Step 1: Supplies
Hot wire carving tools
paint brush / old tooth brush
Step 2: Make the Face
I have a set of hot wire carving tools, but I only used one tool for this project. The Freehand Router tool. You can change the wire shape on this tool to accommodate your sculpting.
I had this nice piece of blue foam left over from a older project, it was about the right size to cover most of my torso.
I carved the evil face and sloped out the edges making sure to carve many deep grooves all over the surface. When finished, I spray glued it to the cover of my book. The shell of the book is 3 cardboard panels duct taped together.
Step 3: Skin the Cover
I spray glued the face and the back of the fabric and stretched it over top, making sure to press it into all the valleys and grooves.
I used my blade to cut the fabric away from the eyes, nose and mouth. I also slashed away at it randomly for added texture.
I flipped over the cover to work on the inside. Using my crappy glue gun I attached the skin cover, trying to get a nice fold on the corners. I then spray glued the inside page piece over top of the inside cover piece. The inside page piece is a single piece of cardboard scored down the centre, made smaller than the cover.
Step 4: Make the Body of the Book
Cut out the arm hole in the spine (I almost forgot to do this). I attached the back of the box to the inside of the back cover. And then I applied my trusty spray adhesive to inside of the second half of the inside page piece of cardboard, and the front of the box. Once they were set, I had my functioning book.
I folded white poster paper accordion style, and taped them to the exposed side of the box to mimic the book pages, working around the arm hole.
Step 5: Painting and Drawing
This is my favorite part. Obviously I had to disguise the blue foam that was exposed through the cut out parts in the cover, as well as add texture and depth. I only used black, brown and white acrylic paint. The eyes and teeth were painted white and the deepest parts of the cover were painted black.
I used a toothbrush to "splatter" paint all over the cover, and then a rag to rub in brown paint to dirty it up.
My husband did the inside page illustrations for me. We used a screen shot for the movie as the basis for these.
Once the illustrations were complete I torn the edges and spray glued them to the inside cardboard.
I also rubbed a steeped tea bag onto the white paper, and used brown paint to dirty up the pages.
Step 6: Warning: Do Not Recite the Candarian Incantations Aloud.
Actually, most people didn't expect that it could open, so it was fun to surprise them!