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Tissues come in boring boxes so why not put a geeked out cover on top of it? Why not indeed.

I recently saw this project on Kanojo.de and figured that I could easily do a version in acrylic with the help of a laser cutter. It also helps to make one big change which is to swap the Aperture icon on top for the blue Portal icon.

So where's the orange portal? On the inside of the box. Had to be consistent.

Here's how it was made.
 
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Step 1: Laser cutting the acrylic

Picture of Laser cutting the acrylic
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This whole project uses 1.5 sq ft of 1/4" white acrylic and was cut on an Epilog Legend 36EXT.

The square and Portal cutouts were done in the normal way. Blasting with the laser until it was cut through. For the designs on the tops of the pieces, I did a light vector cut and peeled away the positive, leaving the safety film as a stencil.

Big, big thanks to Zeptozephyr at deviantART for making the vector files I used.

Step 2: Paint!

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The 5 side and bottom pieces were painted by first masking off the top edges and applying 2 coats of black spraypaint.

For the top piece, here is what I would do next time:
 - Mask Portals and paint edges black
 - Take off masking and paint underside orange (Montana Gold orange)
 - Spraypaint top side blue (Montana Gold light blue)

Let the paint dry to the touch and remove the tape and protective film.

Step 3: Glue and more glue

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For the sides and top of the box I used an acrylic glue to glue it all together. I clamped and weighted it down and let the whole thing sit for 24 hours.

When that was done, I hot glued 4 magnets on the inside of the box as well as 4 nuts onto the base plate. Now, when the base plate goes on the bottom it holds itself in place so you can pick up the whole box without the tissue box falling out.
awesome box
n0ukf2 years ago
How many of us know someone with a laser cutter... let alone have one ourselves?
They sell portal coasters somewhere, and there like the exact same thing.
You can use a vinyl cutter and use vinyl instead of paint. If you don't have a vinyl cutter just about every mall these days has a kiosk where they cut vinyl.
Lol, I dunno where you live, but here in New York, no mall has a vinyl cutting kiosk (at least not from upstate to Albany. New York City might). However, anyone who considers using vinyl could ask around town to see if they could borrow one of those "Cricut" machines. They cut vinyl, but for a one-time project aren't really worth the price tag.
n0ukf kderusha2 years ago
The only Cricut machines I've seen anywhere (Walmart, Kmart, etc) so far only have preprogrammed graphics, which I'm willing to bet don't include Portal graphics.
kderusha n0ukf2 years ago
Yes, cricut machines come with pre-programmed graphics, but for any hard-core artist (certainly any one willing to drop 200 dollars on a fancy cutting machine) will usually spring for the design studio, as well, which allows you to design your own graphics on a computer. Yes, designing portal graphics would be illegal, but anyone who wants a portal tissue box will just have to accept that fact and, you know, do it anyway.
to aim the laser, use the thermal discouragement beam redirection cube
ayralu n0ukf2 years ago
I can help you to cut it with laser. lol
fungus amungus (author)  n0ukf2 years ago
Use the tools you have. I have access to a laser cutter so I did it this way. If not you can use a service like Ponoko.

The project that I got the idea from used MDF. It's just a box.
canucksgirl2 years ago
Lucky guy in Tennessee :)

Very creative, especially your magnetic design for the base. Great Job!
JeanKnox2 years ago
Very cool.
Misac-kun2 years ago
Looks cool and professional! the laser cuting really does the diference!
Cool!
ayralu2 years ago
Ooh. I can do acrylic tissue box too.
fungus amungus (author)  ayralu2 years ago
Do it!
lol But yours are more beautiful,
monsterlego2 years ago
Well done fungus!
fungus amungus (author)  monsterlego2 years ago
Thanks!
colorex2 years ago
Nice project! Amazing idea! I like how you stay true with the orange portal :)
fungus amungus (author)  colorex2 years ago
Thanks, I had to have the orange portal in there as well. Would've been incomplete without.

Was also considering putting some of the graffiti from the first game on the inside like "the cake is a lie" and such, but ran out of time and didn't find great source material to match it closely.
scott0982 years ago
I was thinking of making one out of 6mm ply, and gluing printed icons on.
fungus amungus (author)  scott0982 years ago
Post a picture here if you make it!
mikeasaurus2 years ago
What a neat idea to spruce up a boring tissue box, awesome!