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 Post subject: A new way to etch...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2004 8:06 pm 
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Ok, some of you may remember my topic on window etching, and how I couldn't choose a method (dremel, engraver, sand blasting, sandpaper frost thing). Well, I came up with my own method. I used a sodering iron. It melted the plexi and made a nice, blurred line in it. You can basically use the iron as a pen/pencil and draw your image. It seemed to work best when I dragged the iron towards me, or pushed it away straight ahead. Pushing resulted in a deeper cut though. You can also flatten out the edge and make a "shading" effect. Depending on how "artfull" you are, you can basically get the same effect as if you were drawing it on paper.

By my choice, I did it on the back of the plexi reversed, so it would be flat on the outside. Then, on the inside, I used sandpaper and steel wool to "frost" the inside of the picture and give it a little more reflective quality. I am pleased with the result, but I had one problem, the plexi I cut was too wide and I can't shut the case, so I need to trim that down. But once I do, I will post pictures of the etch.

This method is great if you don't have a dremel or an engraver, and you don't have access to a sand blaster. It is also better looking than the "scored" look you get from sandpaper.


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 Post subject: Re: A new way to etch...
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SOunds good, but how were the fumes? Were they bad?

Post a pic soon

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That'll work, yeah but you won't get the refraction effect if you plan to illuminate it with LEDs or use UV lighting, it'll be more smooth and less likely to show the light in it. It'll also gunk up your soldering iron pretty bad. My etching is sort of an extension from my background in pyrography, so it just kinda came more natural to me because of that.


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I'm workin ion the pics right now. The fumes weren't bad, and it didn't gunk up the iron, it wasn't that hot of an iron, just hot enough to melt the plexi a liitle. But you are right about the refraction thing. It makes it easier to see the image though, even though it isn't refracting the light. Lemme go take some pics for ya...


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This is the window without lighting (cept for that nasty glare)

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The window on the case, but wait till we turn on the neons!

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Don't that look nice? I like the way it looks, you can see the Rabbit better.

There was a few burns I didn't want, but you can barely notice them.


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Good job man, looks good.


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Hey, looking good man... Have you considered mounting some LED's into the edges of the plexi, it'll refract more that way and make the etch seem to glow.


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willah wrote:
Good job man, looks good.


thanks, I threw this together last night at like 11:30. Now my next step will be a little harder due to money issues.

1. Filling the "cuts" with a UV reactive blue filament
2. Gloss paint job
3. More Chrome (sweet)
4. And Mobo/Proc/Ram upgrades

This system kinda blows, check it out

Intel mobo (locked, duh)
Intel Celeron 1.3Ghz proc
512 PC133 RAM (single channel)
40 Gig Western Digital HDD with bay heatsinks/fans/temp monitor (which has more than one temp monitor so I can monitor CPU temp)
Verto GeForce FX 5500 (OCed)
and a Sound Blaster Audigy LS

First to go, the proc, then the mobo...
any suggestions on a Celeron mobo?


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looks sweet, too bad the system isnt as badass


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The Insane Modder wrote:
Hey, looking good man... Have you considered mounting some LED's into the edges of the plexi, it'll refract more that way and make the etch seem to glow.


I may consider that too...


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My eyes need to be checked out. :?


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Thas coo, any idea where I can get some UV liquid/filament so that I don't have to order it online? I don't like to spend money on stuff online unless it's over $50. Like my upcoming water cooling kit or my new proc...


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That system would make a sweet media server :D


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yeah, i guess, but I use it for games.


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