The Daina Project

 

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Here is a picture of my friend Daina. She is photod here at a wedding signing as one of the witnesses. Recently, Daina began to experience some tough life experiences and so a friend of hers, username “wetfifty” decided to do something nice for her. As she was also moving into a new apartment, he thought he could add something artistic.

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And so the project begins.

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First, a negative of the image was crated, using a free online editor, 181.lunapic.com/editor/

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The photo was then uploaded to a site, rastorbator.net, where the picture was mathematically transformed into a series of dots.

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He cut the medium density fire board in half and then again to 37 x 36 inches.

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Each column was 10mm wide and row 5mm wide – now that’s precise!

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Then he filled in the lines across and down.

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The lines and table were completed for scale.

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When he removed the unused parts, a nice outline emerged.

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In total, there were about 8,000 dots. Each one was measured using a transparent ruler. Each measurement was rounded to the nearest 0.5mm and the measurement written next to the dot.

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Then the measurements were transcribed from the paper to the board!

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Here’s a close-up of the dots and the measurements.

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He converted the hole measurements to standard drill sizes, labeling each from 1.5 to 6.

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He used an old pair of gloves to slow the drill chuck faster – this saved a ton of time.

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As this work of art was going into Daina’s home, he asked her what color she would like to have it stained.

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She told him what color she preferred; he applied several coats of stain.

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To allow the board to rest flat against the wall and to prevent light from leaking out the sides, he applied a foam edge.

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He purchased LED ribbon from Amazon.com and installed in into the frame.

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There’s a little more light escaping from the sides than I’d like, but it’s a great first start to the project. Daina still has not seen it, but if she doesn’t like it, we just might keep it for ourselves!