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Done in the traditional stained glass technique of using lead and copper foil, Ben Light brings a different take on the craft by using laser-cut pieces of acrylic. Surprisingly the acrylic didn’t melt despite the necessary heat that was applied. The result is a great proof of concept for more complex works.


Michael Colombo

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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  1. Mark Sendzik on said:

    Hey Michael, how thick is the acrylic glass? 1/8 inch? What power laser did you cut in on? 30/40/45/wattt/etc. Did the copper foil have any problem sticking to the glass edges after being cut by the laser? Do you have a preference of software that you used to make the cuts? Autocad, Photoshop, etc. Great idea… Great job!

  2. Hi Mark. I actually didn’t make this, Ben Light did. There’s a hyperlink to his site in the article and you can email him with questions.

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