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May 4, 2008

Free at last…

Filed under: Chameleon, Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:17 am

For a little while anyway.

Good morning readers.

I’m back from the final exam abyss. I feel like I have been in park mode the past two weeks preparing final projects and for exams. It’s all done now and I feel that I did pretty well.

As promised, here’s a few pics of the big honking book and box that I did for my Visual Arts Foundations class.

The box houses both the book and the set of boards that we made throughtout the semester.

The book is approx. 14.25″ wide by 11.25″ high and 2″ thick. The binding is a modified stiff leaf structure. The book and box are covered in Onasburg cotton with a leather spine on the book and the same leather used for the straps on the box.

The block was created first with matboard and tyvek and the printed pages were mounted to the block pages. Then the whole thing was trimmed before covering. I had to break out my plough to trim this baby as it was too big to fit in the guillotine.


I wish I had taken some photos during construction but I was too busy just trying to get it done. It took three days of almost continual work to get this put together. I learned alot things as I was putting it together. I’ll post about it in a thread over on the forum in the near future.

You can find instructions for the basic stiff leaf structure in this book.

Now that school’s over for the summer, I’ll be concentrating on cleaning my workspace, finishing up some tutorials that have been on the backburner, adding more accessories to the Chameleon page and preparing for a few art shows this fall.

I’ll be updating the Chameleon order page with new scans of leather and lining color examples. I’ll also be offering them in vinyl as well as imitation leather for those folks that prefer something other than leather.

I’m now in the process finishing up a few custom Chameleons that will be going out in the mail tommorrow. I also did a preliminary watch of the Bookbinding Guy’s DVD. I’m planning on watching it again this afternoon (have to wrestle the TV away from other members of the clan first) and having a review out the first of the week.

Here’s a photo of a custom custom Chameleon I made recently for a client. They wanted a Chameleon with a flap.

I added the pen loop inside so that the pen is protected by the cover.

Of note…

I got an email from one of the new Chameleon owners, Pascal in France. He sent a few photos of his Chameleon on an adventure in the desert (Ouarzazate).

He promises to also send along some sketches from his trip. Very cool!

I hope everyone has a great day!

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  1. Hi Jackie

    Your book and box are amazing, I love the colour scheme too. Seriously professional look you must be very pleased with how it turned out.

    I like the chamelion with the flap stops the page edges getting wrecked in transit as you travel, great idea.

    Best wishes

    Billie xx

    Comment by Billie — May 5, 2008 @ 1:07 pm
  2. Lovely honkin’ book, Jackie! :) It’s gorgeous. I also really like the custom Chameleon - I’m sure Pascal will fill it with interesting tidbits from his trip!

    Comment by lapaperie — May 5, 2008 @ 4:33 pm
  3. Thank you again for the wonderful job with the custom Chameleon. You got the flap exactly the way we wanted it. It works wonderfully to protect the fountainpen and keep things together. I’ll post over on Flickr when I get a chance to take photos of the set up. Thanks, again.

    Comment by Tina — May 9, 2008 @ 1:41 am
  4. I posted some images in this Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29786477@N00/sets/72157605026877568/

    Comment by Tina — May 13, 2008 @ 12:00 am
  5. Jackie,
    Your honkin’ box is very fine!
    I would like to make small keepsake boxes for special -very special-gifts. Could you tell me where I might find personal instruction in boxmaking? Once I am proficient, I want to make boxes for the women of Magdalene(see: http://www.thistlefarms.org/founder/html).
    Thank you in advance for your advice,
    Mary in Nashville

    Comment by Mary Thorstad — May 13, 2008 @ 10:28 am

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