winchester-gospel

The angel Castiel was much distressed, for he sought the lord God yet knew not where to search.

The Righteous Man perceived this and said in jest “Seek the lord God in the land of New Mexico, for I hear he is on a tortilla”

But, lo, the angel Castiel did not understand this jest and gave consideration to the Righteous Man’s suggestion.

Then he spake and said “Nay, he resides not on any flat-bread” and an awkward silence did fall.

Chuck 5:02

Book transformation tutorial!

Some time ago I made a DVD box from a book, and someone asked for a tutorial, so at last: a slightly rushed tutorial :)

First, let me start of by quoting my chemistry teacher: “Read through ALL the instructions before you start”. This is very important – I know from experience, because I did not follow my own instructions when making this. It resulted in a lot of annoying complications that you hopefully will be spared xD

Things you’ll need:

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  • A hardcover book (make sure that the cover will act nicely when glue is applied)
  • Paint (I use gold and black)
  • Water based glue (I used glue for wood)
  • Paperclay (or any kind of light weight air-drying clay)
  • Fabric
  • Brushes
  • A cup
  • A knife
  • An embossing pen (or something like it)
  • A piece of cardboard 

Step 1: Wrap the cover + the first few pages in plastic.

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Step 2: Mix the glue with water (about 25-50% water) and apply it to the side of the books pages. 

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(Look I forgot to wrap the cover + the first pages!  I will regret this later you wait and see!)

 

Step 3: Put something heavy on top of the book, and let it dry.

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Repeat step 2 and 3 a few times (at least 5 if you want to be sure – but maybe more is needed depending on the book size)

 

Step 4: If you want the sides of the pages to have another color now would be the right time to apply a thin layer of paint. If you like the color (or in my case: the pattern) of the pages you can just skip this step.

 

Step 5: Now decide how big you want the hole in the book (I advise you to have a frame that is at least 1cm thick on all sides)

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Step 6: Now that it’s done some of the pages might come apart – glue them back together again, and apply some of the glue-water mixture to the inside of the frame.

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Step 7: Put something heavy on top of the book (I used  a chair) and wait till the glue has dried.

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Step 8: Mix some of the clay with a bit of water, and use it to even out the inner part of the frame.

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It should end up looking something like this:

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Step 9: Paint the frame black inside (or whatever color your fabric is). This is just in case your fabric is see-through.

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Step 10: Apply a THIN layer of glue on top of the paint. (I applied too thick a layer, which meant it seeped through the fabric)

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Then apply the fabric - Make sure the edges of the fabric is folded to give a nice finish.

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This is how it will end up looking – don’t worry we will hide away the ugly edges. 

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Step 11: Glue the piece of cardboard on the front of the book – it should be about 1cm smaller than the cover it self. (This will allow you to emboss things on the cover later).

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Step 12: Time to find the paperclay and use it to make ridges on the side of the book. Make sure not to make them too high or it will give you problems later (I made them too high, just wait and see)

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Step 13: Cut a piece of fabric that is big enough to cover the book.

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Step 14: Start by gluing the fabric to the back (remember to use a THIN layer of glue), and then wrap the fabric around. 

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(Close the book a get ready to move on.)

 

Step 15: Glue the fabric to the side of the book – use the edge of a ruler to create nice clean edges.

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Step 16: Great now turn the book and … oh… if you see this, you have made the ridges too high, or not held the fabric tight enough when gluing it too the side.

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a) If you don’t see this – congratulations you’ve done it right! Just repeat step 14 with the front of the book.

b) If your fabric does have these annoying wrinkles, fear not. You can try redoing it, but it might result in a few issues, or you can improvise and arrange the wrinkles in a way you like. 

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Step 17: Now that the front is looking alright, time to tug away those last small flaps of fabric. You simply apply a bit of glue and tug them away in that convenient space between the cover and the pages, as seen below.

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(It’s beginning to look like something now right?)

 

Step 18: Inside  the book, glue some black fabric on the back, and then glue the pages on top of it! (see what happens if the layer of glue is too thick, ugly white-ish stripes on the fabric!).

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Step 19: Now if you covered everything in plastic before you started gluing the pages, you have two choices  If you didn’t, you will have to go for option b).

a) Use those extra pages you set aside in the beginning to cover the fabric and make a nice finish (this is the easiest way). 

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b) Make a frame in paper – looking something like the picture. It is as wide as two pages, with a hole that matches with the one in the book.

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Step 20: Get hold of some embossing tools and go crazy. If you had to deal with folds in the fabric, this would be the perfect time to try and make them look more planed xD

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(Uhhh it looks like a book now!)

 

Step 21: Last but not least – time to splash around with some paint!

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(Look, the folds look almost intentional now! xD)

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There you go – now find something to hide in the book!

so the other day i was talking to my super religious aunt who tends to assume everyone is just as religious as she is and she asks me:

‘What’s your favorite gospel?’

and I smirked and said,

'The Winchester gospel.’

she looked incredibly confused and then my dad interrupted and changed the subject while smirking and rolling his eyes at me.

fun times.