GlitchArtwork

3D retro video game shadow boxes and cartridge holders

Toronto, Canada · 1811 Sales

GlitchArtwork

3D retro video game shadow boxes and cartridge holders

Toronto, Canada 1811 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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I just made 1500 sales. Very humbled and grateful for the support!
The postal gent just picked up the last of the holiday orders, so I can't guarantee delivery before Christmas. Please have a very awesome holiday season! I'm totally going to take a nap.
RAMPAGE! I've made a little update to this classic arcade shadowbox.
This is a part from my Zelda cartridge holder. Here I am painting the edges of the foamboard with some lovely acrylic paint. It makes the side of the plinth match the top, and I think it makes it look a little more detailed.
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About

Etsy's First Retro Arcade Shadowboxes!

I could see what the golden era game designers were going for. They wanted depth in their games, but the limits of old-school hardware didn’t quite let their vision out of the screen. They could simulate depth by using techniques such as parallax scrolling—and it was awesome!

I wanted to pay tribute to these designers, programmers, artists, and visionaries. They did so much with so little. They took tiny grids of pixels and turned them into magic—space ships, heroes, monsters—all the wondrous fantasy elements, firing the player’s imagination.

There were a handful of other 3D shadowbox artists, but they were using automatic craft paper cutting machines, leaving the whole 3D effect kind of, well, flat. Plus, their offerings were really expensive considering that the cost of materials was just pennies. Why were they so flat? Why were they so expensive?

We quit our day jobs, and Glitch Artwork was born!

With a whole lot of kind engineering support, we invented a new method to make these designs POP out. Everything’s done on layers of 3/16th inch foamcore board, not paper or cardstock. Layers are built upon one another, until the 3D sculpture inside the shadowbox comes to life. Generally we fill the ENTIRE depth of the shadowbox with layers of art, for maximum “pop.”

(If you’d like more details on exactly how these thing are created, I made a video detailing the whole process. The first photo at the top of the page is actually a video. Take a look if you’d like.)

We love to carefully construct scenes from old-school arcade and console games. At Glitch, all the heroes pop out. You put them on your wall.

Shop members

  • Jill

    Owner

    Administrative and management Goddess.

  • T-Bone Forest

    Owner

    A manufacturing and design guru whose artistic tendencies who finally hit critical mass. He enjoys enjoys building things, playing guitars, horsing around with computers, and playing with cats.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 13, 2017
This is the original Retro Arcade Shadowboxes on Etsy!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation: before item has shipped
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Did the frame get destroyed in the mail? We'll cheerfully send you a new one immediately.

If you have any other issue, we're friendly and flexible :D Let's have a chat. In fact, let's have a chat even if you don't have a problem. :D
Payment
All payment methods that Etsy accepts are accepted by Glitch Artwork too!
Shipping
ALL SHIPPING TO USA AND CANADA IS NOW FREE!
ALL SHIPMENTS COME WITH A TRACKING NUMBER!

IN THE USA AND CANADA: Your shadow box will be shipped by "Tracked Packet" which is the quickest available

Elsewhere: Your art will be shipped from Canada as a "Tracked Packet - International"

More information

Last updated on Dec 12, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Do you do custom shadowboxes?

Due to the large volume of non-custom art we're doing, custom orders are expensive. It generally takes 15-20 hours to design and prototype a new shadow box. The design process is tricky. Unlike most art forms, if you do this wrong, you will literally start fires! Seriously! Lasers are not to be trifled with.

For rates, please see this listing:

www.etsy.com/ca/listing/481905281/custom-shadowbox

Don't be afraid to suggest which one we do next! Ya never know!

How do you make this stuff?

In short, I use a laser cutter to cut printed foamboard, and then build the layers up.

This is done with foamboard rather than cardstock, so the layers won't bend over time. It also gives it a nice layered effect.

Please take a look at this little YouTube video I made of me making a shadowbox:

http://bit.ly/2jQtNKC

Refunds and Exchanges

Did the frame get destroyed in the mail? We'll cheerfully send you a new one immediately.

If you have any other issue, we're friendly and flexible :D Let's have a chat. In fact, let's have a chat even if you don't have a problem.

I need it for Christmas 2017! What's the last day to order?

Christmas shipments are DONE! The friendly postal gentleman just picked up the last of it at 4:30PM EST, December 12th, 2017. Thanks everybody, and have an awesome holiday!