You'd tack it on your fridge, but magnets are so passé. You have standards. Maybe you live in a minimalist highrise overlooking the twinkling horizon of Shanghai, and only the best will do. Or maybe you live in a transparent future-submarine, zipping around the Mariana trench, where opaque decorations are silly & verboten. Well, have I got just the project for you.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials & Tools
Clear Acrylic (3mm thick)
Plastic Strip Heater
Step 2: Measure the Picture You Want to Frame
This photo measures 49mm. x 72mm.
Step 3: Sketch out a Laser Cutting File
The frame will be 49mm wide, like the picture.
The length needs to be long enough to bend 3 times: 2 times for sandwiching the photo between 2 sides of acrylic + 1 time to shape a base. Let's figure it out:
72 x 2 = 144mm (both sides of the acrylic picture sandwich)
5mm for upper curve (some give where acrylic will bend at the top)
15mm for lower curve (some give where acrylic will bend at the base, )
35mm (for the actual base)
So our total length is 144 + 5 + 15 + 35 = 199mm
We know the total size of the rectangle will be 199mm x 49mm. Now add light raster lines where you will be bending the plastic.
Things to Watch out for:
-Leave some clearance in the frame for the picture to slide in between the sandwiched pieces of acrylic. If you make the back piece too long, it will bump into the base & be difficult to open.