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post #1 of 14
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So I've always wanted to do this and it wasn't until recently that I have.
In this I printed a photo on a 19x13" photo paper and sandwiched it between two sheets of acrylic approximately 2mm thick.
Behind the acrylic I velcro'd a 12 inch blue cathode to the wall.
The two sheets were mounted onto the wall using acrylic wall standoffs.
The cathodes are powered by a 12v transformer plugged into the wall.
I conneted a push button switch to the positive terminal on the transformer and put the switch under my desk so I can turn off the backlighting easily.
I attached the standoffs by drilling a 1/2" hole in the acrylic sheets 1.5 inches away from the corner at a 43 degree angle.
I also had to solder extension cables to the cold cathodes and ran them behind a conduit to hide the wiring.

Pics!!! (taken on a T2i/550d with EFS 18-55mm lens)





post #2 of 14
holy jesus this looks amazing
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Thanks

If you may have noticed I epicly screwed up and cracked the acrylic in the lower left corner
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ohhh i thought that was a camera glare
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Bump 7/4/2011 wow it's been a while
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Well done! Is it a memory of the dog? Or he/she still alive?

The backlight looks even and bright, great work, and awesome creativity
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Thank you, and she is still alive lol.

You could go really far with this project too by making an aluminimum encasing and putting LEDs in, to make the acrylic glow...but that would have been too expensive.
post #8 of 14
looks amazing
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post #9 of 14
That frame is awesome.

I love the way the color plays through the picture that is framed.

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post #10 of 14
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Thank you. Cool thing is, you can experiement will all kinds of colors since it's just a cathode in the back.

I would imagine that if you have a dark colored wall, using a white cathode would also look really nice. I considered it (even though I have a bright colored wall) but I just ended up getting blue.
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