One reason why this blog had been sadly neglected was that I was challenged by a friend to alter a book, and that took a lot of research and experimenting. The book was a scholarly tome about Anglo-Saxon England in the 9th and 10th century. Of course I had to include some Anglo-Saxon jewellery – inspired by the article in The Beadworkers Guild Journal July 2017 on the Staffordshire hoard. The jewellery is in a niche formed by glueing the back section of pages of the book together and cutting the niche into the block. I decorated the front cover of the book with copper shim embossed with Celtic type patterns and Celtic patterned buttons, plus a rubbing of King Alfred taken from an embossed image on the original front cover of the book. The book is in an exhibition of altered books, organised by Sparks Artists, at the county museum in Aylesbury, Bucks until 14th February. The museum has done a splendid job in setting up the exhibition and lighting it beautifully.