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Project by Icarver posted 01-06-2015 05:16 PM 1637 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks before Christmas we had a death in the family. I was asked to make the urn and had four days to complete it. I have never made an urn but decided to incorporate a lithophane into it. A lithophane is made by carving a photo into porcelain, china or corian and then using a back light creates a 3d photo image of the subject. The results look much better in person than in a photo. Lithophanes go back to the 1800’s in Europe. The urn is made of oak and has two inner chambers. The one for the ashes has its own sealed chamber and then the second chamber allows access to the LED lights which back light the Lithophane. The carvings were done on a Carvewright CNC Machine. The black button on the back base turns on the backlight LED’s. The finish is spray Lacquer. See more of this at my facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/solanowoodworking





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#1 posted 01-06-2015 05:46 PM

Sorry for the family loss. A beautifully done and unique urn.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 05:53 PM

Thank you Ron.

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#3 posted 01-06-2015 05:54 PM

What a beautiful tribute to your loved one. Very nice!
Prayers to you and yours on your loss.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 01-06-2015 06:01 PM

Thank you Joe.

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#5 posted 01-06-2015 06:56 PM

Sorry for your loss. A very beautiful piece of work. Amazing you can get that done so fast, even with a cnc. Great work.

-- Marty, Ohio

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#6 posted 01-06-2015 07:17 PM

Thank you Marty, It was a day and night job, I was pretty worried it would not be ready for the services.

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#7 posted 01-06-2015 10:25 PM

Sorry to hear of your loss. This is a beautiful urn. Is there a specific size and/or specifics involved in making one of these for a human remains? Thank you in advance.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#8 posted 01-07-2015 01:33 AM

Roger, I did some research when making this and found that 200 cubic inches is the average size however the formula used by many is 1 cubic inch for every pound the person weighs. my urn was larger because of the two compartments inside, one for the ashes and one for the lithophane and led lights, electronics.

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#9 posted 01-07-2015 06:00 AM

Beautiful Urn, Did it all in only 4 days I know it was a Labor of Love for sure. Sorry for your Loss.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#10 posted 01-07-2015 06:03 AM

Thank you Gshepherd.

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#11 posted 01-07-2015 03:42 PM

First, condolences for you families loss.

That’s a fantastic piece… very well done.

Can you please tell us more about where the graphics came from (angels, mary, hearts). Did you draw them, or do you have a library of images to choose from.

Also, I’d appreciate it if you could share some of the details about how you go from a selected image to hitting play on the Carve right. (i.e. how the tool paths get generated).

Again, a wonderful piece.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Icarver

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#12 posted 01-08-2015 03:36 AM


First, condolences for you families loss.

That s a fantastic piece… very well done.

Can you please tell us more about where the graphics came from (angels, mary, hearts). Did you draw them, or do you have a library of images to choose from.

Also, I d appreciate it if you could share some of the details about how you go from a selected image to hitting play on the Carve right. (i.e. how the tool paths get generated).

Again, a wonderful piece.

- Mainiac Matt

Thank you Matt for the compliments and condolences. Some of the graphics (the angels, the hearts were purchased on a disk of 2000 Carvewright patterns I bought on ebay. The Lady of Guadalupe was purchased from carvewrights website where they sell patterns. I have made my own patterns but on this particular carve I used purchased ones. The carvewright machine uses its own proprietary software which does not use g code like many other cnc machines. The plus is that the software is pretty easy to use and learn. The software is pretty basic that comes with the machine and then the company sells many add on’s running 200-300 per add on software. You can import pictures and get 2d carvings from them and you can draw vectors and cut paths using the basic software. The design is then uploaded to a memory card (also proprietary) which you then insert into the cnc machine to transfer your design. It is great low cost machine that can handle much larger carvings than most low priced cnc machines.

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