After realizing how narrow this cheap tactical flashlight I bought was, I’ve been working on a piece inspired by Steven Universe – and further exploring 3D engraving of acrylic. I wanted to mount a sword to the flashlight and run its powerful light up the blade.
I did a deep 3D engrave of the pattern and then filled it in with stained glass paint (while still on the glowforge bed), then did a second 3D engrave to shape the blade and make the “sharp” edge thinner than the blunt one.
I like how the pattern turned out, but the material didn’t conduct the light very well after the initial engraving. I’ll have to keep working on that in version 2. But I also think I’ll be experimenting with the double up on 3D 3D engrave and stained glass paint, which is why I wanted to share. I don’t know if it will ever look good as an edgelit acrylic technique, but I like the way that it looks overall.