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    ancient book reproduction Question.

    Hey all.

    I have been asked to do a couple of reproductions of 200+ year old leatherbound books for a museum ,one was used to keep track of the baptisms and the other was for keeping track of the deceased .both were used by jessuit missionaries in Baja in the mid 1700's to the late 1800's
    it seems the pages were also leather(goat I think) but extremely thin.
    I remember seeing the Necronomicon done by someone but I cannot remember where.
    Does anybody have any ideas on how to distress leather to this point?
    I was thinking maybe pumice or acid might help.
    any ideas?



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    if anyone has any links that could help ,it would be greatly appreciated

    thanx a bunch .

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    i have no clue actually, but perhaps you can start by trying to make a ball of it, like you would a piece of paper. sorry i can't be off any more help.

    i am however interested in the rest of the proces, if you are willing to share..

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    You could always leave it for 100 years..but on a serious note im afraid i have no idea, it seems very alien to me. Perhaps you should seek the knowledge of someone who understands textiles and materials?
    Id love to make a sketchbook like that!!
    Please keep us updated It sounds like a very interesting project.

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    A quick and simple search for aging leather provided this site...it's not much but it seems like more than what you have already...hope it helps - http://www.alleycatscratch.com/lotr/LeatherS.htm

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    Well for my two cents. Have worked with leather on and off for quite a while. Obviously the pictures shown have leather over leather. To begin distressing it you have to understand how the leather that your going to use was tanned. Something that old was more than likely vegetable tanned leather. I dont know of any acids that would help in this and pumice would only be good for the abraided spots that have worn clear through. Vegetable tanned leather can be degraded by heat and sunlight (perhaps ovens and lamps after roughing it up). There are some other bits of information that may help but i dont know how in depth to go with this reply. Glad to help with what I know. You can email me if you like. feldsparr56@hotmail.com

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    The two biggest enemies of leather are age-drying and water/mildew damage. The rest is mechanical, like scuffing, dirt and wear.

    Try a few samples soaked in water for a couple of hours and then stuff 'em in the oven. Just watch carefully so you don't burn down the kitchen. That might give you a result similar to age-drying. Experiment. You also have the influence of finger grease and dirt in certain areas where the hands would normally fall on the book. Let your face get greasy and dirty by running around in the yard for a while in the sun, then rub your hands over you face and work the oils into the leather where you think it should be. Ad a little graphite or charcoal shavings to the hands first to really get down and dirty, but don't over-do it.

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    Thanx so much for the help you guys.
    It is a really interesting concept .I plan on posting pics on completion.
    I'll appreciate any further ideas or comments.
    limion-I actually started it out like that but all I got were creases.
    mindovermetal-I'll be in contact
    Artiflex-thanx for the link,it had pretty cool ideas.
    MrMan-I'll try your method as a "plan b",lol
    Ilaekae-I actually do run around the yard in the sun constantly,this validates my sanity in my wife's eyes,lol
    thanx for the ideas I'll try anything.
    I haven't even started my 2nd question for the other museum project...a human hair ceremonial cape,it's even weirder than it sounds.I'll keep you posted.

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    i think i saw that once on a show. a barber that made clothes from his customers hair. he made bikini's and coats and stuff.

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    That musta' been one freaky dude.
    at least theese guys were doing it 2000 years ago.

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