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Re: [BKARTS] fish skin redux

Ok, so are you going to post a picture of the finished product? : ) I'd love to see it!

Kathy G

On Nov 28, 2008, at 11:20 PM, Jet Foncannon wrote:

The skins come in a rainbow assortment of colors, and are at most 4" wide, about 16" long. I chose to bind a small book, 7/8" X 4" X 6", in a 1/4 binding. (That's about all the skins would allow for.) I picked one of a burnt orange color with a dark brown webbing. Peter Verheyen had assured me the skins would take hot stamping. They appear to be heavily varnished, and to be sure, I followed a suggestion made on this thread sometime ago: I rubbed the skin thoroughly with clear ammonia before stamping. This had the desired effect, and the hot stamping of the book title turned out beautifully. (I used a high temperature gold foil and a Keynote font.) For a book cloth I used a brocade fabric with a black background and tiny embossed bees finely detailed in gold and silver. For endpapers I used one of Iris Nevin's patterns. I added scarlet headbands and a scarlet velvet place ribbon. The total effect was--- well, I hate to hype my own work, but it was beyond merely pretty.
The texture of the fish skin leather adds an unusual note of elegance to the binding. It is a wonderful product, and I encourage people to experiment with it.

Jet Foncannon

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