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Book purse

Book purses were mentioned on here a little while back. I thought you might like to see the one I made. It's a nice accessory for the librarian side of steampunk!

I had my eye on some attractively bound Reader's Digest Condensed Books (I have no pity for them) that were in the local library book sale, but wanted a little more space than one book could give me. So I made a box-type purse out of three.

I started by cutting out the attractive endpapers for future use, then coated the text block edges with thinned-down school glue (using wax paper to keep them separate from the covers). Use plenty of weights on the books while they dry or they will warp! I then hollowed out the text blocks, as well as the bottom cover of the top book, both covers of the middle book, and the top cover of the bottom book. I gave the interiors of the text blocks several cots of thinned down glue, then glued them to their respective covers with school glue (leaving the top cover unglued to act as the lid of the purse. E6000 glue was used to glue the stacked books together into a solid block.

The handle is a leather belt with a nice buckle from a thrift store. To get good sharp bends as it wraps around the books, wet it down first and clamp it, then let it dry. E6000 glue holds it in place. You could use rivets to form the handle loop, but I just punched a couple of holes in the leather and used buttons tied together through the holes with string.

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As the final touch, I lined it with some stiff cardboard and then the endpapers I had saved aside. Several coats of Future floor polish provide a protective clear finish.

At $4 plus glue it's a fun, inexpensive project!


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Mar. 12th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Found it through StumbleUpon ^^ Gorgeous little purse~
Mar. 22nd, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
I don't find a contact point for you or I could tell you how to stop any bandwidth theft due to hot-linking. Presumably you don't care if the bandwidth is coming from actual visitors -- that should be a goal.
Apr. 20th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
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You're being stumbled dear, it gets everyone cool in the end. It's kind of a mixed blessing. ^_^
Oct. 26th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
you're on BoingBoing now too!


this is the best thing ever and i'm TOTALLY making one asap.

Oct. 27th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
I love this.
Oct. 26th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
I like this idea so much better than the one-volume types of book purses (said a couple years later). I wish you'd open an Etsy site and make them for all the lazy people like me :)
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