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This item sold on May 19, 2013.

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This listing is for a beautiful, one of a kind, journal/sketchbook made with real Tintype photographic covers and bound with the ancient braided coptic stitch. Sturdy and functional enough for use as a working sketchbook, photo & ephemera book or travel journal. Beautiful enough for display as a sculptural book on your shelf or mantle. A lovely bookmark has been fashioned from waxed book thread, a feather and a skeleton key.

The making of a tintype is a truly special process - the wet plate collodion process, one of the earliest photographic methods, invented in 1850. I alchemize my own photographic emulsion from ether, grain alcohol and collodion and then I coat an aluminum plate with it. I use a large format camera with bellows and brass knobs to expose the plate and make the photographic image. I then develop the plate with a vinegar-based concoction in my little traveling darkroom, the Tin Gypsy. And finally, I place the plate in the fix bath and watch the image magically appear on the metal. It's sort of like the original polaroid. But on metal. Awesome! There are only a handful of photographers, world wide, who are working with this complicated and antiquarian photographic process!

This wonderfully unique sketchbook has been built completely from scratch. From the photographic emulsions I mix by hand and apply to the metal plates that make the book's cover to the coptic stitching that binds this artist's sketchbook together, hours of labor and love went into this book's creation. It is small (4x5 inches) and sturdy with beautiful detailing. The sketchbook also lays completely flat, when open, to make drawing and writing a breeze. Very sturdy and built to last a lifetime!

This sketchbook features an image of a bird in flight. The covers are metal tintypes and the pages are made from repurposed graph paper. This book is bound with black waxed book thread.

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One of a Kind Tintype Sketchbook & Journal


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: metal, book thread, skeleton key, feather, recycled paper
  • Feedback: 14 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from United States