Miniature book you can read!

Always been a fan of miniature books (or books in general, and miniatures in general).

I think I fell in love one vacation in Italy in the late ’60’s and agonizing about my (sparse) souvenir money and how best to spend it. When I stumbled on one of these, that was it.

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They usually held a strip of tightly folded up mini photo cards of whatever tourist spot you were in. The next few years, I would collect those with a passion. In school I would not only write my own short stories, but attempt to make it into a mini booklet, with small handwriting and stitching. In the ’70’s my mini booklets would be a little bigger, but I remember picking up a few no bigger than 3” - with gold edges no less!

In mid 2000 I found Paperminis, and I made a whole library load full of books - in a room box the size of a shoe box - most of which have pages with text and pictures.

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So it should come as now surprise I’ve been plotting how to accomplish making miniature books with the Glowforge since I bought mine more than two years ago now. I have some mobility limitations so sewing paper spine or leather was out.

First I worked on this notebook with a living hinge, that was a start.

Then covering a block with engraved leather looks ok too, but no readable pages.

Finally, I had not one, but two lightbulb moments…

Engraving on double sided cardstock to reveal the white.

Secondly, I thought of Levenger’s Circa system which I’ve been a fan of for years. What if I can design my own rings?

So came a lot of testing of rings, of card stock, of leather…


I had the most difficulty with the gold paint on leather. It kept leaking out. I finally used blue scotch painters tape with much better results. I picked the story of The Princess on the Pea, because I love a good fairy tale, and it was short.

To top it off, I added a wooden cover design to protect the booklet. Through a trade with @ElsieH , she did a mother-of-pearl inlay for me that looks stunning. Thanks, @ElsieH !

My dream of being able to create a miniature booklet you can read and turn the pages - all made on the Glowforge - has finally been realized!

Darn, forgot the quarter pic… the pages are 3" high.

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Love it! Anything else you come up with that you want me to inlay for you, let me know, that was so much fun!

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Ohhhh, thanks! Our trade was a lot of fun! :heart_eyes:

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I have been playing with the thought as a box hinge, but that is still in progress.

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I love it! Very cute!

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Fantastic!

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How wonderful! It’s hard to say what i love most about this…

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All of this is just way too cool. Fantastic job.

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Thanks, @rbtdanforth, @evermorian, @dklgood, @gooddog, @ovm.steve!

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Your little projects are some of the things I thought I might be doing with the laser also.

Maybe one of these days I’ll get there. I’ll enjoy your creations until then.

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Thanks! Well, you still have a day job that interferes… and that you also enjoy! :rocket:

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Nice work there Lady! The detail in that reading room miniature is amazing. The oriental rugs, the brass drawer pulls, the chair nail work…:star_struck:

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Thanks, @PrintToLaser! That was another fun project, but pre Glowforge…

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I think I recall you had posted it a while ago, it’s just as awesome as the first time I saw it. I think I see more detail everywhere I look!

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YOU are amazing…and your miniatures are amazing. Great job!

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Thanks, @Xabbess! I just love finding ways to use my Glowforge.

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These are so fun! Who doesn’t love a good book! Love your library. I could just sit in the chair and read all day.

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Oh, very cool and cute! My favorite is the blue one. I’ve tried to do gold on leather and it is not easy.

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That is amazing work, and also today I learned that your title is more accurate to the original.

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Thanks, @ptodd, it is my favorite of all the room boxes I’ve made too.

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