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MODULE MICA with Daniel Essig March 20 & 27 , 2021 4:00-6:30p.m. ET
with Daniel Essig
Virtual Two-Part  Demonstration Workshop using the Zoom Platform
March 20 & 27 | 4:00-6:30p.m. ET 
I will only be teaching hinged bindings in this workshop
I will not be teaching a sewn binding
Create a series of mica book structures with unexpected twists and turns. Using primarily composite mica, we will explore various hinging methods to build book forms.  Mica or bookstone is a silicate mineral found throughout the world. You will learn how to use and recognize  both natural and composite forms of mica. The emphasis of this workshop will be to create wonderfully crafted and detailed book forms, that will utilize the rigid or stiff leaf feature, as well as the translucent nature of mica.
materials and tools students need to gather.
1. Thin or light weight collage materials: decorative papers, photos, insect wings, sheet music, old book pages, photo copies,  leafs, feathers, etc. High contrast imagery generally works best.
2. ¼ or 3/8 inch Flexcut palm chisel is highly recommended, an Exacto/Olfa knife     also works.
3. Metal ruler
4. Awls
5. 1-inch foam brush for glue
6. Sturdy Scissors
7. Brayer
8. Bone folder
9. Assorted binder clips
10. Pencil
11. Fine line permanent black marker
12. Acrylic paints (few different colors-greens, burnt sienna, black)
13. Exacto/Olfa or matte knife and sharp blades
14. Cutting matte
15. Some sort of hammer-a ball-peen type will work best.


  • Participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone. It’s easy! Download here.
  • Participants must have reliable internet access and a computer or phone with sound recording and web-cam capabilities to participate.
  • Once registered, students will receive a video meeting code along with simple ZOOM instructions.
  • Purchase includes a material fee that covers items shipped by Daniel Essig. You can find the list of additional supplies you will need to bring to the workshop here.
  • Participants will have access via Zoom to viewing the recorded demonstration for 30 days.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable but are transferrable with a $25 transfer fee.