My sister shared with me that my niece (who plays the video game Overwatch) had sent a tongue-in-cheek letter to Santa asking for “capable teammates.” My brother-in-law laughed and told her that she might as well be asking for a pony!
So… I quizzed my own kids to find out that her favorite character in the game is Mercy (a winged healer), then scrounged around for some public domain Mercy art.
After much experimenting:
(apologies for the reflection)
This was a fun project because I got to play withe some new-to-me materials like poster board, light-diffusing plastic, and Proofgrade acrylic.
I also wanted to use an existing 11x17 sheet of glass as the front pane, so I had to figure out how to make an 11x17 frame on a Glowforge with a maximum vertical cut area of just less than 11 inches. (I ended up engraving the channels for the glass, which allowed me to split the frame into four parts that could each be printed horizontally.)
Why did I need a custom frame? Because I needed room for the hidden LED lighting:
(Shhhh… don’t tell her; this will be a holiday surprise.)