I've got grand plans for 2 4'x8' pieces of plywoods, drywall studs, handful of nails, and enough string to wrap around the world a few dozen times. In due time, they will emerge before your eyes as a beautifully branded photo backdrop.
But in due time.
For now, I wanted to nail down my game plan with a tiny test run.
*pun very much intended*
I have always been drawn to simple renderings of inanimate objects, especially objects that the children of 2050 will never have the pleasure of finding on their grandfather's desk.
The good ol magnifying glass.
I did a quick google search and printed one to my liking, but I also recommend drawing up a template in Illustrator or the like.
After I cut out the perimeter of the glass, I gentle hammered small holes to later use once the template was removed.
I made sure to keep spacing between the handle, connector, and the glass itself. I think these divides allow the eye to not get lost in the many, many, many lines going on.
To create the appearance of texture, I used different patterns for the handle and the glass. Note the handle resembles more of a wood grain, moving vertically where as the glass's crisscrossing is used to mimic a central depth.
And just like that - my fireplace mantel has a new friend.
Beyond a fun decor project, this little guy taught me quite a bit for my larger project coming up. When resources and materials are being used, it is always a good idea to take the time for a tiny test run to limit stress, waste, and the unexpected.