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Book of Mica

Daniel Essig
9:00 - 4:30
Tuesday Oct 8

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$ 170  

Mica sometimes referred to, as bookstone is a silicate mineral found throughout the world. You will learn how to use and recognize both natural and composite forms of mica. This workshop will push beyond using mica just as an element in book arts, as we collage pages that will be primarily mica. Our main focus will be using composite mica used in the lampshade industry. These sheets of mica come in several colors, depending on the variety of mica and the binder that holds the sheet together. We will construct our Mica Books exploring various techniques that emphasize the unique qualities of mica.
I will teach an elegant Coptic binding and hinging methods that will enable us push our books to a more sculptural form.

Students Need to Bring to Class:

Thin or light weight collage materials: decorative papers, photos, insect wings, sheet music, old book pages, leafs, feathers, etc. High contrast imagery generally works best.

Metal ruler
Sturdy Scissors
Bone folders
Assorted binder clips
Fine line permanent black marker
Acrylic paints (few different colors)
Exacto or matte knife and blades
Cutting matte
ΒΌ or 3/8 inch Flexcut palm chisel http://earthguild.com/products/woodwork/flexcut/flexpalm.htm

Optional: Dremmel stylus (battery powered)

MATERIALS FEE $30 paid to instructor at beginning of class includes:

Assortment of Mica (majority of the fee)
Waxed linen thread
Drill bits
PVA glue and foam brush
Other misc. materials or tools needed to complete the project




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