Mandala suncatchers

With all the mandalaesque designs I have been doing I have been making
use of them for avatars, box decoration and for pendant jewelry, but I
have been dissatisfied with those ideas and trying to imagine other uses.

Thinking about it I considered the different ways sunlight could pass through and decided to try making them in acrylic. The vision I had would look great pressed in lead glass but acrylic does not have that rainbow effect. Colored acrylic however as it is transmitted through various thicknesses or a geometric array of holes.
I started with wood,…
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And what I thought was clear was actually light yellow but showed the problem if it had been as the detail was washed out…


sp I tried some rub-n-Buff to mixed results…

So I try some darker more opaque colors…


Nice, but too dark, perhaps a more open design that is ice blue without such fine detail…
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Hmmm perhaps cutting thin so there is a lot of variable transmission and put a strong light as the sun would be…

I think perhaps if I can make it varieties o a thing and sell the SVGs in Etsy? Ideas?

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Lovely suncatchers. Sunshine has been in short supply these past few weeks, so I’ll let your art cheer me until the sun returns.

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A couple more designs…



and just a few minutes ago…

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