Being away from home these days made a delay in submitting this..."Stones of Blood" is the second of mine "old, magic books" inspired series.
Book is 1.8 cm (0.70 inch) high. Covers are especially interesting, as I did a small experiment to make them look like leather (it is actually a specially coated thick cardboard).
Stones are made of painted glass (I bought them transparent and painted them crimson red), to resemble of rubies...original idea was to use real rubies, but frankly, I currently couldn't afford it, so found this to be nice replacement.
Book is gilded by mix of gold and bronze paint, again using my own method, described before.
I'm very sorry my camera doesn't do justice to the engravings on sides...spirals and curves in reality are much more visible than on these photos, but camera has problem catching it *sigh*
Book has 20 blank, "Earl Grey" dyed pages, which were later exposed to close flame (not burned), so ends turned slightly "yellowish-brown" in try to make them look used.
Making this took me almost three days (with on-off periods), as first coat of gilding had to be completely dry before spirals engraving and then I needed to ad a second coat, which had to be dry too before "gems"...well, you get it.
All in all, hope you like it