Debossing a Book Cover

Miniature Steam Engine Notebook

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 for debossing a book cover

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.

letters made from wire


The basis of my design is my website name

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.

debossing letters going backwards
Remember that the letters need to read in reverse as you lay them out

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. debossing letters backwards
debossing pattern on the cover

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.

debossed book cover
My Debossed Book Cover

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.

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Have been making models since I was around 7 years old and using a lathe from the age of 11, a self taught engineer with a passion for making model engines.

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