Well! Feeling a little weird today about this challenge. Seeing my sister's amazing sculpture/book took a little of the wind out of my sails, I think. How can I ever do THAT?
Still, I'm committed, so here's an eyeglass book. Once again, I got this idea in the store. I often find myself wandering around the store between customers looking for book ideas. Today, I realized we had quite a collection of eyeglasses, mostly sunglasses, that people have left behind. Since most of our customers are tourists just passing through, there is no way to give them back and little chance they will come back for them. They are probably more than half way to the Grand Canyon before they even realize they don't have them.
Good for me, because now I've got a book out of one of those lost pairs of sunglasses.
I printed out a few lines from a poem, "Seeing Past Myself," by Don Iannone, and folded the printed strips into a pair of small accordion fold "signatures" exactly the size and shape of the lenses. I glued the first page of each one to a lens. For eyes, I printed a pair of lovely owl eyes and glued them to the fronts of the closed accordions.
Since I wanted them to stay closed until opened, I needed a way to hold the folds up in place. So I took some wire, bent and curled it into the shape of the glasses bridge, then wired it on with finer, 26 gauge wire. The little curls at each end stick out enough that the folded accordions can tuck under them to stay put but still be easily pulled out to open. Looks a little like a wire mustache, doesn't it?
I think I still need to make some sort of base for these to set on when they are not being worn.
The lines of the poem read:
Sometimes I have trouble seeing past myself,
Blindsided by who I think I am...