Acrylic on acrylic hinge - friction?

I'm building an articulated 'puppet' using 3mm acrylic sheet for the 'skeleton' My hinges will be simple sandwiches of two outer and one inner piece, held together with a snap-together nylon rivet. The flat contact area is about half a square inch (see attached image). The 'puppet' will be controlled by tendons attached to gloves, so will only have the force of single fingers to move them. I need to know how smooth a joint this will be, before I start ordering nylon washers. Anyone got experience of this sort of join? Will it be ok dry, or will a small amount of  lubrication help? (petroleum jelly? liquid silcone?). Or do I need to commit to washers. Needs to be as frictionless as possible!

Topic by Crispy75 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Acrylic Cabinet

Hello everyone! I'm a long time instructables.com fan but I just recently signed up again with a new email address. I need some advice on building an acrylic box to hold some kewl things in my home. It needs to be durable and hard to break into. Here is an example: http://www.akrylix.com/photos/682-lexan-hinge-boxes-.jpg or see attached photos. I found a supplier for 1/2" acrylic sheets and laser cutting but my question is how do I connect all the panels? Should I go the route people choose when building an aquarium? Thanks so much for any advice or help you can offer! Cheers, Kevin

Topic by qeb 3 years ago


Acrylic car paint.?

Is the water based acrylic paint my car is painted with essentially the same as the artist acrylic paint I paint pictures with?

Question by rickharris 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


where to buy acrylic

Hello, I am trying to figure out where to buy glass quality acrylic I can mix myself and make a cube 1ft^3 out of.  also if anyone knows the safety issues. Do i need a fume hood or gas mask?

Topic by AviF3 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Castable Clear Acrylic

I was wondering if there was a clear two part acrylic that I could use to pour into a mold and encase a smaller object. I just found my first four leaf clover, and would like to encase it in a clear acrylic cube. Thanks.

Topic by Ora 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Mirror acrylic Glue

Hey,I have been researching the best way to glue acrylic mirror together into a cube the same as the picture attached. So far I have been told it is quiet hard but Dichloro is what my supplier was able to find out. I have read a lot of health hazards and difficulty getting hold of it. Is there any that would be able to point me in the right direction.With my normal acrylic i just use a weldbond etc but the mirrored surface would not be suited.Thanks in advance everyone.

Question by PeteH66 3 months ago  |  last reply 3 months ago


information about acrylic...

This is an excellent site, but sometimes I just want to do the simplest or thing. For example, I want to build my own acrylic display case for a model I am making. What I'd like to know: 1. where can i get acrylic/polycarbonate 2. what kind of tool are used to cut them 3. what kind of tool/glue are used to connect them basic information about common DIY materials like that. While I'd appreciate any help in replys, perhaps there should be a section (wiki-like perhaps?) dedicated to that for beginners like myself?

Topic by mathfeel 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Cutting acrylic sheets

I am trying to cut some pieces of acrylic sheeting about 3/16th inches thick.  I was wondering if the instructables on the laser cutter built from 2 old scanners would work for cutting the acrylic sheets? Or if not that, what might work for making acrylic parts that are flush enough to chemical bond making a water tight connection? Thank you, Eron.

Topic by eronjonson 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to frost acrylic? Answered

Hi Guys, I'm making a project in which I will need to frost the acrylic (3mm plexiglass) and since frost paint or frosted acrylic is not available around here where I live I will have to use sandpaper. Last time I tried frosting acrylic (6mm plexiglass) with sandpaper (which was 180 or 280) I kinda succeeded, it was frosted ...... until I dropped water on it. What I was left with was lightly sanded acrylic with lots of scratches so I was wondering if anyone could tell me which sandpaper should I use and how should I do it.   Thanks in advance :) -Prickly Potato

Question by The Prickly Potato 4 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


WANTED: Instructable on Acrylic

I've only seen the end result of a project.  My college woodworking teaher had an acrylic cube that had curved holes drilled in it.  I know how it's done but would like to see an instructable on it.  I've searched and searched.  I only found a very broad article on the steps to do this but not detailed enough for me to attempt it. If someone knows how this is done OR has experience with acrylic, please let me know if you write an instructable on this process.  If you have worked with acrylic before but do not know the process, I can explain it. THANKS!

Topic by Squash 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Glueing acrylic to wood?

Evening all, I have recently been contemplating throwing together something of a monitor mount. I am currently contemplating whether it would be possible to finish a wood box by attaching a plasticy black surface(plastic, acrylic or what have you) to it. At this stage I am motivated by wanting a black plastic finish that will go with my monitors while at the same time attaching a vesa mount to wood seems like it would be more sturdy than an entirely acrylic box. So long story short, would a sheet of acrylic glue nicely onto a sheet of wood with some sort of epoxy?

Topic by PetahOsiris 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Chair of recycled acrylic

Chair of recycled acrylic With concern for the environment, having as one of its core values actions aiming at sustainability. It is for this noble motive that some companies in Brazil, arrive annually to collect about 480 tons of plastic waste per year for recycling. The acrylic sheet recycled exhibit properties similar to the original acrylic plates and cost much less. In this project, I show the creation of a chair design with fully functional and above all sustainable.

Topic by Daniel Domingos 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Acrylic Lichtenberg figure? Answered

I have only see a how to do it on wood. So is it possible to create a lichtenberg figure in plastic? Ofc I have done my research on the topic but I'm not sure if a microwave transformer can do the trick. Or if a plain piece of acrylic is conductive enough to let the electron flow through. Thank you for your reply

Question by Shizen 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Acrylic Heating Element - Questions for an electrician and acrylic expert

I'm trying to build a heating element suspended 1" from an aluminum surface, and 2" below what will be a piece of acrylic (hopefully up to 1/2" thick) suspended by aluminum covered 2x4's. I want to have a rheostat (I think that's what they're called) for variable control of the heating element. The width of the element is undetermined, although 1/2" is probably close and this may be of little relevance. The aluminum case itself is 21"x6" and 3" deep So far, I've harvested a coil of Nickel Chromium from a cheap space heater but in trying to create a suspended piece, I've done little but destroy my NiChrom. It was cool, sparks and all, but I'd like to get it right this time. I do not wish to use a torch or heat gun as the pieces are to be wide and the heat must be even over the width to create an aesthetic bend. I will post some photos of the pieces tomorrow. Feel free to throw your hat in on any questions you want to answer. Electric Questions: How much NiChrom. do I need to heat 1/2" acrylic to around 400 degrees (F) for malleabiity? What is the best way to mount or suspend the nichrom.? What is the appropriate method to attach NiChrome to the wiring? (My home made coil using 1/16" copper wiring as a cast was sound in theory, but practice yielded sagging of the strip when active, and eventually sparky explosions at the mounts, after which time this question came to mind.) What kind of Rheostat do I need? What kinds are there? What's the difference? Can I get away with using a 120v/600w Dimmer switch instead (please say 'yes')? Acrylic Questions: What is the ideal heat for bending thicker acrylics? Would a fan below the heating element help disperse the heat evenly over the acrylic, or mess up the dispersion? Can a heating element such as this create sufficient heat to 'weld' 2 pieces together? Is this even possible? Thanks. I'm sure I'll have more questions before you can answer those. Peace - Ian.Wms

Topic by Ian.Wms 11 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


anyway to mold acrylic at home? Answered

From online research i see that you need pressure to keep air bubbles out. it would seem pretty easy to build a pressure vessel and heat it up. i was just looking at the acrylic toilet seats on ebay and some sell for over $200. anyone ever attempted this? anyone know where to get the materials?

Question by dannemillerd 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Printing onto an acrylic tumbler?

My school has a club and we are ordering tumblers (the acrylic ones with acrylic straws and stuff) with custom prints on them. We only need 12, but most places have a minimum of 36 or there prices are just way too high. Is there any way I could print something and then transfer it to the cup? Thanks. Adam

Question by Adambowker98 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


embedding walint slices in acrylic?

I make pine needle baskets and use walnut slices for centers.  I've seen the nut slices embedded in clear acrylic, as well as shells, but haven't figured out how to do this.

Question by osagetree 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


were's the best place to buy acrylic? Answered

Question by Pat the taco 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


how to download a pdf file?

When ever i want to download any project  in pdf file it asks me to login.....after login also i cannot download a pdf file

Question by shriraksha 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


What to do with 50 acrylic rods

I have 49 50 acrylic rods (37/8th inch height, 5/8th inch diameter) and I don't know what to do with them. Any suggestions

Topic by n8man 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


who makes and what is the name of the BLACKEST black acrylic paint??

Question by jane30x 10 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


what blade should be used for cutting taped acrylic sheets with a skill saw? Answered

I would like to know so I can cut some acrylic later it is taped on both sides to prevent splintering of the material.

Question by nerd7473 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Do I/how do I prime old wood before painting on it with acrylics?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can you use your kitchen oven for acryclic painting on glass?

I am painting on glass blocks with acrylic paint and I decided to drill a whole in it and when I did all of the paint washed off.What do you do with glass after it is painted.I have asked this before about putting your glass item in oven.What kind of oven or can I use my kitchen oven?

Question by cctanner3 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can we silkscreen acrylic? Will it last?

The slikscreen will be on the top of the robot, it is just the carapace. When I talk about acrylic I mean like lexan, plexiglass, etc. I just want to silkscreen for esthetic purpose. It will be on a robot that is indoor. No rubbing, no physical contact. Thanks

Question by robomaniac 10 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Acrylic apple m6531 speaker mod???

I inherited a pair of these round acrylic speakers but the jack is a weird quasi-mini thing that is incompatible with all my gear. Can this "mini" jack be replaced by USB?

Topic by senor gatos 12 years ago


Latex paint vs acrylic emulsion ? Answered

This has bugged me for a while. I see reference to Latex pain in the USA - Does anyone know if this is the same as what we Brits call acrylic emulsion paint? The only Latex paint I am aware of in the UK is masonry paint.

Question by rickharris 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Poly, PETG, Acrylic? How to tell?

Hi all! First, this is my first post to the forums. Hi. :) I have a friend with a laser cutter, and he said that he can only cut Acrylic or PETG. No Polly. First, why is that? And second, I already have some plastic, so how can I tell what kind it is? I bought it a long time ago... I'd rather not buy more plastic if I can help it, but I will if necessary. Thanks! ~Mark

Topic by mbaldridge 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


polymer clay and acrylic paint instructable

Recently after looking at a few pages on deviant art i have really gotten interested in polymer clay and acrylic paint, i would like to try and make a few charms based off of items in anime, games and what not but all the tutorials i have read online don't really help me without pictures, and i though that if anyone uses polymer clay and acrylic and is apart of the instructables community would they kindly make an instructable on it. I know an instructable on using polymer clay would be good for the community seeing as how i couldn't find on on here already and i would apreciate it greatly

Topic by craig3 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Is it safe to make a mold for food out of acrylic? Answered

Is it safe to make a mold for food out of acrylic? Will the acrylic leave an after taste? Will the food be safe to eat?

Question by adamgillies 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to bond cross linked acrylic sheets?

I want to join two 1/4" thick acrylic sheets.  All the welding adhesives for acrylic claim to not work for cross linked joins.  Can someone please suggest the proper chemical or any other method to bond the two pieces together. Thanks.

Topic by kabira 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Can I 3D print using acrylic material?

I work in a process equipment industry and I need to manufacture a small equipment in acrylic? The parts of the equipment are intricate and it is nearly impossible to manufacture using conventional manufacturing processes? I would like to know whether I can 3D print the acrylic component? 

Question by shreyansk 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


WILL WHITE ACRYLIC PAINT ON THE WALL GLOW UNDER BLACK LIGHT?

I'm doing a silhouette  wall mural and i want to know if white acrylic paint will glow under a black light?

Question by Terriestephens 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How can I make brass and acrylic bond strongly?

I have a 2-inch diameter, 1/4" thick acrylic wheel with a 1/4" hole in the center. I want to bond a brass axle in the hole. How do I make brass and acrylic bond strongly?

Question by janetvans 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What can I use in place of acrylic for my mock-up/prototypes?

I'm working on a custom-made pencil case and I intend to do the final version with a lasercut acrylic-sheet that's been shaped around a positive wooden shape. I'm still working on the details of how I want to place the cuts and lines, and would love to be able to make some quick prototypes that I can draw on and carve out (maybe something paper-based?), but I'm short on ideas of how to do this and what materials and techniques to use. I've added an image of the positive shape and some sketches (sorry for the crappy quality).The shape can be split in the middle to allow it to be pulled out at the ends after the acrylic sheet has been shaped around it,

Question by Flark 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Where can I find a clear acrylic pipe about one foot in diameter?

I am planning on building a fish tank, so I need a clear pipe about a foot in diameter, between two and four feet long (but it can be cut, of course) I'm in the UK, can anyone give me an idea of where i'd get it?

Topic by chimpanzeeboy 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Hi, I'm new. Any other painters here?

Hi!  My name is Teresa.  This is my first post here.  Anyone else here paint?  I paint in acrylics mostly. 

Topic by tdye84 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Am I able to upload a project in progress, and add new steps over time? Answered

I have a 90% complete foam block model: Should I wait until completion before posting steps? Furthermore, what is the best type of clear, matte/satin, hard setting varnish to use on acrylic paint?

Question by Shadow Of Intent 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Custom Computer Build?

Hello again everone. I am building a custom acrylic computer system and I have everything up and running just fine, all but the sound system. What I did was, I found two different speaker units and removed the speakers and accessories from the cases to make the cp system have just to speaker units installed in it. Ok here I go!. I removed a speaker and two tweeters from one unit and I removed the two speakers and the power amp from the other unit. How do I connect the all three speakers to the power amp and onto the audio card connected to the motherboard on the pc. I took some pictures for you to look at and see what I am up against. Need your help. so I am thanking you in advance for information about this . Eljero.

Question by eljero 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Stanley Kubric, I feel your pain!

I have discovered that it is a major pain dans la derriere to take a decent photograph of an object that is, really, a near-featureless shiny black box. The best I've come up with so far us to stand a candle inside.  My camera is auto focusing, and it keeps locking on to the reflections in the shiny surface - I want to take photos of the object,  not of me or the room around me. Any suggestions?

Topic by Kiteman 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Ideas for an interactive donation box?

p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0.0in; font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman; } div.Section1 { page: Section1; } I need to create a donation box for a non-profit art center where I volunteer. The box needs to be interactive.  That is, inserting a paper bill through an opening in the box, triggers a fun toyetic response, preferably not audible. Maybe something spins, a light flashes, LEDs arranged to spell "Thank you" flash on and off, etc.  The box could have four or five different openings, each with its own interactive feature. I love to get ideas from the Instructables community  as well as input on toys or electronic devices that can be adapted for this.

Question by sandringham 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


What type of rubber will glue to acrylic and not smell bad?

I would like to glue rubber to acrylic (and leather/cloth potentially). Neoprene worked perfectly, but the smell is horrible. Is there another type of rubber that will easily glue to acrylic and not smell? Silicone maybe? Natural rubber? I have read that both of these also potentially smell, but clearly someone has figured out how to use these without the odor. (...and do you happen to know where to find sheets of this material?)

Question by ScottR226 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


DIY (very) big bubble glass (acrylic or epoxy)

I just love these lamps from Axel De Witte: http://alexdewitte.nl/?p=44 Is it in any way possible to create similar very big bubble glass with either acrylic or epoxy or something similar? I have something in mind of a balloon in the shape I want and then spray painting it with epoxy resin or similar many times and then in the end remove the balloon inside.

Topic by hensor 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How can I make my own "acrylic paper"?

Acrylic paper is used to keep acrylic paint wet inside an enclosed box (later use, transportation, etc...). What can I use to make my own because it seems a bit pricey even for a few sheets? Perhaps blending some sort of acrylic paint/emulsion with scraps of paper to make my own sheets of "paper". Although I'm not sure as to the absorption rate and whether it would actually hold any moisture. Any suggestions?

Question by Asura-Valkyrie 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


instructions on how to make a ACRYLIC SPAGHETTI HANGING LAMP thank you jennyb

Question by shadyb 8 years ago  |  last reply 4 months ago


Can IR light from an Infrared LED pass through semi-opaque acrylic?

I'm making a modification of the Table for Electronic Dreams (https://www.instructables.com/id/Table-for-Electronic-Dreams/) and want to expand it with white LED's that turn on and get brighter as an object above it gets closer to the surface of the table (I'll be replacing the LED's in the original instructable with blues).The only (and thus, the cheapest) way I can think of sensing this distance without cutting holes in the upper piece of acrylic is to use an IR transceiver on the circuit board and connect this to the white LED. Would this work? I'll be using .25-inch white acrylic if that makes a difference.Any assistance that you can provide is greatly appreciated.

Question by SJBarag 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Good type/thickness for a clear acrylic sheet which may(will) be taking occasional impact? Answered

I've got a martial arts gym setup in my basement, and we're tight on space. There's a lot of stuff I have hanging on the walls (sword racks, training pads, weaponry, the like) and I'm looking to put up some acrylic sheets or something similar, hinging up at the ceiling, so that that stuff is protected, and more importantly, that if a sparring session gets a little wild, nobody is going to get thrown against a wall of (potentially sharp) gear.  Home Depot sells acrylic sheets, and I'm thinking I can fashion something workable to support them, but they're not super cheap, and I don't particularly want to waste money on something that will break the first time someone bumps into it. Any ideas? I'm not springing for bullet-proof glass- lemme rule that one out. TL;DR: Impact-absorbing clear plastics, sold in ~40"x~20" sheets?

Question by kytsunei 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Can anyone suggest a way to make an array of lenses (say 5mm dia - 100 x 100 pieces) on a flat sheet of acrylic? Answered

I have made a simple version - using an acrylic sheet, heating, then pushing down a perforated metal sheet on top to create the 'bumps' Can anyone think of another way?

Question by sParekh 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


steampunk sealant

Hello, I am steampunking a nerfgun for my nephew and the assumption is that he will play with it. I thought I would use an acrylic clear sealant to protect the paint, but when I sprayed it, the paint krinkled -- once it dried, it became hard again. I have two more components to seal and would like to avoid this. (I sprayed the nerf with flat black Krylon spraypaidn (supposed to bond to plastic) and then dry brushed metallic acrylic paint for effect. One internet person suggested I use mod-lodge -- but the instructions say that after applying it, i should use a clear acrylic topcoat. So my question is--should I be using this extra step--or is there a paintable acrylic sealant i could use? What are best practices used by you folks?

Topic by jim.miller.580 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Best way to glue Acyrlic and Delrin?

I got some semi-transparent acrylic laser cut by ponoko and I want to adhere it to a backing made of Delrin.  Since the acrylic is semi-transparent, I'd like to use a glue which dries clear.  I've scoured the interwebs, but most of the glues I found are non-transparent.  Any ideas? The piece will just hang on a wall - it doesn't need to withstand significant stresses or anything.  Thanks!

Topic by Joe426 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago