This article is all about me engraving a Lian Li PCV1000B, to turn it into a Star Wars tribute case. Doing engravings with a Dremel is something that just becomes more and more popular, so after a successful Hellraiser mod, I'm back for another go. I'll be giving some tips and pointers in this article that will hopefully be of some help, and maybe will inspire you to start doing some Dremel-work yourself.
(Editor's Note: If you're interested, you might also like to check out our Engraving - A Modder's How To article.)
This is the raw canvas for this project, the Lian Li PCV1000B.
Choosing the imageChoosing the right picture to etch is very important. If you are a beginner try and choose images without any shadows and too much detail - a simple, clean line is a lot easier to get right, so stick to clear, line-based designs. If you want to do something a little more difficult, try adding in some very fine detail. A good way to play with an image is to use Photoshop - you will be able to use the various tools to trace over a very complicated image on a new layer and create a simple line drawing from it.
How do I get my sketch onto the chassis?When you've got your image printed and ready to engrave, you'll need to apply it to the case so that you have some lines to follow - the easiest way to do this is by using carbon paper. It's a simple technique: put the carbon paper where you want your etch, take the line drawing, and use a (tough) pen to trace over it. This will transfer it to the carbon paper, which is very thin and should transfer the tracing to the case's surface. If you've got some major artistic talent you could do it by freehand, but that is much harder.
Other things to Consider
- Make sure that you have a good working position - a kitchen table or something like that works fine for me.
- Don't rush, take it slow and be careful, because one mistake can be the difference between a great engraving and a poor one.
- If you have some pieces of left-over plexi or even an old chassis, use that for practice before you attack your main case.
Right Side Engraving
I came up with the idea of doing the Dark Side on the right of the case and the Light Side on the left. On the right, I decided to have Boba Fett.
Here you can see the clean and clear lines that the carbon paper makes on the case. A good sketch makes it much easier to work with the Dremel on top.
Left Side Engraving
The original sketch of Yoda on carbon paper had quite a lot of tight detail.
Time for another coffee break, and then on to the top of the case.
The Final resultHere are some candyshots of the finished case:
You can click the thumbs below for 800px large versions...
So this was my latest project... I'm sure I'll be busting out the Dremel for some more action very soon!
If you're interested in the tools I used to complete this project, here's the run-down.
- Dremel Multi Professional.
- Dremel Flexible shaft.
- Dremel Diamond engraving bits 7144 and 7134.
- Pelikan Plenticopy 200h carbon paper.
- Time, patience and coffee!
A big thanks to Gtek.se for providing the case and making this project possible, you guys rock!
To everyone else i will just say.. Grab your Dremels and make some art!
[i]This article can be found in its original Swedish version at SweClockers.com.