I measured my Kindle and cut some 2 mm cardboard for the covers and some slightly thinner one for the spine. For the front cover I made a debossed design similar to the red Carta Fiorentina journal from my last post.
|In this picture the cardboard is ready to be covered with leather.|
I used fountain pen ink again with good results, specifically Herbin Ambre de Birmanie.
|Ink is rubbed into the leather with cotton balls (I'd advise wearing gloves)...|
|... let dry, then rubbed again with clear water. The dye is worked into the surface, excess dye is removed, making sure the fingers stay clean when handling the finished product.|
|Rinse and repeat until the results are satisfactory. As long as you don't soak the leather it will take this procedure quite well.|
Leather is awesome for bookbinding but it comes with a catch: It's usually a little too thick and stiff, especially when covering the corners. To avoid bulky corners it helps to pare the leather down a bit, making it thinner and more pliable.
To do this you can use all sorts of knives and machinery. I like this little toy which is called a leather skiver:
|A tool to peel leather like an apple. Works best with veg tanned leather.|
The inside is covered with bookcloth and marbled paper. The Kindle is attached using double-sided tape. I used bookcloth underneath it so the tape can be replaced without ripping anything.
|Debossed design on the front cover|
After the dying procedure the leather usually looks a little matte. With this one I didn't use any finisher products but it did regain some sheen with use from rubbing and hand oils.
I gave this one to my Mom meanwhile to replace her machine made cover. She especially likes the feel of the leather.