Two facts you should know about me: (1) I love old books, and (2) I love miniature ANYTHING. My bibliophile tendencies date way back…in fact, I’m pretty sure it’s a genetic affliction. And now that I think about it, my obsessions with all things dainty is just as genetic.
So, why not combine these two loves and add in a third obsession- DIY Upcycled Jewelry?
Seeing this idea on House Revivals sent me into a crafting frenzy, and I knew I could tweak and modify it to my personal style…and stash of materials. Because as we all know, I like using things I already have! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Repurposing a Miniature Antique Book
I had already purchased a decrepit old book from the thrift store for a whopping $0.25. It was so dusty and neglected, like the runt of a paperbound litter, that I bought it without any plan in mind. I also had purchased a bag of leather scraps – scraps from tanners, in various shapes, sizes, and textures.
My old thrifted book was perfect for this project- yellowed pages with some already falling out of the spine, and the paper was SO crumbly that tearing it was dangerously easy. In fact, I’m pretty sure you could no longer read this book without destroying it the process.
Starting with a couple of pages, I folded and tore off the blank margins.
Then, I simply tore the page into thin strips, each approximately the same width, to the size I imagined my book pendant to be (roughly 1” wide).
Each strip was folded like a book, with the extra portion of the strip torn off.
I stacked a few of my folded pages together and punched a small hole towards the top in the middle of the fold.
When all pages were punched, I placed one on my leather to figure out how much “cover” my book pendant would need, and cut the leather accordingly.
I punched a small hole through the leather and threaded an open jump ring through it.
Now I was ready to assemble my book pendant! Directly under the punched hole in the leather, I added a few teensy drops of craft glue. Then I threaded one folded book page through the jump ring, pressing along the fold to make sure it connected to the glue-on-leather. I also added small smear of glue to the outside of each of the book pages and pressed them to the insides of each leather half.
Following that first page, I simply added tiny beads of glue to the fold of paper (already threaded through the jump ring) and added one page after another, until I had glued and threaded each of my pages.
Final steps? I closed the jump ring (with jeweler’s pliers) and gently opened my book to the very center (where the jump ring was visible) and glued those pages together. This basically seals in the jump ring. I then glued a few random pages together to achieve my desired “open book” level. I wanted my pendant to be mostly shut, but fanned just enough to seem bookish. Does that make sense?
A Mini Book Revealed!
After all was said and done, I rounded off my book cover corners just a hair…and then I made a bunch more pendants because they are addictive!! (And yes, the House Revivals blogger warned me that this was the case!)
Ok, back to making more pendants!! Craft on!