24 February 2011
Branden's Rune Companion
As promised, here is the book companion that goes along with the deer antler runes I made for Branden. All of the information was hand written on cardstock. The cover is plastic from old advertisements at Food Lion covered in a thick black fabric.
The binding was the hardest thing to figure out. I had the pages all written by the time his birthday came around, but no clue on how to bind it together. I had a wonderful journal that I had bought from either Borders or Barnes&Noble that showed the stitching on the spine. I had really loved the way it looked and decided that's how I wanted to bind Branden's book...just to figure out how. It took a slow-paced video on YouTube by an older gentleman that only spoke Italian to help me figure it out. It wasn't exactly what I wanted, but I was able to use what he showed me and make up the rest as I went. It's much easier than keeping all the page sets handy when he wants to do a casting!
It just took a quick drilling of holes into the plastic, poking holes through the folded paper with a thick needle, and a long strand of sinewette. The actual binding didn't take that long, and was quite easy once I got a few passes down. And it was a much cleaner process than worrying about binding glue!
The symbols on the front are done by hand as well, they're just the circle of runes and the symbol he uses as his signature. I wouldn't mind doing another book like this. I think next time, I'll just print off the pages rather than write all of them by hand.