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Twin binding of The Seventeenth Step


This is it! 
This summer, I had plans. I was going to sew clothes and write lots and and and... and I read Sherlock fanfiction the whole summer. I'm not that surprised, really. One new favourite that I found was katieforsythe's amazing series The Seventeenth step. If you haven't read it already, you've missed something. Book canon, wonderful use of language and lovely characterisation. You can find it here.

The thing is, since the text was so like the books, I felt that it needed to actually be a book. It would fit so well between covers of leather and marbled paper. My fingers itched for a chance to bind it. So I mustered all the courage I had (I'm kinda shy, and absolutely terrified of talking in English to people on internet, especially people I admire) and asked Katie Forsythe for permission to print her works and bind it into a one-of-a-kind book. 

And here it is! 


Note: I'm Swedish, and the bookbinding terms are in most cases roughly translated from swedish. It's very possible some of them are wrong, but as long as you all understand me... :)



This is not the book. This is a box to protect the book. I'm so fond of it that i'm actually considering making a box to protect the box.









Since it's Sherlock Holmes, I just had to make a secret compartment in the spine of the box. There should be a cocaine syringe in there, but there are limits to what I do for my art...





Materials for the box: Cardboard, paste marbled paper, leather.
I marbled the paper myself, this one is inpired by the London fog of the 1880's.







And here's the book! When I printed it out, it was massive. Someone in my class suggested that instead of making it into one single volume, I should make a twin binding of it. The idea suited the text wonderfully well, since the fics are about Holmes and Watson, and a bit about two halves fitting perfectly together.




So this is a twin binding. It looks like two books stacked on top of each other, but as you can see, it's really one volume.







I had to include one of the original illustrations as well.








Since the seventeenth step in the title refers to the 221b Baker Street staircase, I printed the title... well, like a staircase.



Soon I will post another entry about making the book, and how everything is thought through to fit with the text. Thank's for looking, and a million thank to katieforsythe for letting me do this (and for writing such lovely stories).


Edit: The "making of"-post is here.

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tversan
Oct. 7th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
AMAZING!

IT TURNED OUT SO GREAT, You are the most awesome person EVER!
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
I KNOW, RIGHT, BUT SO ARE YOU!!
mremre
Oct. 11th, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)
WOW I wish I knew how to bind books, because I totally want to have something like that on my shelf! ::dreams of various favorite fanfic epics in hardcover::

It's very beautiful, with that embossed/stamped (?) spine, and did you gold-leaf the edge of the pages? How large is the book? Trimming all those pages must have been papercut-city! Really something to be proud of.

Congratulations for the lovely treatment of a wonderful work!
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! And have some answers:

The book is about 20 cm high, printed on A4-sized paper.
The edges are painted with gold for the first part and silver for the second. Theoretichally I know hoe to to it with gold leaf, but I'm absolutely horrible at that (we're going to have a course on it next week, so hopefully I'll get better).

The edges are trimmed in a big and rather evil cutting machine, so it's rather easy actually =)

And thanks again!
spacefall
Oct. 11th, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
Beautiful job!
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
counteragent
Oct. 11th, 2011 11:59 am (UTC)
That's so incredibly gorgeous!!!
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks! <3
travels_in_time
Oct. 11th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
That is amazing. And beautiful!
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! =D
mushroom18
Oct. 11th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD THIS IS JUST GLORIOUS. Katie deserves to have her work on print, and you've done such an amazing, flawless job! I love the box protecting the book, and the little compartment.
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, she really does <3 And thank you so much!
minnow90
Oct. 11th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
/o\
This is SUCH A GOOD job /o\
REALLY, dammit, REALLY.
And you are kinda a genius, for having thought about this! (now I won't sleep a whole night 'til forgetting in some miraculous way something like that exist and I have not one x'D)

*shakes her hand in admiration*
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
Aww, but you have to sleep! I'll make you one! ;)

I only wish I could afford to print and bind ALL THE FANFICTIONS, but well, time and money...
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girl_wonder
Oct. 11th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
Beautiful!
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
snarryfool
Oct. 11th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
That is remarkably lovely. I'd never heard of a twin binding before. And that secret compartment!
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And no, twin bindings are a very... well, they aren't very practical, so it's mora a way of saying "Hey, I'm abookbinder so i can do stuff like this" ;)
selkie
Oct. 11th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
I am speechless! That is just gorgeous.
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, thack you <3
lapillus
Oct. 11th, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous!
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
karadin
Oct. 11th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
that is SO AMAZING! kudos to you!
elarra
Oct. 14th, 2011 07:36 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
lauramcewan
Oct. 11th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
Here via friends - this is absolutely stunning. Gorgeous!
elarra
Oct. 14th, 2011 07:36 am (UTC)
Thank you!
thefourthvine
Oct. 11th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Wow! That is gorgeous, and I love the twin book aspect. Amazing!
elarra
Oct. 14th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
Thank you! I love twin books too, I definately have to make more of them ;)
angrylogic
Oct. 11th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! I went to a book binding night not long ago; it's a wonderful craft ♥
elarra
Oct. 14th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
Yes, it really is =) What did you get to do?
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marycrawford
Oct. 11th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
Wow, you did an amazing job! You could not go into too much detail or post too many pictures as far as I'm concerned. Beautiful work.
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And that's great, I was hoping I hadn't put in too many pictures.
dangerous_47
Oct. 11th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
WOAH. That is amazing.
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Wah, thank you!!!
thingswithwings
Oct. 11th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
oh, this is so beautiful! I adore that story, and your process has really done it justice. Twin binding is a great idea! And the box with the secret compartment is beautiful! If you ever wanted to make these and sell them, I would buy one; it's obviously a work of art about a work of art about a work of art.
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
"work of art about a work of art about a work of art" is my favourite description today <3
Thank you so much!
solara_karrde
Oct. 11th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
Woooooooooooow! That is beautiful!!
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
Squeeee, thank you!!
ree_rhea
Oct. 11th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
OMG! That is the coolest thing EVA! Can't wait to see how you made it! I adore that it has a secret compartment <3
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you!!
ammocat
Oct. 11th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
This is so cool! You did an amazing job! If you made more and sold them I would buy one in an instant xD
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And making one is quite enough, it kind of ate my life for a while there... :P
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redconverse
Oct. 11th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
This is just beautiful! Great work.
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
katead
Oct. 11th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
This is such a lovely idea and is so beautifully thought out and done - it is so gorgeous, I am filled with equal parts of joy and excitement and jealousy
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm filled with equal parts happy, happy and happy right now - thank you so much!
rhipowered
Oct. 11th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
Amazing work!
elarra
Oct. 11th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
infinitemonkeys
Oct. 11th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
That is gorgeous. Bravo.
elarra
Oct. 12th, 2011 08:58 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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