Photo of a “lithophane” I made of Gable. It’s a bit larger than a phone

Happy Valentine’s Day all! 🙂

A lithophane is a picture that shows its image when backlit. Thin areas light up brightly, while thick areas block light and so end up darker. So all the light and dark pixels, and all the shades in between, are controlled entirely by the variable thickness of the material.

Here’s what it looks like lit from the front.

Notice that the deepest areas of the sheet are the brightest in the backlit image.

How was this weird thing made? So, I just got a 3D printer, and this is one of the more recent things I created in the process of learning it’s workflow and quirks. 🙂

Categories: Art