Crafting a Tome

31 Jul , 2011,
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What do these items have in common? Well, they're gonna be turned into tome fodder! XD

In any fantasy story, powerful practitioners of the magical arts are often equipped with tomes of eldritch lore – spellbooks that contain the entirety of their knowledge.

But for all their arcane might, there’s one thing us cosplayers know that wizards don’t. That’s how to make a convincing facsimile, and that tome crafting can be as easy as refurbishing an old book, or sandwiching a sheaf of papers between two pieces of EVA foam sheets.

This tutorial will take you through the process, which will take approximate 45 minutes to complete.

Stuff you’ll need: 

1. An old book or lots of paper, cut to size.

2. Some EVA foam

3. Some leather scraps

4. A piece of embossing foil

5. Some embellishments

You’ll also need a craft knife, scissors, craft glue and a cutting board.

Step 1:

Crease and fold the cover of the book against its fold lines. Then use a piece of tape to reinforce the cover.

Press it down...

Then stick some tape on it.

Step 2:

Using either tape or craft glue, join the frontispiece and back page to the front and back covers respectively.

Using double sided tape here. XD

Join those pages together like so.

Step 3:

It’s time to do some cutting. Cut out a piece of EVA foam large enough to wrap around your book or paper sheets. You’ll be making a paper “sandwich” with them. Cut into three pieces – one for the front cover, one for the back cover, and one for the spine. Apply craft glue, and stick them in place.

You want something about this big.

On goes the glue...

Spread it out nice and neat.

Paste on each piece of EVA foam one at a time...

Trim to size.

You'll eventually end up with something like this.

Step 4:

Cut out a large enough piece of leather to go around the beefed up book. Wrap and stretch, so the leather fits snugly. Using glue, affix it to the EVA foam and leave to dry.

Piece of leather, cut to size.

Wrap it all up, and glue everything into place.

You're essentially done! It's just decorating next.

Step 5:

Cut out a piece of embossing foil, and paste it on the front cover of your tome using craft glue. Repeat the same for the back cover of your tome, then add on embellishments to create intricate designs on the cover.

In this case, we’ve decided to steampunk it up, but anything goes. Just use your imagination!

And voila~! A tome of your own!