I have been trying out some carving with plexiglass and while the carving looks good, I am unable to finish the piece. There is something missing. I think is the background, but I have not clue as to what is best to use as a background that will bring out the carving. I have attached photos of what I did and I hope there is someone that can give me some direction please.
Last Edit: Feb 16, 2014 9:44:26 GMT -8 by bixwaltg
Just wondering if maybe it would be better to frame it without a backboard and hang it in a window like a stained glass piece? I think you'll need some kind of lighting to really highlight the great carving.
You might try building a box type frame maybe an inch thick and and a little larger in width and height than your piece and place a string of LED lights all around the edges.To see the effect take a piece of cardboard and cut a slit slightly smaller than the thickness of your plexiglass sit the bottom edge on it and use a flashlight to light it from underneath, that will give you and idea. I used a string of LED's much the same way to light up a crystal award I have, they only use 2 aaa batteries and have box with a switch on them. Ordered mine on line for just 5 bucks.
have you thought of putting the colored photo of what you carved behind it to see what it looks like? have it lay right on it at first then start moving it way 1/8" at a time to see what the different distances does to the affect. I like the light idea also. you could even make a box frame out of different colored glass or plastic and place the framed picture in a location that the sun hits it a certain times of day and have a moment piece that you would want to see happen at a certain time everyday. You can get a clock mechanize and replace the second hand with many colored pieces of paper, cut into a large circle and have that in a box frame with you carving in front, I wonder what that would look like. using the same clock idea but leave the second hand on the clock and place a ultra thin pieces of gold paper right on the hand, but attached to the sides of the frame and as the second hand spins around it flexes the paper in a circular motion, giving the illusion of movement.