I was recently asked to make a fake old book for a friend. Well, what she really wanted was like an old Bible to display on top of her dresser.
If you’ve been following me for a while then you know I love challenges, and this request was a huge one for me. I had never done any, and it wasn’t something it appealed to me very much so it wouldn’t have been ever on my project to do list. Anyway, she wanted it because she wanted to display it on top of her dresser and didn’t want to damage a real Bible.
But, it was a special request and here’s where the challenge starts. How was I going to make something new look like old and used? I googled and I found some tutorials explaining how to do it. I took a little bit of one and little bit of another and make my own version.
I also looked for some images, but I didn’t like them because they were thought to use for codex but not for a Bible, until I came across with some old pages from a real Bible. Perfect!
It was time to look for something I could start with, and Miss A gave me an outdated planner she had.
I have to tell you something, the next step seems to last forever! Just in case you want to try… then you can’t blame me.
Let’s see how to fake an old book
I splited the planner in half and had to crumple each page, one by one. This was going to give volume to the book.
I survived. Yes! But the fun just started. Now I had to glue EACH page together, can you believe it? I took a small container and mixed white glue with water in a 50-50 ratio, and brushed each page with that mix. As soon as I glued them together they lost some volume, but that seemed fine.
It was so boring I thought about ways of speeding up the process and tried to spray the glue. Big fail! I had to keep brushing them with the glue.
When it was done, I left it to dry completely for some days.
The next step was to paint the back white. I used my homemade chalk paint as it adheres to everything. When it was dry I applied more glue mix and I added kitchen napkins to create some creases and give it the appearance of old leather.
After it dried, I rubbed some dark wax.
Let it dry (again), a day or so was enough.
It was time to add the old pages. I glued them on place, and let them dry. Then I used silver paint for the sides and added some bitumen of Judea. It was beginning to look like as an old book, right?
It had a wonderful shiny finish!
I used some leftover of glue and a pencil to bend the corners and a hairdryer to speed up the process.
I also added some trimming.
Doesn’t it look like a real old book?
And it was finally done! I was so happy because she liked it very much, I even liked it! It really was worth all the effort.
Hope you like it too 🙂
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