xoxoxoBruce Thursday Jan 28 01:00 AM
Jan 28, 2010: Leaf Carving
Clodfobble found these carved leaves from China.
WillieO Thursday Jan 28 02:24 AM
Wow, those are cool...but I have nothing more interesting to add...so I'll just leaf now.
SPUCK Thursday Jan 28 06:34 AM
A thousand worms chewing on leaves for a thousand years.
nil_orally Thursday Jan 28 07:07 AM
How much extra for colour?
stevecrm Thursday Jan 28 08:35 AM
They are produced like an old camera film would be, using high intensity light to burn the image onto the leaf............
classicman Thursday Jan 28 08:54 AM
They're beautiful, but some people have WAY too much time on their hands.
Pete Zicato Thursday Jan 28 09:48 AM
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Jan 28 10:16 AM
I disagree, I think it's cut.
Happy Monkey Thursday Jan 28 11:04 AM
I'm guessing scraped.
Pete Zicato Thursday Jan 28 11:20 AM
squirell nutkin Thursday Jan 28 11:57 AM
I'm thinking an acid resist is photo applied, then the un protected areas are washed out with some sort of solvent. Alternatively, you could do a similar resist with a chemical that you know a certain type of insect would avoid, make your image with that and let the bugs go to work. Like how they clean delicate bones of flesh.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Jan 28 12:16 PM
It could be scraped if the Chinar leaf only has coloration on the surface, or to a very shallow depth, and the center flesh in transparent.
Sheldonrs Thursday Jan 28 12:30 PM
Happy Monkey Thursday Jan 28 02:03 PM
Pressing it into a putty of some sort before scraping might help protect the veins as well.
Scriveyn Thursday Jan 28 03:21 PM
From a boy's experimentation book (from memory):
classicman Thursday Jan 28 03:58 PM
Perhaps its a laser that is set just hot enough to either dry out & then remove or burn away enough of the leaf without damaging the veins.
xoxoxoBruce Friday Jan 29 01:39 AM
They're not leaving just the big veins that stick out on the back, though. They leave the whole spider web of tiny veins in between them, too. If you blow up the pictures from the website, you get all kinds of artifacts but the tiny veins are still visible. I think the scraping, with the color only being in the scraped off surfaces, sounds the most plausible.
SPUCK Friday Jan 29 04:10 AM
Huh what? A desktop Excimer laser and some software is somehow not a tool?