Hey, maybe you folks can help me figure something out? So, you may remember that I made a stained glass bougainvillea piece
in my class last fall. My own original design:
Finished piece (9 1/4 x 12 1/4 inch):
I'm pretty happy with how the stained glass came out, but I don't really have a need for it anywhere in my house. I might at some point want to do some bougainvillea stained glass for Kavi's room, but if I did, I'd design it to be inset into a door or a window, rather than as a hanging piece. So I was thinking I would use this as the base for a poetry collage art project. Maybe paste typed poetry on the glass, or, more likely, write directly on the glass with a writing-on-glass permanent pen. (Very carefully.)
But the piece needs to either hang in a window (which people might not have to spare) or be backlit, so the stained glass glows properly. Like this (in these photos, the piece has sunlight behind it):
It'll also display a lot better that way at the art show, since it'll just be hanging on a pegboard wall. So what I think I'd like to do is create a shadowbox for it (11x14), and mount the glass near the front of the box, with a light behind it. I tried poking around for backlit shadowboxes online, but all the pre-made ones I found are rather hideously expensive -- $200+ or so. There have to be less expensive ones out there, right? I just want a simple wooden box, that either already has a light inside it, or that I can mount a small light inside. Either battery-operated or plug-in, but battery-operated would be better, I think, like a booklight. The stained glass will be hanging freely near the front of the box, so that if the battery dies, it'll be easy for the owner to replace. (Although a good, super-long-lasting battery/bulb would be ideal, of course, and I could use suggestions for that too.)
Do I need to actually build the box myself? My carpentry skills are pretty nil at the moment. Is there somewhere I can find cheap wood boxes online that I'm missing? I don't need it to be a fancy box; a rustic look is just fine, since I can paint it, etc. Help!