We spend a lot of time reading and I’m sure everyone has that one shelf of books that is either held up by another book or a different random object. Rarely do I see a stack of books held up by the very object that is made to fulfill this purpose and provide an aesthetic – bookends. That being said, for this up-cycle project, I have decided to make book ends using the scrap metal that I have had sitting around from a previous project.
My inspiration for these bookends has come from Pinterest. A couple of the photos that have sparked my idea for this project are shown below.
So far, I have used a die grinder on the L-shaped material in order to remove the rust. Since the material has a couple holes bored into it, I’m trying to decide how to make it more aesthetically pleasing. I have come up with a variety of ideas in order to accomplish this as listed below.
- Etch a design in double layered acrylic and attach the design to the back of the metal.
- Use multi-colored solder to create a design on the steel.
- Design a sticker using polyvinyl chloride and create the necessary shapes of the sticker with the sand blaster located in the Idea Forge.
- Tack weld mechanical parts such as gears onto the L-shape in order to make the holes seem like they are purposeful.
- Create a Papier-mâché design on the steel using the spine and pages from old books.