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3D images with relief and spatula technology
3D images with relief and spatula technology
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A little bit of plaster, filler, matching shapes and strong colors - that's all you need for the original 3D images.

Table of contents Table of contents Design 3D images with relief and spatula technology

  • What do you need for 3D murals?
  • How do you make 3D images and handles yourself?
  • Our tips:

Table of contents Table of contents Design 3D images with relief and spatula technology

  • What do you need for 3D murals?
  • How do you make 3D images and handles yourself?
  • Our tips:

3D images are an absolute eye-catcher and fit any interior. With the right design, they are suitable for both the bedroom and the kitchen. We will show you how you can design the extraordinary pictures yourself using the relief and spatula technique and how you can also use the homemade shapes to make great handles for drawers. Here we go!

What do you need for 3D murals?

The good thing about 3D murals is that you don't have to be a great artist to get an appealing result. They come in particularly well when you hang three small pictures with 3D optics side by side. To do it yourself you need:

  • Wooden picture frame
  • Relief molding compound
  • Pouring molds
  • Acrylic craft paints (59 milliliters, about 1.50 euros / Rayher)
  • Clear coat
  • brush
  • patterned paper (for example, sturdy gift or scrapbooking paper)
  • Glue gun
  • Spray adhesive

While you're at it, the shapes can be used to create beautiful drawer handles. You can screw this to a small mini chest of drawers, in which you can store jewelry or smaller items. For this you also need:

  • Drawer boxes (e.g. from Ikea)
  • Four-centimeter-long screws with nuts for the handles
  • drill
  • Bamboo stick

With a special spatula technique, you can also create a 3D effect without having to cast separate shapes - this technique is particularly suitable for large murals. For this you also need:

  • Six millimeter thick MDF or plywood board
  • Gypsum filler (hardware store)
  • Pointed spatula
Schubladen, mit eigens gestalteten Griff
Schubladen, mit eigens gestalteten Griff

Individual pieces: drawers that are decorated with a specially designed handle.

Photo: Bine Brändle

How do you make 3D images and handles yourself?

Put simply, the pictures consist of a mass that is poured into molds. Then they are painted with acrylic paint and clear varnish - and the individual decorative object is finished. We will show you step by step how to create your own 3D images.

1. Pour blanks

Mix the relief mass according to the package instructions and then pour it quickly into the molds. For the drawer handles, you can press a screw head-first into the casting compound in a few ornaments. After about 30 minutes, carefully remove the hardened mass from the mold. Depending on the shape, you can pour fruits, flowers or just classic balls.

Die Gipsformen gießen
Die Gipsformen gießen

The relief mass is poured into molds.

Photo: Bine Brändle

2. Paint

Then paint the blanks with acrylic paint and cover them with a layer of clear varnish after drying. Here you can be particularly creative: the ornaments not only have to be in one color, but can also be decorated with dots or stripes. Let your imagination run wild.

For the large mural, prime the plate with green acrylic paint. Use spray filler to glue the plaster figures in the shape of a flower. Paint the center of the flower with yellow paint as soon as the plaster is dry.

Die Rohlinge bemalen
Die Rohlinge bemalen

The blanks are painted.

Photo: Bine Brändle

3. Stick on

While the paint is drying, you can prepare the picture frames. To do this, glue colored paper with a spray adhesive onto the entire image area. Paint the frame with acrylic paint to match the color. If you paint it white, it creates a particularly elegant contrast. Once everything has dried, you can apply the relief in the middle with a hot glue gun.

Die Blüten aufkleben
Die Blüten aufkleben

The relief is glued on with a hot glue gun.

Photo: Bine Brändle

4. Drawer handles

As a spacer between the drawer and the handle, cut a piece a few millimeters long from the hollow, evenly round bamboo stick - this is best done with a fine saw. Put it on the screw like a washer. Then drill a hole in the drawer front and put the handle on it. After that you only have to screw it with a nut and you have an individual drawer!

Den Griff anbringen
Den Griff anbringen

The homemade handle is attached.

Photo: Bine Brändle

Our tips:

  • Casting molds are available in craft supplies. You can also use silicone baking pans or sandpit molds. Maybe you still have funny motifs from the last cookie baking?
  • The casting compound is extremely unbreakable. With the right shape, you can even cast the frames yourself.
  • Is it too difficult for you to cast the reliefs? In the craft shop you can buy blanks made of wood or polystyrene in many shapes. Simply paint, stick on, done.

Marlen Bruckner

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