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Another Bible cover delivered recently as a repeat order from a client who purchased a similar cover for a different Bible some months ago. Actually, the Bible was first restored by an experienced book binder friend ofmine, who replaced the soft cover seen to the left in the picture below, before I started work on the leather cover.

Leather is a factory dyed (painted?) "Italian shoe upper leather" according to the seller, and measures 1.5mm thick. Edge done with a locally available water based "belt edge" paint and finished with beeswax and a good rub with a piece of denim.

Tooling done on a separate piece of 1.2mm vegtan, using only a beveler and modelling tool, i.e. no swivel knife used. Tooling lines traced with a black felt tipped pen before a mid-brown dye was applied by hand with a scrap of shearling.

All stitching by hand (as with all my projects), in this case using a Chinese acrylic three strand "upholstery thread" in mid-brown to match the dye on the tooling piece.

Feedback welcome.


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Beautiful work!


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