Several weeks ago I came across some videos of a technique of spray painting camo pattern with leaves and branches and I wanted to try that out. I took the last Ikea frame I had lying around and just started spraying. After that, I did not know exactly what to display in that frame and so it just collected dust since then. A few days ago I remembered that I bought an old, really, really cheap digital picture frame on ebay.
Every now and then I play some Jagged Alliance and then the idea of displaying some characters in the frame came to my mind.
This is the short 'ible of how I put this together...
Things I used for this project:
- Ikea picture frame
- Spray paint - I used brown, grey and black
- Strip of wood
- Digital picture frame
- Regular household tools
- and a printer
Step 1: Spraying the Frame
As mentioned above this was the first try of spray painting something with holding leaves between the object and the spay can. I think with different branches the result would be better, but for the first try and the purpose I am using it, the color palette and combination worked out fine.
Step 2: Inserting the Monitor
To get the monitor inside the frame I had to remove its' casing by simply unscrewing every screw I could find. That left me with the monitor and the pcb. These together were flat enough to fit in the frame.
I sawed two strips of wood which fit inside the spacer and glued the monitor to the sticks and the sticks to the spacer.
Step 3: Printing the Passepartout and Assembly
Since the opening in the original passepartout was too big for the screen I took a sheet of thin cardboard and cut a new one. But just the white paper around the monitor looked boring, so I printed out a part of the map of Metavira and with some spray adhesive I glued it to the cardboard.
Before the final assembly, I took some screenshots of the characters of the game and cropped them to size, saved these to the sd-card and everything was ready for putting together.
If you power the frame up, every 10 seconds a random face appears in the middle of the map.
Thank you for taking the time reading this short story of a project you can do without fancy tools or skills.