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I posted before about making miniature books. Yes, I'm still at it and came upon a couple cool ideas. (Click photos to see full size.)
I've been making an assortment of faded, old-looking books. Here's some of them:
I also was making a bunch of modern horror books before for the Mini Horror Bookstore project. I put that on hold for a bit.
Thanks to Jennifer's Miniatures on FB for offering a great tutorial on making "fancier" books. A few ideas I'd used before; a couple I tried and made some different books this time.
Here's my version - Fancy Mini Books:
I resized the sheet of vintage book photos to a 1", 3/4" and a smaller half-scale 1/2" high size. I always spray the sheets with matte acrylic or fixative so they won't smear when I varnish them.
I tried matte Mod Podge, but it didn't give enough shine, so I coated the covers with one light coat of gloss Mod Podge. My thought is that more expensive and "leather" books do have a slightly shinier surface.
Cut out covers. I always trace the edges of books with a matching Sharpie or other marker to mask the white edges. Color in the inner edges of books with the same color.
Inside: I like picture frame mat board as it's easy to cut with scissors and is simpler to use. Measure the board piece to fit the book interior. It should fit so a little cover overlaps the board on each side.
When dry, glue mat board inside cover with Tacky glue. Some books require two pieces of board for thickness to match the spine width.
I opened it up and it's a key holder box! I thought it would be perfect to turn into a kind of inventory box to store my miniature books until I need them. (The bonus being that they'll be easy to find! ha!) The nice thing is the box has sturdy hinges and a good clasp on the side to keep it closed. I just have to add a hanger on back if I want.
The box inside has two rows of wood strips with the key holder hooks. I removed the hooks, then found a photo online of books on shelves.
I'm really happy with how it turned out. So keep an eye open as you never know what you'll find to use for a project! Now to fill it....
So far there are just over 50 books in there... yes, a compulsive thing that I won't be happy until all the shelves are filled! Stay tuned. haa!
What are you working on? Feel free to share your latest find or project idea!