Leather bound books, lab notebooks, adventure journals, photo albums, etc

I’ve been fascinated with making leather bound books of all types. I know it has been explored a little bit here Refillable Leather Journal
and here
Leather Sketchbook

I would like to be able to use them in capturing my research data in one place. A laboratory notebook has so many additional items stuffed into it like analysis charts, chromatograms, etc and it would be nice if I could engrave this info in the inside of the notebook and archive the loose data elsewhere. Then I could customize the outside to look cool and reflect some aspect of the research. I have attached a few images of books to get your creative juices flowing.



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That is exactly the kind of things I want to do. Hope I don’t kill my filter too fast burning all the leather. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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Yep. Keep in mind, too, that you don’t have to laser the leather directly. Make some delrin stamps, run your damp veg tan and the stamp through a press, and you can do some amazing embossing.

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This artist creates some incredible leather books. Some of his(?) pieces are quite dark, but even if they’re not your style, the workmanship is impeccable and inspiring: http://www.alexlibris-bookart.com

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The steam punk gas mask is cool.

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I wonder if acrylic would work as an embossing die? Be a lot cheaper than Delrin/acetal.

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I had actually been considering how to do a cover remake for 3 ring binders, which can be picked up cheaply.

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It would be worth trying, but I’m guessing it would be too fragile for most presses to not break. Nice that you could at least flame-polish the finish, though.

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