Henry Jones' Grail Diary

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  1. kalkamel

    kalkamel Sr Member

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    Hi,

    Just thought I'd share with you pics of my latest completed prop project, the Grail Diary from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

    Front cover
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    First page
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    Newspaper clipping
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    The Omphalos page
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    Pic of Indy and Dad
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    Roman numerals scrap
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    Three trials
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    Western Union telegram
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    Diary and Package
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  2. Endless Wonder

    Endless Wonder Sr Member

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    VERY nice. :thumbsup This is one of my all time favorite props. I never tire of looking at them.

    I'm assuming you made it? Care to discuss some the work that went into it? :D
     
  3. kalkamel

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    The diary was based on a printable grail diary made by Cokewithvanilla over at COW. I printed them out on 100gsm A4 paper, soaked the whole thing page by page in strong coffee, hand cut the pages to the dimension of the actual movie prop (no paper cutter... just a good old boxcutter.) stitched the pages together and bound with brown cowhide leather which I also distressed with some fine sand paper and shoe polish. The inserts were also aged in the same manner, although I also crumple them up to give them that used look.
     
  4. decaturvader

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    Boy, I sure like paper props. Good job. :thumbsup
    So, there is a tutorial at this "COW" to guide ya thru building a Grail Diary?
    Man, i gotta check that out, archive it, and save it for that rainy day project.
     
  5. Borg Drone

    Borg Drone New Member

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    Nicely Done.

    Jeff :thumbsup
     
  6. WinstonWolf359

    WinstonWolf359 Sr Member

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    Amazing work. :) I think the Grail Diary is one of the coolest IJ props and I'm especially impressed with anyone that can figure out doing their own binding. Great job, thanks for sharing.
     
  7. kalkamel

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  8. Imperialknight

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    I was always curious on how the pages are stitched together, do you have photos of how you did this? Great job.
     
  9. kalkamel

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  10. Swedolorian

    Swedolorian New Member

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    Cool. I have to make myself one.
    Your's really well made.
     
  11. juno

    juno Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    So you soaked the pages AFTER you printed them? I take it you used a laserjet, not an inkject?
     
  12. kalkamel

    kalkamel Sr Member

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    Yep... its advisable to use laserjet, because inkjet will look distorted even if the paper's dry... from my experience that is.
     
  13. Gigatron

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    Man that's sweet.

    I've been working on my own handwritten one - talk about time consuming :lol

    Where did you get the printable inserts from? Only one I've got is the LARRY ticket. Been looking for the others for some time.

    Thanks and great job,

    -Fred
     
  14. kalkamel

    kalkamel Sr Member

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    You can get the printable inserts from the links I posted above.
     
  15. lonerthx

    lonerthx Well-Known Member

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    Looks great :)

    Where did you source the leather from?
     
  16. Sulla

    Sulla Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Did you get cokewithvanilla's most recent post on COW? He found an error in his first wave CD's and is replacing them. I got mine replaced.

    And your Grail Diary is AWESOME. Great job.
     
  17. Darkknight0667

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    Is that second sentence correct? It appears to read, "I was in my study preparing a glass of Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parsifal for professor Zeiler's vernacular lit. seminar."
     
  18. kalkamel

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    Yeah... come to think of it... some of the sentences don't quite make sense :D ... guess I better wait for the next edited version before I make my diary Mark II.
     
  19. Mike J.

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  20. nailuj

    nailuj Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    On a quiet Saturday night after the kids have gone to bed I enjoy sitting down with a 'glass of Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parsifal' depending upon the vintage of course....
     
  21. Gigatron

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    In the PDF I have, it is indeed "gloss".

    I have yet to find a 100% perfect version. There's always a mispelling here or a word left out there. It's small stuff, but how many people are actually going to read the diary. Most people are just interested in the pictures.

    -Fred
     
  22. Ash

    Ash Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Are you sure it not suppost to be class? He is a professor after all.



    -Ash
     
  23. Gigatron

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    No, gloss makes perfect sense in the current context. Wolfram von Eschenbach's work was probably written in german or austrian (just based on the name), so Henry was prepapring a gloss - a translation of the text - for professor Zeiler's lit. seminar.

    -Fred
     
  24. cocomonk22

    cocomonk22 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Your Grail Diary looks awesome. I ordered a copy of the printable grail diary CD after seeing this topic, and I plan on using the sites you posted to help put it together.
     
  25. kalkamel

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    Good luck... it is a highly addictive process :) .
     

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