binding held one year's worth of the online Xena Prop House newsletter for prop and costume collectors.  The challenge here was to incorporate my customer's favorite Xena costume and weapon pieces from her collection into one cover design.  This meant I needed to include the original chakram (front cover) with inlaid paua shell (like the real prop) and a representation of a metal headdress piece.  On the back cover, I need to incorporate Xena's second chakram, her classic sword, and a throwing dagger; all props that this customer had in her collection.  Fabricating the "moon" headdress from copper may have been the most challenging.  Each piece had a specific finish to set it apart and a very simple carved figure acts as a mannequin.  There were so many details on this cover; right down to the tiny metal nail studs in the correct place on the hilt of the throwing dagger.

 

custom leather xena prop and costume collector book back

 

custom leather xena prop and costume collector book front

 

 

xena collector binding

     

- page size 8 and 1/2" wide by 11" tall

- pages consist of one year's worth of the online Xena Prop House newsletter printed in full color and oversewn

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

- origina chakram on front cover is accented with gold and silver foil leaf and inset with paua shell discs

- headdress representation on front cover was fabricated from copper

- "veil" on front cover is hand-pared light blue goatskin leather

- chakram, sword, and dagger on back cover are accented with silver, gold, and copper foil leaf with tiny paua shell inlays in the sword hilt

- handle of dagger is covered in hand-pared red goatskin leather

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

- prices for something this intricate have to be quoted on a per-order basis 

 

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custom leather xena collector binding with charm sword headdress and dagger whole cover

 

custom leather xena collector binding with charm sword headdress and dagger traditional charm detail with paua shell

 

custom leather xena collector binding with chakram sword headdress and dagger copper detail

 

custom leather xena collector binding with chakram sword headdress and dagger paua shell sword detail

 

custom leather xena collector binding with chakram sword headdress and dagger detail

 

custom leather xena collector binding with chakram sword headdress and dagger spine

 

Made for a fan of the show Stargate (and specifcally a fan of one of the characters, Dr. Fraiser, who carried a pen light with her everywhere), this journal had to be at least one inch thick to accomodate the thickness of the removable pen light mounted in hardware at the front edge.  The very intricate raised design of the stargate on the front cover wraps around to the back.  Sections of the gate were highlighted with gold foil leaf to simulate the parts of the gate that light up on the show.  A stargate patch was permanently mounted inside the front cover, surrounded by gold and silver swirl marbled endpapers.  This book was constructed around the removeable pen light.  The covers are extra-long at the front edge to accommodate the pen light and the light is held in place with metal pipe clamps screwed to a leather-covered block at the front edge of the cover with brass screws. I really loved the way the pipe clamps provided a secure housing for the penlight while also managing to look industrial and a bit space-age.

 

custom leather stargate journal with pen light

 

stargate journal

    

- page size 7" wide by 8" tall

- 200 pages (400 page sides to write on)

- black, gold, and silver swirled marbled endpapers

- printed title page

- stargate patch permanently mounted inside the front cover

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

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

- removeable pen light attached to cover with metal pipe clamps and brass screws

- gold gate accents on front cover are accented with gold foil leaf

- approximately $825

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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custom leather stargate journal with pen light whole cover

 

custom leather stargate journal with pen light front detail

 

custom leather stargate journal with pen light front edge detail

 

custom leather stargate journal with pen light endpapers

 

custom leather stargate journal with pen light detail

 

custom leather stargate journal with pen light open pages

     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

 

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