Each of the four sections has three folios - the inner one with the 'story' I am trying to tell about my father, the middle pages are embossed with marks and initials and the outer pages will be stitched with metallic thread in patterns that suggest the wave lines left in the sand as the tide recedes.
I have had great fun making marks into the back of the shim and then sanding the fronts. The raised sections made by the marks seem to shine above the dulled background. You can see below that having taken apart the metal book cover, I have made an insert which I will glue back in as the box is reconstructed. I am happy with the way it personalises the cover and also ties in with marks I have made inside the book.
This page above represents the tombstone ...... a symbol of death. I have engraved part of Dylan Thomas's 'Do Not Go Gently ....' into the top half. I wrote and overwrote the poem so that is obscure but I do love the marks it has left on the front surface. An epitaph of sorts.
It has been lovely having this book to blog about as I have been fairly focussed the last couple of weeks. I won't go on about it anymore and till Fiona and I have our book meeting day later this month.
I am hoping to finish the book today and put it behind me. Move on to other things. Already I am thinking about other things I can make using the embossed aluminium ..... and there is always the copper shim I have lying around. I wonder if you can paint successfully on it ....... I know some of my copper has the remnants of printing ink left on it and that looks subtle and wonderful. Will play around some more but if any of you have painted on or done something unusual with shim, please let me know.