Working with Backlit Onyx Panels: From Opaque to Translucent
The process of creating a piece of backlit onyx is one of transformation. From raw material extracted from the earth, onyx material undergoes a series of changes in making it to a final installation, illuminated in its glory. The characteristics of the stone shift at every step in the production process, making the upfront selection a leap of faith as designers make initial sections on raw material.
Here is a visual timeline of a recently completed backlit onyx project, from slab to install. We highlight tips for designers to consider at every step.
Step 1: Block Selection
When the stone is still in block format, designers should be evaluating the overall quality of the onyx.
- Check the stability and consistency of the slab by requesting core samples.
Step 2: Slab Selection
Step 3: Pattern Design
Step 4: Fabrication + Cutting
Step 5: Backlighting + Installation