Being a bit more than average fascinated with the Victorian era, I've found I'd like a personal library to withdraw and enjoy a brandy after the day's chores. Luckily for me, an enlargement of the house is in the pipeline, and my batter half is planning to make her new den there, freeing up her current haunts.
The room and furniture and all that is a bit in the future, but I'd though I'd start with the books. After all, what is a library without books? Now, I do have a fair amount of them, but most doesn't look very Victorian. My shelves are also full of all manner of other stuff, So why not camouflage what I've already got?
OK, here's what we all would like our book shelves to look like:
The upper shelf isn't too shabby, but the DVD collection is decidedly un-Victorian.
I decided to have a go at the Farscape box as a test project. Not because I have anything against Claudia Black and Ben Browder (quite the opposite), but because it's a large element, and the Pacekeeper Wars DVD doesn't fit in the box.
So, first up a new box with room for the extra DVD (made out of old frozen pizza boxes, excellent material!):
Since I'd like to go with a "Gentleman explorer" theme (the planned library could then double as a steam-punk den, and all my other oldish stuff wouldn't look out of the way), I designed a typical early Victorian explorer report style book series spines. The text is more or less place holder to get the proper Victorian feeling, I'll try to see it I can get them to be gold:
The spines are made from bits of leftover wood, cut to match the with of the design:
Tomorrow I'll try for the raised bands.