Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Metalsmithing & Bookbinding

I recently attended a fabulous class at Volcano Arts in Volcano, California. The focus of the class was bookbinding and I decided to pursue the option of making a metal cover for my book. With the exception of the eyelets, I fabricated every piece of metal in this book!

The main part of the cover is patinated copper. The wavy brass strip is repeated on the back cover. The closure panel is also brass to which I have riveted an etched piece of nickel silver. The book closes with a length of black elastic which lies under the curve of the nickel silver.

I learned the coptic binding technique to complete this book. This was an amazing class taught by Christine Cox, owner of Volcano Arts. She is a wealth of knowledge and a generous teacher.


Artisan Wire Wrapped Jewelry said...

this is so COOL! What a great class and a great final product!

Studio Marcy - Marcy Lamberson said...

Vicki, what a lovely project you made in class and your blog is beautiful too. I look forward to seeing more of these items!

Kat said...

Vicki, what an amazing project! Thanks for sharing it with us all :)

Deronda designs said...

Wowsers! That is great. I absolutely love it.

Orion Designs said...

Thank you all! I had a blast in class and met some amazing women. You should check out the Volcano Arts website -- there are some wonderful things to purchase and some great design ideas.

bibliophile said...

That's a beautiful book, you did a great job! I've been wanting to use metal in my books for some time. Lucky you to have Volcano Arts so close to you!

Mary Ann said...

That is simply amazing. You did a great job. Will we be seeing them in your shop soon?