I always loved Google Books not because I like books or reading too much, but because it's so rich and unique corpus. Try searching for the 16-th century anatomy, geography, medicine, or alchemy books and see what is out there. Looking at those books you can see that earth used to be different place compared to now. Most of those books are in latin or old german/italian/french, none of which I understand, which is I always hunt for illustrated books. Inspired by those I decided to make leather sleeve for my iRiver Story HD (same procedure applies for any other kind of device). The must was that no swing is needed as I do not know how to sew. I recently joined TechShop, and took Laser Cutting Class, so as firts project I decided to make this my first project. Here are the steps:
- Get inspiration:
I choose Petri Bellonii Cenomani De aquatilibus featured in one of BiblyOdissey posts. It was printed in 1553 and has cool illustrations which wanted to use.
- Measure your device:
The iRiver Story HD is 7.5in x 5in, so size of my sleeve was made so I can fit in device (outline of design was 8.5in x 6.5in, so extra 0.5in on each side).
- Fire up Ilustrator and create design:
This was rather easy. Vectors for both back and front side are the same and were created by having rounded corner rectangle for base, and on left right and bottom side I had sequence of holes (1/8in diameter eyelets) (Note: Epilog Helix laser cutter treats lines of 0.001pt thickness and lower as vectors, which is why where you want to have cut you will need to have vector). On top of each of design I've put raster image (selected black and white graphic). Raster photos I cut-pasted from PDF of the book. To obtain PDF of clean images I used Google Books 'PDF' button (in viewing mode look at the top right side there will be down arrow and PDF written next to it). Overview of designs is shown below:
- Get Leather:
My wife got cheap leather for me, from Franks Leather , which was ~$4 per square feet. And leather lace which was $0.25 per feet.
- Make it Burn aka, fire-up the lazer:
Now that you have design and you got materials ready. Just print your design using laser printer (yes you have to figure out printing parameters yourself as different materials require different settings). Below is video of laser cutting phase:
- Wash, dust off char:
As laser cutting is a lot of burning material your peace will smell on burning, you you might want to wash it, dry it, and treat it so it gets soft again. You can use suede leather protector spray for example.
- Connect the peaces and there you are:
Put back and front face so graphics face outside and eyelets align. Simply take lace and pass-it through the eyelets.
- Start using it :-) :
Now you have one of a kind sleeve, the true piece of history.