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Handmade Necronomicon

PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:26 pm
by Wordcraftian
Well, it's not exactly a Necronomicon per se. In my imagination, this piece belongs to one of my characters, Solomon, who is a collector of paranormal memorabilia and cannot get his hands on a full copy of the grimoire. So he is satisfied by picking up the odd page here and there where he can. He protects them dearly with legal sized, heavy gauge page protectors and keeps them safely tucked in this custom made leather binder.

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In reality, just four hours earlier, this was a simple black binder from Walmart. Leather and pendants were purchased from a local craft store.

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I acquired these pages on Ebay, there are 36 in total. All are hand weathered and stained individually. No two pages are exactly the same. I later learned, there was some controversy between the store that sold the pages, and the artist with whom some of these designs originated (Zarono, I believe is the artists name). Needless to say, these are no longer available anywhere that know of. Similar pages with some of the same art can be found on Zarono's Etsy site:http://www.etsy.com/shop/zarono

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I'm not the most craft oriented person, but I had a lot of fun designing and putting this together! My fundamentalist Christian parents weren't all that impressed... :roll:

Re: Handmade Necronomicon

PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:40 pm
by Howard
I like it, and your enthusiasm for the project. Old books are so appealing. I bounce all over town to every book store looking for the weird. Cheers :)

Re: Handmade Necronomicon

PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:14 pm
by Wordcraftian
Thank you! :-)

I'm the same way. I have a weak spot for leather bound tomes, lol.

I can't wait until the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society finishes their replica of Lovecraft's Necronomicon. They usually do really good work and strive for authenticity. I haven't heard anything about it in some time though, I hope they didn't scrap the project...

Re: Handmade Necronomicon

PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:47 pm
by Keeper Jon
Holy crap! That thing is awesome!! I love it.

Re: Handmade Necronomicon

PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:01 pm
by Wordcraftian
Keeper Jon wrote:Holy crap! That thing is awesome!! I love it.


Why thank you, sir! :-)

Re: Handmade Necronomicon

PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:00 am
by Dr. Gerard
Cool! Can you share any tips on how you did the leather cover? Is that glued on as one flat piece across the back? And what is the cool metal piece on the cover?

Re: Handmade Necronomicon

PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:58 am
by Wordcraftian
Sure, well first I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I just kind of winged it, which means I wound up buying entirely too much leather for starters. I used the rings in the binder as an anchor by cutting three small slits in the fabric and hooking them there. After that, I was able to wrap the binder well enough to esimate where I should cut the fabric to fit. Then, I super-glued the leather ... excsessively. I finished by trimming up the excess fabric into "tabs," on the top and bottom, then folded them over and glued them down. You can do extra things to make it look more proffesional I'm sure, but like I said, I just kind of played it by ear.

The silver pendant on the front came from a necklace I found at a thrift store. I took some needle nose pliers and broke off the little loop on top and super glued it there.

I'm really glad that you guys like it. People in the southern part of the bible belt don't seem too keen. :mrgreen:

Re: Handmade Necronomicon

PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:10 pm
by RevMarx
There is no controversy between the creator of some of the artwork (Zarono) used on those pages and the creator of the pages (myself), of which I am aware. Many years ago, Zarono donated several physical art pieces as prizes for the gaming group Rogue Cthulhu. He also sent along digital copies of several of his drawings and gave me permission to use them as I wished (unstated, but presumably also in support of Rogue Cthulhu). These necronomicon pages were produced featuring artwork by Zarono, artwork of my own creation, and digital scans of medieval woodcuts in the public domain, to be used as prizes and also sold to support the ongoing efforts of the Rogue Cthulhu gaming group. I have been in touch with Zarono several times over the years (most recently, about two years ago) and he has never mentioned any controversy over these pages, nor has he rescinded his permission for me to use those images. They are not currently available for sale only because I have not made a new batch to sell in quite some time.

-Rev. Marx
MRXDesigns.com
RogueCthulhu.com