Originally Posted by punkassjim;74042006
I stumbled upon this cool old electrical handbook from the 1940s, and the design just seemed perfectly suited to the iPad.
So I got it in my head: I could carve my own embossing plate from a linoleum printmaking block, buy some leather from a local fabric store, and emboss my own custom leather Smart Cover.
I got a scan of the original book, brought it into Illustrator and re-drew the design as vector line art. Printed it on a laser printer, taped it on the block, and used acetone and a burnishing tool to transfer the design onto the linoleum:
Busted out the old carving tools, went to town:
Put the leather between the embossing plate and another solid block, and stuck it under my car for half a day
The hinge, sleep/wake functionality, and magnetic closure work perfectly (there are six rare-earth magnets embedded in the cover).
The inside lining is a synthetic microfiber, closest I could find to what Apple uses. The cover doesn't fold, nor double as a stand; I like my Apple Smart Cover, but it's annoying that the cover flops around when folded to the back. Plus, if this cover folded, it would ruin the embossing pretty quickly.