Dremel sample books

As promised, here’s a look at the sample books I made during my adventures in The Amazing Dremel workshop with Jill Timm. I decided to name the books d1 and d2 for a simple reason – I now have two sample books. As I create new samples, my sequel book will be named d3.

Dremel sample books

Jill gave us raw bookboard for the covers, but I took it further by carving them and covering them in Lokta paper. And yes, I used my Dremel to do it (I knew you were going to ask me that).

I started by creating outlines with an X-Acto knife, then peeled away a few layers of the board by hand. I used the Dremel with a pink aluminum oxide grinding stone to even out the surface of the removed board. Lastly, I used a bone folder to burnish the surfaces.

It took some work to get the Lokta into all of the recessed areas. The surfaces of these areas weren’t completely smooth and the Lokta showed every bump, but I decided that I was okay with it and I’m now referring to it as “intentional texture”.

The pages are made of paper CD envelopes.

Dremel brass sample

I love this idea and think it’s a great storage solution for flat items. I used alphabet stamps to identify the sample enclosed in each envelope. I had considered embellishing the envelopes more, but I think I’m going to leave them as they are.

Dremel glass sample

We used a Zutter Bind-it-All to put everything together. After playing with this tool, I realized that I had to have one for myself. Yes, it is now mine.

More images of the book:

Dremel bookboard sample

Dremel steel sample

Dremel sample book notes

The last page holds a book we used for recording tips learned in class. The pages are currently unbound, but I plan to bind them using a pamphlet stitch.


2 Responses to “Dremel sample books”

By velma - 13 September 2010 Reply

this is such a great solution to the problem of handling the samples–you have a safe house for each one but you can touch and mess around with your samples as needed. nicely done!
–been thinking of you–

By Elissa - 28 September 2010 Reply

Velma –

I wish I could take credit for the sample book format, but that was all Jill Timm’s design.

You’re such a sweetheart. 🙂 I’m working hard on getting back into the swing of things. Once you’ve stopped blogging for a while, it’s hard to get back into the habit.


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