I wanted to create a distinct mark on the front cover of my notebook and with lots of time on my hands I looked up debossing a book cover. How hard can it be to create such a look?
Tools and Materials
For the material I’m using galvanised garden wire. This particular wire is 1.35mm in diameter.
The tools are wire cutters, flat nosed pliers, a substantial piece of flat steel, a backing board and two G-clamps.
The basis of my design is my website name glue-it.com
The capital letter G bent out of the wire. Take your time, be prepared to make some mistakes.
I thought I would do a trial and lay the letters out stuck to parcel tape.
The parcel tape was laying sticky side up on the steel backing plate. The tap was pulled taught with a piece of tape applied the correct way round at each end.
Gradually whilst say watching TV I bent up all of the letters out of wire. They don’t really follow a font as such, but this is a trial.
Clamping the Letters
Here you need a lot of clamping force for the actual process of Debossing a Book Cover. These G-clamps are at the maximum tightness I could apply. I’m using a piece of 9mm MDF as backing material.
I moved the clamps back and forth along the metal bar.
As you may have seen on my gallery page, I make lots of different items, this was a simple make and very rewarding. Even if it wasn’t perfect, we all have to start somewhere.