This post features Dennis Turner and his etchings done on the backside of mirrors and placed inside a self-made framed lightbox. This is a cool post because it uses the idea of what many of us are interested in: lighting up your glass etching and making a frame for it. But he included another idea that is super cool; he made these for team awards and gave a personalized etching to the team members. That is so much more interesting and unique than the typical end of the season awards.
He etched the school name and logo, a ball that includes the team member’s number and name, the amount of points that person scored and the date. A very creative idea!
It also looks like he used a translucent paint which could be lit up with lights. He then inserted these in frames that his friend made. I will be talking more about making your own frames in the future.
He provided the below details about this project:
I did 31 as team awards. Both varsity girls and boys and included coaches and managers. I have a grand niece and nephew on the teams. Hobby in retirement. A carpenter friend did frames for them all. Our work and that of the carpenter were donated. It is enjoyable giving back to the community. We did not light them all but gave directions to do so.
Dennis also shared the below photo of quite a few of the frames already made and laid out on the table.
These projects that are etched from behind the glass are very cool, which is mostly done by sandblasting. The mirror allows you to add any typical light. Other visitors shared some similar cool projects that you might want to check out: Ernie shared a similar project here, Steffen with LEDs behind the mirror, and Dana’s engraving behind a mirror.
I made a post about an experiment etching behind the mirror, except I lit it with a highlighter and blacklight here. Lighting up regular glass etchings can be found in my tips on lighting up large sandcarvings, Omar’s multi-etched picture frame, Patrick’s jade glass sand carving, or Ron’s wood based etched lighting.
I want to personally thank Dennis for sharing this and I hope you do too! Please leave him any comments or questions below. Thanks!
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