Deerskin Note Books

It has been a while since there have been any miniature books posted here.  It has been a while since I’ve had a chance to make any!  These are from the fall, when there were no art classes and no roofs needing roofing.  Both are a bit bigger than what I usually make – these are miniatures rather than micro minis.  They’ll still fit in the palm of your hand, but only one at a time.

They are cut from the same hide, very soft and malleable deer hide.  They have the usual sewn binding and silk embroidery floss headbanding.  The magnetic clasps click together with a satisfying snap and there are many pages so it will last a while.

The first one has an original watercolour scene of St. Charles’ Mission down at Dunvegan and the second has a marker drawing of a fall tree.  DSCF0002 DSCF0006

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Dragons!

DSCF9005  People are crazy about dragons, and who wouldn’t be drawn to a book that looks back at them?  The Dragons miniature book is a best seller and, for once, people are judging the books by their covers.  The inside content is the same in each, but every cover is a unique handcrafted creation.

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Deerskin and an olive eye, bookmarked with bronze chain with a horn ball.

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Ostrich skin (very dragonish) with a glowing green eye and a tear drop bookmark.

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A mystical eye peers out from the red pigskin. This one has an Austrian crystal dangler.

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Eel skin, recycled from a wallet. It’s far easier to do fine detailing on eel skin.

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The blue ones are all lambskin taken from a bomber jacket – a fabulous find in a junk shop! This one has an iridescent eye and a pearl drop.

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An old-style doll’s eye with the spokes. This one has lots of ribs on the spine.

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This one has an eye made with watercolours and pens, like the pig skin one. It’s difficult to photograph it and show the depth and variation of colour… just like a gem.

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Rhinestone studs 🙂

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Soft black leather; so soft the sculpting underneath didn’t show well so I added some detailing on top. The eye is a Suncatcher craft eye.

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Gold detailing helps the skin pattern (wrinkles!) show up better.