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« on: August 05, 2012 12:16:08 PM »

I made these recently in my mad rush of pendant making

The first one is with hand cut brass covers, etched, riveted with some gears and watch parts I had. 

The pages are a bit steampunk related too - with definitions from a vintage dictionary about craft, artisan, artistry, etc, after being stamped with a letter stamp that has that vintage feel to them.  The brass is aged, sanded, and hand buffed after an application of Renaissance Wax.  Love that stuff.  It stinks, but it protects the patina and adds a nice sheen.

Here is a bit more about this item on my blog

This second one is made with copper covers, embossed.  The inside pages are about innovation.

A bit more about this copper on on my blog too

I have a lot of watch gears and the like in my stash, so there is no point in hoarding them longer, and I am quite addicted to making these minibooks.  I am working on different ways to make them, so I hope you all don't get sick of seeing them from me.

« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2012 12:47:15 PM »

These are gorgeous! I really like the embossed copper on the second one.

« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2012 01:12:19 PM »

Very cool!  Love all the details!

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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2012 04:25:35 PM »

wow these are absolutely gorgeous! I really love the embossing

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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2012 09:06:21 AM »

I for one and not getting sick of looking at your awesome work!  I'm not into steam punk myself, but I really love looking at them, and your's are great. Nancy

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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2012 09:59:30 AM »

Thank you so much - I never thought I was one for steampunk either, but I have really developed a strong liking for it!

« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2012 11:46:23 AM »

Lots of details. They look great!

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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2012 09:21:04 AM »

Really nice minibooks!!  And the resin dome is another great effect with them.

You mentioned your pages sticking together from the glue/decoupage.  I'm wondering if coating each with clear polyurethane then letting cure as well as dry would make that happen less?  (polyurethanes can even be heated/baked 5-15 min at 225-250 or so to further harden them and speed up that process--in polymer clay we call that "re-baking" since the clay will get baked a second time).
You might want to check out too some of the other ways that "pages" are made for polymer clay minibooks since many should work for any kind of covers (I had first thought your covers were polymer clay since all those same effects can be created with it):

(Btw, to avoid the stink and lung-stuff with rub-on metallic pastes have you tried using metal and metallic powders, probably with a binder since not clay, or leaf or even some of the thin acrylic metallic inks?--there's more info about those materials at my site if you're interested. Oh and have you considered using "transfers" instead of paper images under resin or alone?  Those can be colored in all kinds of ways too.)

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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2012 06:39:10 AM »

Wow, that is amazing!!! Very detailed!

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