Paint the colors on one sheet of transparent acrylic using stained glass paints (score guidelines with your GF first) and cut a black acrylic layer for the leading lines to adhere on top.
Have your image direct printed on a piece of milk plex (translucent milky white acrylic, the colors and backlighting will work better than using clear acrylic) by a professional sign shop and cut a black acrylic layer for the leading lines to adhere on top.
Maybe a bit of both.
The parts with a lot of small detail can be printed, while large area sections can be inlays. I once used inlay, with 3D engrave border and engraved photo to make a simple chunk of MDF look awesome.
I played with the acrylic as stained glass look for quite awhile and was happy with the results. I was working from scratch though, so did not include any high detail segments.
Some tips in link as well. Take a look.
I made this by engraving the “black” lines, then filled with acrylic paint before removing the rest of the masking which was fun for a design this complicated. Then colored with alcohol ink pens. First time I’d tried anything like this, looks great in the window. It’s about 5" diameter. All hail the great noodly appendage
I tried to do marquetry inlays in wood (Padauk and walnut) in the past, and it was a disaster. I lost everything trying it, so I am hesitant to go that path without having an easy way to hide the crimes/ large margins. and I like the idea of using stain glass paint, but I am afraid it will make printing over it harder.
I would highly recommend reaching out to Casey & Angela at Smokey Hill Laser. They can do a pantone print on clear acrylic that might work for you. They are super to work with for custom requests and everyday orders. firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: They sell ($20?) a sheet with the pantones printed on the acrylic if you request it (you can’t use art pantone swatches) they are printing on a different material (acrylic and not with paint). Worth a try and they are super helpful with ideas.
You’re welcome! I’ve used the Vitrail in professional projects several times - it’s pricier but the results are gorgeous. Quality of light through the pieces is just like colored glass with incredibly vibrant colors.