Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Atlantis: Shepherd's Journal 3 (Final)

And here's the last images of this fantastic project!
To get the covers to pivot about the rod more freely I went on to loosen the circular areas a bit more with a scrap piece of the same rod size. Once they were loosened a bit, the rod went thru smoothly and the covers opened up quite nicely! The second rounded end piece was then glued on permanently. 
 At around this time, I cut out the Atlantean symbol for "A" out of a thin basswood piece that was the perfect thickness for it...That was spray painted with the same golden paint as the tacks and rod piece.
 ...glued on the closing hinge piece to the back cover...
 Don't have images of this: After much consideration on how do make the hinge work with the pages I decided on sacrificing the perfect angled page signatures I had made for a functional hinge. Any way I saw it, there would be a larger gap halfway thru the pages to allow the book to be completely opened so I did the following:
Using the same micro suede I cut out two long rectangular pieces that would cover the hinge area. I glued these back to back so the suede would show up on both sides where it would be visible. Next, I had to cut the page signatures I had already done in half. The cut thread areas were dabbed with super glue to avoid the pages from un-stitching...
 The rectangular suede piece was glued in, and then the page pieces on their respective sides...


In the image below you can see the imperfect angled signatures I was trying to avoid, but it doesn't look that bad!
Once the pages were securely attached came giving them a little trimming! they were cut by just placing a metal edged ruler over them and slicing thru half of the pages with an x-acto...
 Went thru and dirtied up the golden areas and attached closing hinge...
 And that's about it!
 There was no time to stage this one since I had to personally deliver this guy the next day so I just did a bit of quick photoshop work on the background!



Overall, this as a pretty fun project to work on and I ended up loving it!
Thank You for viewing and go out there and create something!

Atlantis: Shepherd's Journal 2

Next steps for this piece were the long awaited ones for me!
 Using thin aluminum sheets, I cut out the pieces need for both covers and went on to sand them using a 220 sand paper to give the surface a brushed finish...Started by inking in the design on the hardcovers and using it as a guide to super glue the pieces you see in the images above and below...

 First thing to glue down was the brown micro suede which I weathered a bit using black diluted acrylic and bleach. (bleach worked wonderfully!)

 The micro suede was cut and glued down, making sure to avoid covering the magnets. (At this point the magnets were already glued in)
At this time all the metal pieces were dirtied up using an iron paint used for outdoor sculptures... I started by super gluing the metal pieces to the back cover since it was the simplest to work on. The piece with the diamond was glued down first, then the frame.



 No images on this: Before the tabs were folded over, I glued in the inner lining of the covers using a pearl paper that was lightly stained with coffee to match the pages...
Next up was work on the cover. This one would have its metal pieces wrap around the hinge rod.
 The aluminum strip was shaped around the metal rod and glue to its back...(if that makes sense?)
 Two other ones were made in the same manner. These would be spray painted gold and attached to the back cover...
 The framing metal piece would also be directly attached to the hinge rod so the ends were also curved over as seen below...

 ...quick test on the hinge...
 Oh! and here you get a glimpse of the added wood filler to the rod ends!
 From the image above, the two tabs you see flipped to the left are the ones that would be sprayed gold and attached to the back cover piece...
 at this point the pearl paper for the inner lining was glued in and allowed me to go ahead and fold the metal tabs over...the metal frames were glued down using the E6000 and lots of butterfly clips to clamp it down while it dried...
 Thumb tacks were sanded and spray painted; it's pointy end was cut out and then they were ready to be glued on...






 and just like that the cover pieces are ready for the rod!
Final steps and images will be up on the next post!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Atlantis: Shepherd's Journal 1

Some months ago a friend of mine commissioned me to do The Shepherd's Journal from Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire. It took quite a while to complete since I was working on it while I was finishing up the last semester to earn my Bachelor's and my almighty Thesis Project along with it. The sporadic progress was to spread out to bother making any updates but these are now bundled up and here they are! And I must add, it was very exciting to do!
First, came a bit of research. Looked up how the original book was designed based on the animated movie aswell as how other fellow artisans have created their own Shepherd's Journal. Once that was done and consulted with my friend, construction was a go!
I started with cutting down and staining the pages. These were lightly stained with diluted coffee and a few drops of black acrylic.
 Next up, was cutting the hardcovers out of hardboard (1/8th thickness) to a total of four pieces; two of which you see in the image below.
 The pages would be stitched and then placed on the slanting pieces of the spine; thus the paper was left wider than needed to later be cut down.
 A brown micro suede was chosen for the covers and was also used to sow the signatures together.
 Strips of cardboard were marked and glued in place to keep the page signatures neatly spaced out.
 Placed a foamcore piece behind it and proceeded to punch the holes thru to make sowing easier...

 ...punched thru the signatures...
 ...waxed the thread a bit...
 ...and began the sowing using a long stitch.





Once I had the angle of the pages set I went on to glue the hardboard pieces at the corresponding angle...

 ...filled it up a bit using wood filler and with some sanding, the hardcovers were ready for the next steps!
 I went on to get some of the accessories going at the same time i was working on the cover pieces.
 For the closing mechanism I used a  set of hinges...
 I decided to use both and then cover the joining area with a piece of aluminum sheet...


 ...glued that on...folded over...


 The closing hinge would be permanently attached to the back cover and for the front I went with the some magnet magic! I had these flat round magnets laying around that were perfect and strong enough for the job!
 These would be inlayed into the hardboard cover and further concealed by the cover materials...
 Next came doing a bit of work on the rod. To make the hinge rod functional, it had to be a hard, durable material so I decided on doing my shopping in the curtain rod section until I found the perfect one!
 The ends of the rod already had the nice rounded end that needed to be modified a bit later...
 ...cut the end pieces shorter...
 ...cut the aluminum rod to size..

 Proceeded to sand off the ends...seems I don't have progress images on the next steps for these guys but what came next was adding on wood filler at the tip and around the lower portion. It was then sanded down and carved a bit to resemble the original shepherd's journal rod...
And this post is getting long enough so more on the progress in the next post!
Thank you for viewing!