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The dragon eye covers were what happened after I received a request for a book with a demon's eye on it and that order fell through.  I discovered that you can buy resin eyes of any color and size from a taxidermy supply catalog and I invented a way to sandwich the eye, trapping it between layers of cover board.  The raised detail surrounding the eye is created from layers of thin board.  On this example, the copper endpapers and copper spine stamping compliment each other.

 

dark green leather dragon eye journal

 

dark green dragon's eye journal

     

 - page size 7 and 1/2" wide by 8" tall

- 120 pages (240 page sides to write on)

- lined pages of off-white paper with light gray lines and college-ruled spacing

- metallic copper endpapers

- cover is dark green pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- resin taxidermy eye on cover backed with white kangaroo leather

- long vine stamped in copper foil on the inside edge of both covers

- lettering on spine added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and copper stamping foil

- approximately $295

 

 

 

 

 

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dark green dragon eye journal front at an angle

 

dark green dragon eye journal detail

 

dark green dragon eye journal spine

 

dark green dragon eye journal metallic copper endpapers

 

Taxidermy catalogs also sell "fantasy" eyes...resin eyes in colors not found in nature.  For this slightly more wild red dragon eye journal, I used one of those yellow and red fantasy eyes.  The raised area surrounding the eye is more extravagant and the book has a wild marbled endpaper in shades of red and pink.

 

red leather dragon eye journal

 

red dragon's eye journal

     

 - page size 7 and 1/2" wide by 8" tall

- 120 pages (240 page sides to write on)

- lined pages of off-white paper with light gray lines and college-ruled spacing

- marbled endpapers

- cover is red pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- resin taxidermy eye on cover backed with white kangaroo leather

- long vine stamped in gold on the inside edge of both covers

- lettering on spine added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and gold stamping foil

- approximately $295

 

 

 

 

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red leather dragon eye journal front at an angle

 

red leather dragon eye journal detail 

 

red leather dragon eye journal spine 

 

red leather dragon eye journal marbled paper endpapers

 

Made for a customer who wanted a non-traditional family album, she sent me photos of her lovely tribal tattoo and I turned the design into an intricate raised image for the cover.  The intricacy of this design added to the time involved in making this cover, but the result was a lovely, subtle copy of my customer's tattoo.

 

navy leather family photo album scrapbook with tribal tattoo design

 

family tribal tattoo photo album/scrapbook

     

 - page size 10" square

- 50 pages (100 page sides to mount photos, etc. on)

- off-white acid-free heavy Arches cover pages

- natural deckled edge left on the outer edge of each page

- cover is navy pigskin leather over carved binder's board

- raised tribal design on cover created with many layers of hand cut thin board, stacked to form the raised design

- decoration on spine added using a custom metal die, hot foil stamping, and pewter stamping foil

- lettering on spine added using moveable metal type, hot foil stamping, and silver stamping foil

- approximately $430

 

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navy leather family album scrapbook with tribal tattoo design detail

 

navy leather family album scrapbook with tribal tattoo design page edges 

 

navy leather family album scrapbook with tribal tattoo design spine
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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