This is where I made my crucial mistake. I completely forgot that I was planing on nailing the top half to the bottom half, and glued it together. I...
Ever since I saw this awesome doorthis awesome door awhile ago, I wanted to make something like it for myself. Well, i decided I would try on something on a smaller scale, so a framed heart for a special someone is perfect.
For me, this was easy, a heart. But you're not stuck with a heart, you can make whatever you want, a flower, a star, a tree, anything. I would suggest you keep whatever you are making simple at first, this way you can get a hang for etching the Plexiglas.
Step 2: Gather your parts
There's not really many things you need for this project. A sheet of Plexiglas at least 5x4 inches and at least1/8 inch thick (but thinner is acceptable). LEDs, any color you want, and as many as you want, but it depends on the length of your etching. Power supply, (mine came from an old router that we accidentally bricked), Dremel with 3/32 inch engraving bit, 1x2inch, and 1x3inch pieces of wood (whatever type of wood you like), and the usual hot glue, and solder.
Step 3: Etch Your design
This takes some practice as to how deep you should put the tip of the bit, and how fast you should have your Dremel on, but it's easy to learn. I found that going at least halfway down into a 1/8 inch thick piece of Plexiglas gives the best result. Unless you are an artist, you will want to put a template on the bottom of the Plexiglas to use as a guide.