This unique 2D crystal photo holder is a nice way to display your favorite photos. Your favorite photo is instantly laser engraved onto a high-quality crystal photo holder that stands just like a traditional photo frame. You can even choose to customize your photo with a name, saying, or date. You’ll be amazed at the impact a crystal photo holder can have on the way you decorate!
The process of engraving is simple and easy. First, you must place the crystal photo block on a flat surface. Then, with the laser photo block positioned directly over the image, begin the engraving by using a damp piece of cloth on the beam’s focus point. Make sure your hands are clean before you begin to run the laser over the photo block. If there is any moisture present, the engraving won’t hold and your image will be destroyed.
Next, depending on your type of crystal photo holder, it is necessary to place the luminous base under the laser photo block. Place the luminous base over the image on the crystal photo holder and ensure the base is even and level. Then, use the engrave tool (you can find one in any craft store) to slowly run the laser over the image to embed the engrave. Again, be sure to be cautious when running the laser over the image, especially if the luminous base is underneath the laser photo block.
If your photograph is a bit too large for the crystal photo holder or isn’t flat enough, you may want to consider a collage picture frame or a collage paper. For smaller photos, you can use regular 8.5 x 11 inch cards or standard size card stock. Either way, make sure the photo is centered in the photo block. Remember to always include a clear front page to show off the full photo and a back page to add embellishments or comments about the photo. A handmade collage will only work best if the photo is perfectly flat and within the frame, but if you have access to a lathe, then by all means go for it. A handmade collage will also be more authentic and interesting than a professionally made one.
When you have found the best photograph to use as a base crystal, you can then begin the process of engraving. Simply start with a clean surface by removing any dust or stray materials with a damp cloth. Place the crystal over the photo so that it overlays the photo crystal over the photograph. Next, run the engraver slowly across the surface of the crystal, applying pressure to get the right level of depth. Remember not to go too fast, or you may ruin the engraving. The finished result should look like an ice cream sundae with frosting on the top.
To create a portrait format, you will need a larger photo block and a plain glass block (the type with the flat bottom). Take your clean, clear photo block and place it on top of the bottom glass block, creating a layer above the photo. Place the crystal photo block above the photo, over the photo, and run the engraver over the crystal photo. Next, use the flat side of your glass block to create a border, then put on your overlay. Make sure that you use the same color for the background and overlay as you used for the photo block, and you are ready to create your masterpiece.