Hi guys, Nadine here today with a fun hologram viewer and free cut file. I came across this project from a tutorial which used an old cd case, a stanley knife, graph paper and tape. I was super keen to try it out, but I instantly thought that surely it would be quicker, easier and neater to do this with the help of my Silhouette.
This is a fabulously fast project - you can be playing with hologram videos in just 6 minutes from clicking the link here. I think it's a great toy for the summer holidays and it could even become a Science lesson, as it's an example of an illusion called Pepper's Ghost .
What you’ll need:
- Clear acetate
- Free Silhouette Compatible Cut File
- Smartphone / tablet/ laptop
STEP ONE: Download and CutRather than cutting each side separately, I designed the cut file to be a single shape, included all the necessary fold perforations. I even added a little tab so there is no glue or tape needed.
Download the Free Silhouette Compatible Cut File and open it from within Silhouette Studio. Select the size you’d like to use and send to cut. If you haven’t cut acetate before, do a test cut to check your settings. I used the following settings on fairly thin overhead projector film:
Blade 2, thickness 33, speed 8
STEP TWO: Assemble
Fold along the perforations and insert the tab into the slot. The shape will be a square pyramid with the tip cut off.
STEP THREE - Play Hologram Video
Search for ‘Hologram Video’ on Youtube and place your viewer in the middle. The video will have the same video repeated on 4 sides of the screen. Your viewer will reflect each of these into the centre, giving a 3D hologram effect. The best effect is when viewed at eye height in a darkened room.
This was quite a tricky project to photograph as I haven’t mastered filming in low light conditions!
I hope these snaps give a sense of the effect - it's much better in real life.