Hi…I’m sure everyone is in Christmas Frenzy mode.
My dIL wants an engraving of her ultrasound. It’s been awhile since I’ve worked with photos…(last Christmas) but there was not as much black involved.
What do you think would look best for something like this?
can you adjust the white level of the photo? make it a little brighter if possible
I’m thinking that in a clear acrylic with the black/white reversed would probably look very cool!
Congrats on the upcoming grandchildren
I’d bump the contrast and invert the image.
(Black will become white, white will become black.)
This is our second set of grandtwins…We have twin nephews as well.
What are the chances that my biological daughter has twins and my adopted son has twins? It has to be the water. lol
That’s a great idea! Thanks!
Reverse the engraving - so you can print on the back of clear acrylic. Then add a layer of black acrylic behind it to make it stand out.
I like that…but is there a “back” of acrylic? A right side and a wrong side?
It’s the back in that what’s facing out to the audience would still be smooth flat acrylic - the engraving would be taken out of the back. It makes a really cool depth effect
Here’s a good post with examples
I live in Florida where there’s no snow. To fix that, I wrote and open sourced a snowflake generator that I’ve been using to 3D print unique snowflakes, available at
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:37525. I just tried engraving them into Acrylic, and I really like how they came out.
To produce them I generated geometry in STL files, which you can do on Thingiverse using Customizer. There are also many generated available for download. Then I loaded the STL files into Meshlab, generated a dept…
Done of clear Acrylic
to fit one of these…
Looks like this but with your image
Sorry to be confusing. No there is no front and back.
@deirdrebeth explains it better than me! . Once you have your artwork ready; i.e invert the colors so that the white is black and the black is white - or rather clear. Then reverse that image and engrave on clear acrylic. Turn over the acrylic so the “back” is now the “front.” i.e the engraving is facing away from you. Then place a black piece of acrylic behind it and the engraving really pops out.
I did this with blue on this nativity.
Combined three layers of proofgrade, plus the star on top. Then reverse engraved the text on clear acrylic and added a blue acrylic backing. When the light hits just right, the text lights up beautifully. It’s about 7" wide and can stand on its own.
and with black on this one - which has another spacer as well in between:
@hansepe and I collaborated together on a space themed shadowbox about the same time as the Apollo 11 mission 50th Anniversary. We couldn’t resist. There is more in the works, but here is the first freebie. It’s made with 6 layers of proofgrade materials, both wood and acrylic. (Sorry, photo doesn’t do it justice. The black and clear acrylic layers make it very shiny, especially illuminated).
use no fog glue for the acrylic layers
careful weeding the flag - it could easily b…
You had me worried there…lol.
How would you display that…and what glue do you think would not show through the clear?
Look for “no fog” super glue - or search the forum for acrylic weld.
For display For display you have a few options. If you attach another layer - either a clear or colored acrylic frame - 3 layers will stand up by themselves. Can even make a wooden frame for the front with date, and other particulars. Alternatively you can make a double base for it that the two layers slot into.
I used that here:
So many of us have been inspired by
@designvh619’s acrylic coaster set. I just thought there are many coasters out there, how about a snack tray set. My first tray was a bit of a failure, but the idea was sound. it is surprisingly challenging to come up with an overall design that also makes sense as individual pieces. Initially I made a simple wooden base for it, but that didn’t look right either. I settled on a base of thick clear acrylic the trays fit into, and added a blue layer…
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