We had the pleasure of creating, I dare say, the most beautiful binding for a marriage proposal ever! My client and I met several times over about a year and a half discussing, designing, and finalizing this binding/ring box. I was able to apply several different artistic mediums to create this binding; it was a challenge and a blast at the same time!
- The design in collaboration with our client was a sort of an Arabian Nights theme, but mostly what our client had imagined he wanted the binding to look like. I hand drew the front and back cover images and then had them made into printing plates.
- 14 page poem written by our client, I then hand calligraphed on watercolor paper with a dip pen and ink.
- Two capital letters illuminated with watercolor and 22k shell gold.
- Two thirds of the text block is converted into a box to hold an engagement ring, lined with silk and crushed velvet.
- Text block sewn on five raised cords, laced into wooden boards, covered in alum tawed goat from Siegal Leather.
- Doublure and fly leaf are of ivory domestic watered silk.
- Boards, silk pages, and text block gauffering tooled in silver using approximately 1,822 individual tool impressions.
- Illustrations on the front and back boards printed with letter press plates and painted with watercolors and 22k shell gold.
- Boards inset with 20 peach diamond-cut sapphires, 11 green diamond-cut Tsavorite garnets, 6 blue diamond-cut sapphires, and 6 red rubies.
- Double core French end bands in pink and light green twisted silk.
- Total building and binding time: 108 hours.
See the process in photos.
We hope the lovely couple lives happily ever!