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    SCAPE Member SCAPEr stormvisions's Avatar
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    Planning a 'Shadow Box' Background

    Not putting this in DIY yet as I am still buying materials - so is still just planning stage- but I have everything but the plastic so far.

    So far I have the remote controlled flexible LED which was about $10 when I got it https://amzn.to/2t480ol
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    I have a 40mm quiet PC fan, a fan to USB adapter and a small powered USB hub I will use to power the light and fan.

    Here's a quick mock-up of what I'm planning (using SketchUp free online 3D modeler https://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-free) . I still need to find a thin plastic I can bend with a hair dryer and that isn't too expensive. I'm thinking styrene but will probably go to the art store and see what I can do. I'd like to go to Tap Plastics or other places I've heard mentioned on the forum and have someone cut and bend but need to keep this low cost so will do it myself.

    I may also need to research a projector screen type paint or something with similar surface qualities depending on what the plastic surface quality is.

    Over the light I am thinking of putting a ledge so I could make some Dura-Lar film overlays to project shapes onto the screen. I was also toying with the idea that the small fan, with some sort of strands of yarn or similar would move and cast some moving shadows but that may be me going too far down the rabbit hole.

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    I'll also close off the sides to prevent light spill.
    Last edited by stormvisions; 06-12-2018 at 01:03 PM.

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    SCAPE Member SCAPEr stormvisions's Avatar
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    Realized I made a mistake and with a straight shot to the top I would not get the effect I wanted. have to be more like this. Probably a good idea to work things out on 'paper' first.

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    You are the kind of "oops, i did a decent job at sketchup" that i wish i could "wow, i did amazing" on sketch up.

    I know of a couple preople who have done shadow boxes, and this is s big more i in depth.

    I think this will result very nicely for your vision.

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    Here's hoping - thanks. I can use SketchUp good enough for making 'boxy' things.

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    Only thing I would add is end caps, but looks good man.

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