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« on: July 02, 2013 12:11:12 AM »

Hey, all. Cheesy

This started as a birthday present for a friend.

I remembered one of my friends linking to one of those online shops that sell mini book charms and I remember thinking back then 'Hey, I could make that'. I decided to go with Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli for my friend's prezzie, but of course, I couldn't just make one, hence the abundance of mini book charms



I started with Google image search to find the book covers. It's really hard to find more than the front cover of the book, though. So for the ones where I didn't have the spine and the back, I just picked a color from the front and added it to the image using Gimp (an image editor), sized large enough for the back cover and the spine. I think I did a 0.5" spine for the image, which was actually too large, but that's ok because I just trimmed off the excess after.

I put all the book images I wanted in one image sized to 8r (8"x10") and had it printed on silk paper at one of the printing shops here. It's 60pesos for one 8r (around $1.50).

Cut out the book image, and fold along the spine edges to make the mini book. I used an awl to put a hole along the top of the spine and put in a ring to make the mini book a charm.

Folding along the spine using my metal ruler:


Book image folded with the metal ring at the top of the spine:


I had a bunch of loose pages from an old book that I turned into a hollow book, and I used those as the pages for the book charms. I measured the width and height of the book and made sheets twice the width of the book and folded them in half to make the pages. I used a bulldog clip to keep everything in place and used glue to put everything together. Kept it pressed together with the bulldog clip and let the glue dry.



I used Diamond Glaze to cover the whole book and make it more or less waterproof. I covered the spine and the front cover with a thin layer and let dry. Then I did a thin layer on the back and let that dry. Then I did a layer around the book edges and hung it up to dry. (All this waiting for stuff to dry takes time, I suggest watching a show to pass time, or something.)



Learn from my mistakes!

- Don't be tempted to cheat on the pages because cutting them out and putting them together is tedious. Your book charm won't be squared and the glaze won't settle flat.

- Put a piece of stiff cardboard between the clip and your mini book when you're letting it dry. You don't want to put a crimp in your mini book.

- Let the glaze dry thoroughly before touching it. That's the only way to keep a clean finish.

I'm turning these mini book charms into pendants, but they can also be used for charm bracelets and for anything else you could think of. For my friend's present, I just added another jump ring to the charm and made a necklace with some chain.

More pics and details over at my blog
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2013 08:11:39 AM »

Great job, i LOVE the hobbit one, i would love one like that myself as a keyring.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2013 10:51:54 AM »

I love these! Thanks for the tute! I will have to give them a try!
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2013 04:52:02 PM »

I think these are fantastic, what a great job you've done making these.  Not that I'd ever make one, but thanks for the tutorial, I'll bet lots will use it.
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2013 09:50:32 PM »

Thanks a bunch! I love it!
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2013 08:28:24 AM »

Too cute! I love mini things.Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2013 02:07:26 AM »

Thanks for the comments everyone! Smiley

Here's another bunch of mini books:
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2013 07:18:35 PM »

These are so awesome!  I hope you won't mind me pinning your how-to to my Mini Books Pinterest Board, I love mini book jewelry. Smiley  One day, I will have to actually make some, instead of just collecting the tutorials. *big grins*
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2013 06:37:24 AM »

I love these! They're super cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial & inspiring others!  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2014 03:39:13 AM »

These are super cute. Love the Hobbit book. Will have to make me one with a real book cover instead of just plain leather. Thank you for sharing your tutorial.
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