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08 August 2011

Book Cover Pins: A How To

For RWA and RomCon I made small bookcover pins for friends and people I was on panels with. Lots of people asked me how I did it, and I promised to share directions. I figured sooner was better than later, so here we go!

Print your cover onto heavy stock matte paper. I like to make the covers 1.5” tall and surrounded them with a border.

Cut them out.

Lay out on a sheet of hard, slick plastic (I like to use page protectors).

With a small paint bush, put one coat of Elmer’s White glue on the back and two on the front, allowing each coat to dry separately. This seals the paper. Once dry, trim off any excess glue. Don’t worry about it being too thick, the glue will dry clear.

Press them flat for a few hours or overnight, as the glue sometimes makes them curl a bit.

For the next step, the future pins need to be suspended in such a way that the liquid 2-part epoxy resin can be poured over them and drip off without the pin becoming one with the surface it’s resting on. I made a support out of a small sheet of Styrofoam and toothpicks (see pic).

Balance the covers on the support you’ve built so that they don’t touch.

Mix up the epoxy resin according to the directions on the package (you can get this at any good craft store). Drizzle it carefully over the images (I just use the wooden coffee stir stick I mixed the epoxy resin with), making sure to coat all of the surface. Do not worry about air bubbles, they will work their way out as it dries.

Let them dry for at LEAST 3 days. A week is better.

Edges can be sanded with an emery board if necessary.

Superglue a pin back to them and you’re done.

NOTE: You can make your pins and shape or size, and you can decorate the paper with glitter, jewels, etc. before coating in epoxy resin. Have fun with it!


Blogger Lauren Willig said...

I have my pin right next to my desk! I can't tell you how many people at RWA came up to me and asked me where I'd gotten it....

Thanks, Isobel!!

8:06 AM  
Blogger Isobel Carr said...

Cool. I plan on making them for future events too (they're really easy once you get the process down and the toothpick trays are reuseable.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Michele said...

Creative idea! I like it!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Leslie Carroll said...

Random House made book cover pins for their authors at the RWA cocktail party and I was dying to know how they did it. Now I can do it myself! Thanks, Isobel!!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

So much talent! Thank you for sharing.

5:21 AM  
Blogger Michele Hart said...

Dang! That's smart! Thanks for sharing!

5:49 AM  
Blogger Crista said...

Great idea! Thank you for sharing!

Just one quick question, though -- do you use the plastic sheet protectors on both sides, or just the back?


3:26 PM  
Blogger Isobel Carr said...

The plastic protector if just so that the paper doesn't stick to anything when I'm applying the glue and the glue is drying. It's not part of the finished pin.

9:27 PM  

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