Sam Castner comes through again! I recently asked Sam to flatten a small, incised, brass coaster. I knew it would be easy for him since he has a press that will smash anything by putting a gazillion pounds of pressure on it. At the same time, I gave him some brass drinking cups that had split their sides. These had been brought home from India by my mother in the 1970s. I gave him carte blanche with the cups – just saying to do something with them. Since he was smushing (is too a word) my coaster, he decided to smush the cups also. Brilliant. Here is the result:
All of these will be used as ornaments for books or boxes. If you have a special desire for one, let me know and I can work to order. When Sam delivered these, he also brought some other goodies. I’m overwhelmed with the possibilities.
I’ve also been back at cleaning out junk and treasures that I’ve collected or inherited over the years and always keep an eye out for anything I can use on my books or boxes. Last week, I was really on a tear and besides getting rid of piles of stuff, rescued these for reuse.
The last of my finds came from my aunt who lived in French Morocco (now Morocco) in the early 1950s.
These cases or wraps seem to have been made to protect books or hold papers. I’m not sure what the large one was for. It’s much to big for a book. I’m thinking about using the leather in some way to create covers for my blank books, but I may change my mind. The vellum prayer was with the leather, but I think that was just happenstance. It looks to me like modern English work. It is on parchment, but not old. Maybe something my mother bought when she was studying illumination in England in the late 1950s, but I really don’t know. Not a clue how to use it, but it’s neat.
Moral is it pays to clear out the junk!
Even if it does add to the “have to make” pile.