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Dr Macgonagall's Chronicle. by the-tenebrus Dr Macgonagall's Chronicle. by the-tenebrus
Doctor Macgonagall's Marvellous Chronicle: Pages for mages and grey-bearded sages; a leather-bound tome for the stay-at-home gnome.

Hand-torn pages, bench-sewn and bound in maroon leather with a slightly metallic finish. The inset panel is 2.2mm veg-tanned leather, carved and embossed with a Victorian scrollwork pattern, and decorated with acrylic paints and mahogany leather dye.

The book is closed by a trigger-clasp with an antique bronze finish, and dome rivets protect the back corners.

Sold! Now in the hands of a lovely bibliophile in the USA.
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KadenBlackstoan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
that is awesome SO WOULD BUY THAT
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:iconthe-tenebrus:
the-tenebrus Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, it is for sale :)
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shadowycat Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
This is really gorgeous.
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:iconthe-tenebrus:
the-tenebrus Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:heart: I'll have to make something Severus could use...
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ToTheMask Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Stunning! <3
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the-tenebrus Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :heart:
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BlueShadowM Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I'm just... wow! This book is absolutely stunning. o_O But where did you get the trigger-clasp? I've seen them before and would love to use one on one of my own books but I don't know where to buy them.
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the-tenebrus Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D The trigger clasp came from my local leather-supplier, who sell a variety of Tandy leather products. [link] I couldn't see any on there at the moment, but maybe Tandy have them?
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BlueShadowM Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the help. I'll go to their site and look around. :)
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the-watched-pot Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
(Using my fiction account - this is the tenebrus :) )

[link] I managed to find somewhere selling the trigger clasp if you're still looking. It's a UK site, but they do ship overseas :)
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BlueShadowM Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Thank you. I had forgotten about that. Thank you for remembering and for taking the time to find it for me. :tighthug:
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the-watched-pot Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Aw, you're welcome :)
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BlueShadowM Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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pixelsandquills Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Very Nice
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:iconthe-tenebrus:
the-tenebrus Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :)
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the-reluctant-dragon Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Artist
so beautiful! the clasp looks amazing :D
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:iconthe-tenebrus:
the-tenebrus Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :heart: I love putting metalwork on books.
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hezoo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010   Traditional Artist
That leather working is incredible!! Nice job. The overall book looks fantastic and professional :)
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the-tenebrus Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's the most recent book I've made - I'm still making mistakes, but I'm learning from them. My next project is probably going to be my most complex - I'm still designing it and hoping I haven't been too ambitious!
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xXShadowKatXx Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
very beautiful work! Do you know where I can find any tutorials on the type of binding you used?
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:iconthe-tenebrus:
the-tenebrus Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Most of what I learned came from library books, but there's some very useful information on this site.

The pages are bench-sewn, that's sewn through the fold of each set of pages, and it results in a nice, compact codex with a really strong spine. I'm hoping to put together a bookbinding instruction manual, which I'll link here on completion.
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xXShadowKatXx Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
ya, a lot of places suggest that site to be helpful. I even own on of the books on the list just so I'd be more likely to read it. I do better with pictures though instead of long descriptions. I haven't looked a all the books on the list yet though so there might be one I can follow better.

Anyways, if you do make a bookbinding instruction manual then I'll look forward to reading it :)
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the-tenebrus Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've booked a week's leave from work in August, which I'm hoping to spent putting together a new book and taking photographs as I go. If things work out, I'll be publishing the whole thing as a book with a full tutorial from start to finish.

It's worth checking out your nearest library, too. Sometimes there's no substitute for a proper book you can flick back and forth through as you work :D
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xXShadowKatXx Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
I'll probably do that once I find a library near by. I just moved so I have no clue where anything is yet
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The-West-Gate Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
That is stunning! I love the scrollwork!
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the-tenebrus Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:heart: scrolly! :D
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Undeciria Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is beatifully worked!
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:iconthe-tenebrus:
the-tenebrus Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :heart:
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BetweenAsleepAndWake Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Simply amazing work ! :love: I love the style and the trigger clasp.
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the-tenebrus Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D Now I just have to find someone who does lost-wax casting and metal etching, and I can experiment with new designs!
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BetweenAsleepAndWake Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds like an adventure !;p
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RubberCucumber Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What a beautiful color-combination! And I have that trigger-clasp too :D
I have never thought it could be used to close a book, it's original! :)
My compliments, it looks awesome!
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the-tenebrus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D I'm lucky enough to live near an excellent leatherworking shop in the next village, and they like to experiment with interesting finishes for leather - I picked up this big piece of maroon metallic for a song because the finish was slightly faulty. All it needed was buffing up to remove a few irregularities :D

Old purses/wallets/fashion bags are a great place to pick up curious latches and fastenings for books - I'm always on the lookout for something new.
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bug-in-my-eye Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
very nice! I love the colors and design, it all works very well!
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the-tenebrus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :heart: I'm having a bit of a steampunk phase at the moment, so I wanted to make something with rich colours, metallic tones and a hint of Victorian style.

And rivets :D

They're on the back, though - I should probably have taken a picture.
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One-0f-Many-Names Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Student General Artist
i wish i had one like this
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:iconthe-tenebrus:
the-tenebrus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Why not have a go at making a book yourself? It's really satisfying, and anyone can do it... :D
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Melurie Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
Would you be able to give good tips links etc on how to make your own books this beautifully? XD
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:iconthe-tenebrus:
the-tenebrus Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
There's some useful information to be found on this site.

I'm also (shameless plug) working on a how-to book, starting from basic materials and going through the binding process, right up to the finished product.
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Melurie Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Thank you for the link! :D
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One-0f-Many-Names Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Student General Artist
i should...
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lilsi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
That is beautiful :)
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the-tenebrus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :heart:
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