Some cube farms are better than others. This is my latest addition
It’s 1/4 inch MDF, spay painted in layers of white then black. followed up by a rainbow of different colors (and a secret ingredient).
Once the paint is dry, I laser engrave away the top coats of paint. I ended up taking a lot of the black with it, but I really like it.
Throw in a little glue and some corner braces…
Oh, the secret ingredient? I glow in the dark.
Putting the glow in Glowforge
Awesome effect! Definitely mind blowing…
That is incredibly cool. The work you put in really shines through in the finished product.
If you open it will these guys appear?
Very cool rabbit hole you have found there, the multicoat, multicolor method. Engraving through the glow paint was an epiphany, right?
You’re gonna have to cough up a link for that paint man, and… what was in those brownies? Are they gone?
Fantastic idea and execution! Love that glow in the dark!
Oh wow. What an innovative series of treatments! Have you tried it on other substrates?
This looks awesome! Great job!
@robermar36 … that would be this little lovely I did in acrylic on CNC a couple years ago…
@PrintToLaser The paint I use is a rustolium spray paint which you can usually get from Home Depot or Walmart, as well as Amazon:
Amazon also carries a bunch of brush on acrylic glow in the dark paints. The glowy bits tend to show brush lines, which can be cool, but the spray is a more consistent coat. The one’s I like dry clear, which makes the glow a nice surprise.
The brownies are a secret family recipe.
@ cynd11 This came out of my canvas stuff.
This one is going over in the Land of Sorcery so I can be a bit more specific. If you have not yet, take a look at the posts for
“Samurai Sunrise” and “More Experiments With Canvas” to see what I am babbling about.
The basics are this: I start with a basic 8 by 10 canvas and go to town on it with some spray paint of various colors. If I want the finished image to have brighter colors, I throw two coats of clear over that when it’s dry, and let that sit overnight. If you want a more pastel color…
and the fractal boxes:
Working on a series of boxes in quarter and eighth inch plywood. These use small finger joints on the side and a layered top and bottom. The boxes are dye with Folk Arts Ultra Dye and then layed out in a cross shape (like the purple box below) so the fractal patterned can be lasered on the box.
The fractal shapes are from the free iOS program Frax. This gives me a nice variety of patterns to choose from. Clockwise from the top Swirls (Red), Coral (Purple) and Ocean (blue).
Those are the things I have tried so far.
There’s always tile and leather. Go to town!
@dan, this one’s a winner!
The grandkids love glow-in-the-dark. May have to add to their next item.
This cube was great before it started glowing in the dark! Very cool design!