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Topic: Tiny Library Filled with Wee Books and a Deep, Dark, Secret. (filled w/ photos)  (Read 13706 times)
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« on: March 03, 2012 10:32:45 AM »

You might want to sit down, this is going to take awhile.

I was lucky enough to participate in the Wicked Vices Altered Tin Swap wherein we gave our partners a list of five of our "vices" and we altered an Altoid -style tin with one or more of those vices in mind.  My partner's vices included book hoarding (is that a vice?).  Originally I had another idea involving another vice on the list that I don't even remotely remember, but on a craft-night with a girlfriend I got to play with her Martha Stewart Scoring Board and ZAP! the idea to make many wee books and a library to house them in struck me.  Luck shone down on me again as I was gifted from my birthday my very own scoring board by that same girlfriend.  WHEE!  And now to the many, many, MANY photos. 


My partner likes the distressed look, so I decided the library should look like a shed of aged copper.  I had a sheet of corrugated paper missing one flat side in my stash and painted it with paint that you spray with a distressing fluid to oxidize it.  Luckily I was able to work in light coats so as not to ruin the paper.


The back is copper leaf, distressed with glaze and topcoated with a matte varnish.  Why I did 2 different coppers that ended up looking the same?  Heck if I know.


Inside, sans books.  A library pocket on the inside of the lid from a pattern I found on pinterest, then resized to fit in photo shop.  I stamped it with an anatomical heart stamp a bunch of times, as hearts were one of my partners loves.  The shelves on the other side are made with faux bois embossed paper over paperboard, then inked to bring out the pattern.


All the wee books on the shelves.  After about 12 books, I started thinking "what I have gotten myself into?"  Then I thought... "well, I could make a few bookends..."  So I made several more books and a few bookends.  Smiley


The bookends are a vintage game piece that I silver leafed, then distressed with glaze and a piece of cut tile I found on the floor at a job site I was working on with a marble glued to it.  The marble was leaved with bits of gold, silver and copper leaf randomly stuck on.  It ended up looking a bit like a globe.


The books all actually open and have pages, etc.  I used pages from my small collection of books-bought-to-make-into-something-new including non-English language books, a vintage math textbook, magazine photos, etc.  Scrapbook paper that look like types of leather and a leather-y wrapping paper for the covers

The secret hatch in the back where the library's owner keeps her skulls (like skeletons in her closet):

The door is made with another color of the faux bois embossed paper and a oiled bronze colored paper brad.  The hardware is from my stash, distressed with glaze.

The inside has one of those things from the top of that sleeve that covered the top of a wine bottle.


And finally a bunch of detail shots, because for me these things are all about the little details.

A bit of color and a hint about what's inside the shed:

I felt lucky (again) that I was able to get "book paper or print treat" under the turquoise glass thingy from my stash.

"Door" made from the darker version of the faux bois embossed paper, again inked to bring out the grain.  Paper brad for door knob. 

My miters didn't turn out so well, but I decided it was a happy accident making the dilapidated shed look just that much more so.

One of the shelves of books:


Mini faux joinery sans books:


Closed hatch:


Pile of wee books:

Can you tell I'm proud of the books, in a survived-a-harrowing-event kind of way?  Wink

And a shot with a moose for scale:

My partner likes moose (even though they eat her garden) and when going thru my stash initially looking for inspiration I'd pulled it out, so I sent him along as a surprise extra.  I refrained from glittering his antlers, since glitter is MY vice, not hers.   Kiss


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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2012 10:55:30 AM »

Oh, this is stunning. I love the tiny wee books and the beautiful shed to keep them in, but I'm afraid to say hoarding books is not a vice. Definitely not. Perhaps it might be a genetic abnormality but I would never accuse my mother of having a vice, or confess to one myself (we both have bookcases in the corridors!).
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2012 11:07:56 AM »

That is such great work, and love everything about it.
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2012 11:29:48 AM »

Thank you both!

Antidigger, I think hoarding books is a sign of intelligence and sophistication myself.  In fact most of the books I vandalized to make the books I've had for years, because I couldn't quite come up with a project worthy of their desecration.   Shocked
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2012 12:21:03 PM »

You're killing me here with the mini-library, skulls, faux bois, copper, globe, and the straw that broke the camel's - er, I mean, the last straw - THE ITTY BITTY MINI BOOKS.

MISS T you rock. you kick rocking's butt. you OWN rocking.
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2012 12:32:50 PM »

You're killing me here with the mini-library, skulls, faux bois, copper, globe, and the straw that broke the camel's - er, I mean, the last straw - THE ITTY BITTY MINI BOOKS.

MISS T you rock. you kick rocking's butt. you OWN rocking.

Wow.  Thanks, lady!  Sheesh, I'm humbled.
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2012 12:44:08 PM »

I adore this. You got me with the "wood" shelves and books, but oh, lordy, when the skeletons were revealed........my gasp sucked all the air out of the room.
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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2012 01:45:26 PM »

ohhh its book hoarding in this house Cheesy  Actually more precisely "text" hoarding which would encompass the stacks of magazines, books I read, craft books, old moldy books I use for art....you know necessary stuff!  I so love this tin with so many of my favourite things...copper, skulls, distressed paint and teeny books!!  You have rocked my socks TheMistressT!

haha the first thought I had when I saw the moose was that he would look fab with a coat of glitter...
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2012 02:42:40 PM »

I adore this. You got me with the "wood" shelves and books, but oh, lordy, when the skeletons were revealed........my gasp sucked all the air out of the room.

Thanks!  I love that paper and am soooo sad the local chain of paper stores that carried it closed their doors at the beginning of the year!   Cry  I can't believe how hard it was for me to find small skulls!  Skulls are pretty popular, but none of the craft stores i got to had ANY.  Luckily, I spied a bead store on a visit to my home town and they had these!  

ohhh its book hoarding in this house Cheesy  Actually more precisely "text" hoarding which would encompass the stacks of magazines, books I read, craft books, old moldy books I use for art....you know necessary stuff!  I so love this tin with so many of my favourite things...copper, skulls, distressed paint and teeny books!!  You have rocked my socks TheMistressT!

haha the first thought I had when I saw the moose was that he would look fab with a coat of glitter...

Come over to the sparkly side... we have show tunes.   Roll Eyes

I'm so glad you like it!  I was worried I couldn't be "rusty" enough.  The sunset book is an ad for tourism of Oregon Coast from a magazine, just because I knew you were also a magazine junky connoisseur.  I just got the pics of your masterpiece and will edit them now, then post 'em in the gallery!  WHEE!
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2012 05:33:34 PM »

This is so amazingly detailed! I gotta say my favorite part is the skull hidey-hole...but I also love the lil globe. Inspiring!
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