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Lodestone: A soldier's Journal by MilleCuirs Lodestone: A soldier's Journal by MilleCuirs
This one of a kind book was made using a lot of background infos from the client. At the start of the project, the idea for the style of the book was a mix between a WWII relic and an old book from Lord of the Rings. Most of the ideas and concepts are from original ideas and world created by the customer! It was a real pleasure to create this book!

The central crystal insert was created based on a sketch from customer. The small bottle is filled with fragments of Fay shells. The claw was something I had in my ramdom "oddities" box in my shop for a while. It was part of a native american necklace found at a yard sale years ago. I thought it was some cheap resin replica, but while looking for a way to fix the claw on the book, I realise it was a genuine claw. Probably something from a Lynx. 

The modern shell on the bottom will be replace by a vintage WWI soviet shell owned by the client.

The idea behind "Lodestone: A soldier's Journal" is to give the book the feeling of being carried around a lot, broken pieces, patched corners, scratches and weathering of the leather. The relics came from a strange place called "The wyld"... A fictional world where only the bravest people manage to came back alive. A world filled with strange creatures only the owner of this book manage to illustrate.

This book is also my first try on the Dieselpunk movement. It is really similar to Steampunk, only with less gears and more oil! Love this style, I'm gonna try another Dieselpunk book someday!


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ArtsyAshley23 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
so much love!
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MilleCuirs Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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bloody-thrice Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student General Artist
I think this is my favorite.
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MilleCuirs Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! This one got a little something special that no others have! One of my favorites too! :)

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Carlosam14 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Amazing!! How do I buy one of this?! Do you send to Brazil?
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MilleCuirs Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I've just sent you a note!

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SteamPixy Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is just fabulous. 
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MilleCuirs Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! This one got a little something! I really like it!
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
:aww: ... great, as always!
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MilleCuirs Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Avec plaisir ... ;)
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Da-Vinch Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Again, I must say you do some wonderful work. This is so unique. I love the details and the way you added all the elements. I'm interested to find out more about dieselpunk style......:)
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MilleCuirs Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you Sir!

This book was a pleasure to make!

From what I've seen, DieselPunk is somewhat subtle, but I would say I almost enjoy it more than Steampunk. SP now is getting trendy, and anybody can glue some gears on something and call it steampunk... Now with DP, you got to think a lot, figure out the design, the lines, plates, tubes, small believable mechanism or streamline design. Really challenging!
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Steamland Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student General Artist
epic! you should make a book with a sonic screw driver  attach to it. or soemthign very zelda like in an atlantian setting.
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MilleCuirs Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm thinking of giving a try on a TARDIS book, river's song. But a sonic screwdriver could be something fun to create! 
About those atlantian setting... I need to know more! Can you shed some light on this? Thank you!
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Steamland Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student General Artist
oh sure, the atlian culture is pretty itneresting. i'd say the cover should look very ancient like its made out of  tablets, and should have parchment-payparisis paper with old rune style lettering.  and sicne its been at the ocen for many eon's it shoudl have seaweed, and other goodies with a jewl encrested into the center. maybe a ruby or amber color stone that can  be use as a key. the binder should also have a rusted  stone-mergde-with seashells and crabs.  at least thats what i envision in my ehad wen it ihnk fo an atlantis style book, what do you see?


and yeha ti could eb fun to make a sonic screwdriver, and river songs book  looks liek fun. i'd lvoe to learn hwo to make both ":D
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MilleCuirs Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know all about atlantean culture! I'm a huge fan of all antediluvian cultures. I thought you were speaking about a specific Zelda themed book or something. I should look around in zelda's games for some sunken temple ruins, to get some inspiration! I love your idea of having somekind of stone tablet merged with seashells and stuff! Inspiring! Thank you!!
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Steamland Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student General Artist
awe, don;t mention it, oh for that, i was thinking of ahving a golden triforce in the center with a blue,red, and green jewl in the triforce as key's or soemthing, and they can come out. [the triforce pieces] and maybe make the book of medora. AWESOME :D 
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MilleCuirs Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm trying to work a design for an adaptation of the book of mudora from the SNES "link to the past". Its so small and pixelated, its hard to figure what is what.
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Steamland Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student General Artist
well it looks kinda like this: fc08.deviantart.net/fs45/f/200…
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MilleCuirs Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I was thinking more of a traditionnal source: 4.bp.blogspot.com/_vAxLnr-8Y7E…

Hard to do something related to this pixelated book in leather! But I'm gonna try my best!
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