I wanted to make a Christmas decoration as my entry for the calender. The idea of being creative to a deadline is something entirely new and my ideas changed somewhat between the start and finish. I've decided to include all 3 variations here (although the third one isn't really finished)

I started wanting to make a cool angel based on some of the awesome angel wing effect of Tyreal from Diablo II. I built upon my previous Lithophane instructable but I just couldn't get a christmassy angel design from it so I just ended up making a lithophane of Tyreal which came out rather well. From here the design split into a better angel shape and a much more christmassy lithophane.

I'm fortunate enough to own a laser cutter, paid for by sales of my iron man arc reactor (thank you instructables community) So it would have been silly not to use it for all the hard work but this can still be cut using a scalpel and some patience. I recommend getting a good cutting matt and a new scalpel blade before starting. 

Step 1: Tyreal Design

Load up the base image in a vector editing program, I used inkscape. I then traced around the image creating new vector shapes for the significant parts of the image. I decided that 4 colours would show enough details. I also wanted a completely flat front to the image so it looks like a sheet of paper from the outside. This means I require 3 layers of paper underneath the top surface.

I roughly set out the 3 different layers. The whitest layer should be the wings and the flaming sword, anything that is pure white and made of light. The robes hands and smaller wings should be the next lightest colour. The armour should be darker still and everything else should be left as black (or as dark as possible with 4 layers of paper)

Once all the parts have been drawn round they should be copied and grouped into the appropriate layers. The white parts are required to be cut into all 3 parts, the robes on 2/3 sheets etc. I duplicated the whole image 3 times and deleted parts from each layer before combining the remaining parts to form the cut outlines.

Separate vector parts for each layer can be found in the svg.
please upload all image of Christmas Lamp. Thanks!
well your final product looks great. It'll be interesting to see what you do with the other ideas you have going here.<br><br>Thanks for your submission to the Advent Calendar
<a href="http://msraynsford.blogspot.com/2011/12/winged-heart.html" rel="nofollow">I've updated the wooden wings here:</a><br> <a href="http://msraynsford.blogspot.com/2011/12/winged-heart.html" rel="nofollow">http://msraynsford.blogspot.com/2011/12/winged-heart.html</a><br> <br> <br>
That is absolutely gorgeous! - I love wooden crafts. &nbsp;<br> <br> If you don't mind a suggestion... I have seen a number of wooden display cones used for jewelry stores etc. and if you were to make one like this <a href="http://www.selectjewelrydisplays.com/catalog/DWR6-Oa_228_1.jpg" rel="nofollow">example</a> and add a wooden ball on top, you would (no pun intended) have the makings of an angel. It could also be used for the purposes of a jewelry display (in which case you could sell them if you made more).<br> <br> Great job! Share your progress when you have time.
Currently the winged heart looks like this but there is another revision on the drawing board when I find time<br> <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/kTLpdV4eA-UkrlKL82YDyNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink" rel="nofollow">https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/kTLpdV4eA-UkrlKL82YDyNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink</a>
Looks great. Love the lighting. :)

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