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Book of Blood by Maylar Book of Blood by Maylar
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Once I heard an incredible South American legend (well more story of sort) about thing called "Book of Blood"...supposedly, it's a book with stone covers and pages made of ash...on the covers, round blood colored stone called "eye of the dragon" or "eye of the snake" (I'm not sure in translation) guard the book and will burn anyone who tries to harm it/ destroy it. Things written in this book must remain intact, in any way.
By the story, every name, written in blood in that book, will "last forever" meaning it will be remembered by something, good or bad (by the same story, names of people like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa are some of the names written...unfortunately, there's names like Hitler, too).
Anyhow, story has an addition...if couple in love write their names on page in their own blood, they will maintain together forever, not only in life, but in death too.
Reading all this again made me want to make a miniature one, so I just did...size is 1 cm x 1.2 cm, covers are polymer clay, painted later to resemble coloration of stone. "Gem" is mix of plastic and different polish paints and pages are made of paper dyed in rosehip tea (so that great color of purplish ash is accomplished and cause rosehip tea should have similar effect on couples in love...by one completely different story, if couple share at least one cup of this tea a year, they will stay in love 'till the end of their days).
So, all in all, this is on the first place book for lovers and those in love, but also for those who desiring everlasting fame of some sort ;)

Anyhow, hope you like it :)
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:iconmr-boonshine:
mr-boonshine Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
!!! oh !!!
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Abigtreehugger Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
lovely little piece.
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El-Arte-de-Angelina Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm a big fan of your creations darling, and this one totally caught my attention.
Lovely detailed work, it's definitely a fav!
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goshusuedo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! (:
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Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
^^
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swimgirl195 Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
Wow, the story sounds very interesting! I have an etsy account as well; could i ask, how much would this book be? Unless it is already sold? Because the story behing this book really grabs my attention! :o Thanks! :)
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Maylar Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Glad you like this, thank you very much ^^
And to answer your question, book is still available. Only, I would rather not talk prices in comments, if you don't mind. Note me if you want and we can talk about all the details :)
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swimgirl195 Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
Sure! No problem.
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
;)
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Saphiriel Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
Sooo small (I love microbooks :D ) and so beautiful :aww: Must have been hard to make it (because of the size). I love it :)
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you like it and find it beautiful...thank you so much :)
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Saphiriel Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
You're welcome :)
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GottaSneeze Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
Terrific =) Love the story behind it.
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much :)
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drianis Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I adore the way you comment all you craft works!

This one is great. I'm brazilian and I'd never heard about this legend.

Great job! :blowkiss:
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Maylar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
:)
Thank you...I love adding a bit of a story to my works ;)

And I love this story too, it is from one old anthology of weird stories I have in my library, I was always very fond of it :)
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Koyukionna Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Great details in your work.
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
^^
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2dazed Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's amazing detail for something so tiny. :heart: You must be very skilled with your hands to be able to make something on this scale, & still operate with your hands too. Lol!
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Maylar Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
Lol indeed...you made me laugh :aww:
Well, I'm doing this for quite some time, so fingers got accustomed to small works, I guess...
Glad you like it :aww: :heart:
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MClaire1919 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009   Photographer
Love Your intrinsic detail and descriptions as much as your Works.....could listen/read to you for hours at a time. Totally entranced.....lol. Have you always been a storyteller? :D Or maybe in another life, too. :hug: Thanks again......maybe some of this grabs my interest because I worked in a library for ten years as support staff; used to like to stop by the "mending" department and watch them work for a few of my free minutes. Magic....total magic you display and describe.
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Maylar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much, glad you like this...and glad someone likes my "tellings" too. I planned submitting a story or two here, so you encourage me ;)
:heart: :hug:
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MClaire1919 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009   Photographer
Yayyyyy.....so pleased that it was an encouragement! So, I shall wait then, for your next "telling." :D :heart: ;)
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Violet-Violence Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
way cool
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thnx :D
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Mishikaiya Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool.
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Maylar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
:)
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msMIM Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
I love it...I like the title...Book of Blood...:).Good work y friend...:woohoo:
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Maylar Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
:D Thanks ^^
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msMIM Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
You welcome...:woohoo:
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Karenee-Art Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nifty! How do you hinge the clay so it opens? Do you glue it to a fabric/paper like you show in your tutorial?

What a cool story. I confess, this is the sort of story that sticks with me. Also, the ancient prophesies and end of world scenarios. Love the whole idea, including the rose-hip tea....

Oh, do you think black tea would dye fabric permanently? I have a shirt I want to paint with it, but am afraid it would wash out oh, Keeper of Knowledge (do you like your new title?).
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Maylar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
:)
I made special inner hinges out of fabric-based paper (so it holds for a long, long time) and as a plus, glued the covers to the endpapers inside...that part, just like in my tut. You know, you just gave me idea, I might make tutorial about making such hinges if I find time.
Yeah, story is really cool, it stuck with me the moment I read it.
And as for ta dye (and lol for the title given) yes, I think it would hold the color, if you help it a bit, there's a trick you know ;) You need a gallon of water, at least five bags of tea and...and...and...a white vinegar! Around 5 tbs.
I'll describe the rest of process in a note, so not to take more space here.
Just two more things here, if anyone else get interested...you can help keeping color by adding 1 tbs of white vinegar in rinsing water when you wash it and time to time, by adding 1-2 bags of the same tea in the same water. Second, don't try to dye anything of artificial materials this way, it's not gonna work (it would just ruin the fabric). Only natural materials works, best with cotton and linen, silk too, but this last by a bit different method.
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OldSoulX Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
It's so wicked.
I love the story of the book of blood!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much...and I love that story too ^^
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