For years, 3D Photo Crystals has been a popular choice for creating unique keepsakes for people and events. The process involves melting certain special type of crystal using laser light. This special light is invisible to the human eye. Once the crystal is melted, it is formed into an image by using the shape of the crystal as the camera lens.
When using the method you can create an unlimited number of images, depending on how complex you want your pattern to be. To use the technology, you need a photo camera that is equipped with the laser option. Most cameras today come with this option. You will need to transfer the images from the camera onto your computer. Then you will use software that will help you create a pattern of the desired shape and color of the crystal.
You can choose to transfer only some of the images or all of the images. When transferring all of the images, you will need to save them in a single file. You may want to save the whole image or just a selected portion of the image. You can even edit the crystal before you save it to change the colors or pattern if you need to. There are a number of methods to create the pattern.
The most popular method to create a 3d pattern of the image you want to use is called glass bead creation. The image you want to use can be cut into any number of glass beads, which are then placed together in a geometric shape to form the image. This is done by passing the glass beads through a kiln at high temperatures to fuse them together.
The image is placed on a wooden frame that is covered with felt, an insulating substance that allows the glass beads to be sealed tightly against the wood. The kiln is preheated at high temperatures to fuse the glass beads together. After a completed bead creation, you will then carefully remove the kiln from the heat source. Place the beads on a glass bead stand and allow them to dry. This allows you to easily display your new creation, or gift, and keep it safe from breakage.
The process used to create the original 3d photo crystal creation was made even easier when computers and photo printers were introduced. With computers came the ability to create digital images. The image you have decided to make into a 3d photo crystal is then uploaded into the computer. This image is then transferred onto a special computer printer, which melts the glass bead on the printer in the precise colors and sizes required to produce the image you wanted.
For this process to be complete, it is important to note that you need to have a steady source of light in order for your glass bead to be correctly fused. This means that the kiln is not left sitting in a dark spot, but is placed in a brightly lit room. You can then place a special photo light that will illuminate the kiln. Because this light source is not direct, you will see a smudge effect where some of the color of the bead is smudged into the sides of the glass bead because the light is bouncing off the sides.
After the photo bead has been completed, you can then enjoy its beauty in the company of other photo crystals. They will be placed on a wall or stand on a shelf to showcase their sparkle. When choosing a photo crystal for your collection, keep in mind that there are several different types that are available. Some of the most popular are acrylic, glass, and silver photo crystal.