Litophanes

LITHOPHANES

Originally from China, the technique uses stone or rock and panel of porcelain to create a ‘secret image’. The secret image is visible when lit up by light in the background. Nowadays, artists use wax, plaster mould and white polymer (HIPS) combined with the use of technology called 3D CNC Router (Computer Numerical Control).

Hannah Blackwell use wax as her material in creating the ‘secret image’ with lithophane.

Hannah Blackwell - wax lithophane -http://www.ceramichistorian.com/hannahblackwell/hannah2.jpg - date

Hannah Blackwell – wax lithophane -http://www.ceramichistorian.com/hannahblackwell/hannah2.jpg – date 23/11/2014

 

Experiment 1

Master file image must be in .jpg. The file then is transferred onto 3D CNC Router. I used an image I made for one of my applying visual language practice.

Here’s my video of my image inside the 3D CNC in progress:

Here’s the result:

Ayu Baker - lithophane experiment 1 - HIPS - 17/11/2014

Ayu Baker – lithophane experiment 1 – HIPS – 17/11/2014

 

I believe the material is adjustable into different shape or form or even by adding some colour onto it as well. I’d be interesting to apply this technique to create a puppet show or diorama.

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