Turn a comic book into a 3d pop out piece of art for your favorite geek.
Step 1: Items Needed
· Comic Book
· Plywood (2 pieces at 1/8" thick)
· Dowel (1” long)
· Two small blocks of wood (3/4” x 3/4” x 2”)
· White Paint (with brush)
· Modge Podge (with brush)
· Wood Glue
· Small Screw
· Sand Paper
· Scroll Saw
· Screw Driver
· Table Saw (optional)
Step 2: Pick the Image/page
Optional/Suggestion – Prior to looking for the page and image, carefully remove the staples used to bind the comic book.
Pick the main image. Consider how this will look when cut out. Are there items that overlay the image? Will this be a problem?
Find a page that will be the backer. Consider looking for a page that will not take away from the main image. Also consider a page with multiple panels.
Step 3: Cut the Image/page From the Comic Book
Roughly cut out what will be the main image. Also cut out the page that will be the backer. If possible a paper cutter might make this easier, however scissors will work fine.
Step 4: Plywood
Cut out two pieces of plywood. The size should be slightly bigger than a page from a comic book or the backer page.
Step 5: Starting the Backer
On the piece of plywood that will be used as the backer, paint the center of the board white.
Step 6: Punch a Hole
Poke a hole into the page to be used as the backer. In this project the handle of the paint brush was used to punch the hole. Make sure to punch it from the back. This hole will be used to make it look like the main piece punched out of the page.
Step 7: Attach the Backer Page
After the paint (from step 5) has dried, apply a thin coat of Modge Podge to the board. Place the image on the board and smooth by hand.
Let the piece set for a few moments and then smooth out any wrinkles and/or bubbles.
Pry up the edges of the hole made in step 6, this will keep them from attaching to the board.
Step 8: Attach the Backer Page Part 2
After the Modge Podge from step 6 has dried, apply a coat of Modge Podge on the top of the page.
NOTE: Modge Podge will go on a milky white, it will dry clear.
When applying the top coat you will want Modge Podge on both sides of the flaps from the hole.
Position the flaps so they look like something has pushed/punched through the page.
Step 9: Trim the Back
Once all is dry, cut the excess wood from the edges. This can be done with various types of saws. The example shown in the video uses a table saw.
Step 10: Attach the Stand/blocks
Using wood glue, attach the small blocks to the bottom/back of the board. These should be slightly above the bottom of the board (1/8 to 1/4"). This will allow the piece to lean or tilt back. This is important as the piece is front heavy.
Step 11: Attach the Main Image
Using the same method as on Step 7 -
On the second piece of plywood apply a thin coat of Modge Podge. Place the main image on the board. Smooth the image.
Allow this to sit for a few moments and smooth out any wrinkles and/or bubbles that have formed.
Step 12: Attach the Main Image Part 2
Same as in Step 8 -
Once the Modge Podge from step 11 has dried, apply a top coat of Modge Podge.
Step 13: Cut Out the Main Image
After allowing to dry, cut the main image out using a scroll saw. If needed, lightly sand the edges when completed.
Step 14: 2nd Coat
Apply a 2nd coat of Modge Podge to the main image as well as the backer. Allow to dry.
Step 15: Add the Dowel
Attach the dowel to the back of the main image using wood glue. Keep in mind that the dowel is what will be used to attach the main piece to the backer, so position could be important.
Step 16: Attach the Main Image
Attach the main image to the backer using a screw from the back of the piece. It is suggested that a pilot hole should be drilled prior to using the screw.
Step 17: Finished
The piece is completed.
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