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?

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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,

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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. 

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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.

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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?

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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!

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Painting basketball shoes

I want to pep up these shoes. So my idea was to paint them, so can anyone tell me how to paint it, what paint to use and suggest colors and designs. And will the paint stay after rough use (playing basketball) and wash? Any way to make it permanent? Thx in advance.

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Tattoo yourself with a pin and pigmented acrylic ink? Answered

I am wondering if you can tattoo yourself with a sterilized sewing pin and pigmented acrylic dip pen ink. Is the ink ok for tattoos? How for does the needle need to go?

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How to remove scratches from acrylic gems?

Hi there. I bought some acrylic aquarium gems that are multicolored and translucent. These gems have some scratches and blemishes on them that aren't an issue at a distance, but I'm planning on making some jewelry with them, and when examined I want them to be clear and pristine as possible. Do you have any ideas on how I can achieve this without damaging the gems? Thanks in advance!

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Make a clear cylinder?

I'm wanting to bend a piece of acrylic into a thin but long cylinder. Can anyone give me any tips on how to do this? Thanks :-)

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whats the best way to paint over paper mache?

Finishing off a balloon, newspaper, and plaster pinata. there's no way I can get the frilly paper in time, but I have a decent amount of acrylic paints and other art supplies. what method would make my monster the greenest of them all?

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I patented a New LED great for home projects and display cases

I have spent three years doing this but here it is. This is a new LED and I actually patented it. Its a screw in unit that has a chip mounted directly onto a solid brass core that takes heat away far better than any circuit board. In addition it screws into any m10x1.5 hole, if you use a flat plate on the front a small insulator and a heatsink or metal on the back with the M10 thread all you need do is make an electrical connection to the plates and you can screw any colour you want into the heatsink. It comes in every wavelength from 380 (uv right up to IR at 1040nm) Ill be adding pics shortly of acrylic displays the 180 degree one is absolutely perfect for these i use frost spray on edges i want to illuminate and leave clear other bits the effect is amazing even masking a flat acrylic and putting two tone pictures using the spray is awsome. iv also designed an off the shelf PCB up to 60watts it drives any series parallel circuit, all you do is program it with the wattage of the whole array. If you program say 15watts in an array with several LED's it powers the array with the exact forward voltage required and alters realtime so the light output is near constant. Also have a patent pending on this as well. I have lots of time and plenty of these available if anyone is interested I am now running a small business based around it and have done some really nice hand crafted kit. More pics to follow all questions welcome Thanks all

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What's the best method of creating a transparent, protective coating for custom aluminum coasters?

I have 4x4 inch metal coasters (for placing drinks on) which are made of aluminum and I don't want them to get scratched.  What's the best type of protective coating I can place on top of the metal to prevent scratching?  The coating would preferably be less than 2mm thick, be smooth, and dry very hard.

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How to bring more light into the hallway by cutting panels into interior doors and installing frosted acrylic panels? Answered

Three hallway doors with large amount of outside light coming in. I want to bring that light into the hallways by installing frosted acrylic or pelixiglass panels in the doors. Rather than buy pre-made doors, I want to use the existing doors, save money and save landfills.

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Can I use regular acrylic paint for linocut (instead of special lino paint/ink)? Answered

I'm working on a linocut project right now, and am having trouble finding (coloured) linocut paint/ink. I can' really order it online either, because I'm just about to move. So would using regular acrylic paint alter (worsen) the result in any way?

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can somebody make an instructable for diecast cars acrylic case? Answered

I have a growing collection of hotwheels, tomy and matchbox cars mostly 1:64 scale. i need an idea on making a clear display case for my cars, in its blister pack and loose (opened packs). something i can hang or put on a table (car can be viewed on both sides). that would be two instructables (i'm demanding).. lol. please help. thanks in advance.

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Clean pen nibs in nail polish remover? Answered

Is it possible to clean dip pen nibs (speedball) in nail polish remover? Gratias, josh1324 PS. ink is pigmented acrylic

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How do I protect the rhinestone gems that I've put on my mobile phone case?

I've decorated my mobile phone's case by gluing on it some false rhinestone gems (made of acrylics). I would like to put a protective film on them so that the rhinestones stay in place and do not fall off so quickly. See my decorated mobile phone case at the link! http://pupe.ameba.jp/item/34hSx34lh_4Q/cbf5FCEp97nM/!

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I used acrylic paint on a drinking glass. How do I seal it to ensure the paint won't come off when I wash it?

I've read that baking sometimes does it, but I don't want to ruin it. I would also appreciate not poisoning the person I'm giving it to..

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Where can I purchase 20-30 pieces plexi/acrylic glass for 12x18"design, for faux stained glass painting project?

20-30 students in class will be making faux stained glass Easter/cross design, 12x18" approximate size. Where could we purchase pieces of plexi/acrylic glass to accomodate their design?

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What am I doing wrong?

So, I've been wanting to make bottle cap pendants for awhile now, but every time I go to paint the bottle caps using my acrylic paint, it dries all sticky. How do I prevent the paint from peeling or coming off if it gets wet or something? I have some acrylic sealer, but I don't like the sticky texture. Will the sealer make it not sticky?

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Thickening enamel paint. Answered

I am looking for a way to thicken enamel paint to a buttery consistency similar to the acrylic paint you get in a tube. I worked out a decorative effect years ago which uses acrylics and is good for painting tins, but was never hard enough to last well. The only thing I could think of was ground glass, but I'm not sure if you can buy this as a hobbyist, as it used to be used as a poison. (If you're curious, the way I used to do it was to lay down a layer of acrylic in one colour, pick up the surface with a brush to make it stand out, wait for it to dry, then put a contrasting colour over it, and when it is dry sand it with wet sand paper until the colours from below stand out. It makes a marbled ripply effect which looks pretty e.g. in purple and orange).

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Can you paint pressboard file folders?

I am wanting to paint some file folders to match an office decor. Can they be painted with acrylic paint?

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any idea's on magnetic generators that would generate 34.5 watts output (3.5 volts, 7 amps) need to cut power costs.

Aluminum Base 1” long x ½” Diameter Oil Impregnated Brass Sleeve Bearing 4” long x ½” Diameter Brass Shaft 1 ¾” long x 2” Diameter Brass Rotor 0.10” thick Mica Insulation 0.005” thick Mylar Insulation 0.04” thick Copper Coated Steel Wire (228 U-shaped pieces) .032” thick Copper Coated Steel Wire (12 coils of 11 turns) 0.014” thick Insulated Copper Wire 12 Permanent Magnets ¾” long, 5/8” wide, 3/8” thick o Fe, Isotropic permanent magnet material cooled in a magnetic field, Cast 9100 TS. 450 Brin, 2.2 Peak energy product. ** **magnet specifications: Alnico 4, M-60; 12 AL, 28 Ni, 5 Co, bal Crimped Cooper clips 0.30 thick Copper Tube 2” long x 2 ½” diameters. Acrylic Ring-Dimensions 3 ¾” O.D., 2 ¼” I.D., 3/8” 0.002” thick Plastic Insulation Paper Acrylic holding shapes Acrylic dome Liquid Acrylic                                                 rough parts list Parts List (there is a list of parts suppliers in the next section):

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Idea for a new prop red dot sight...

   I really liked the red dot sight from CoD MW and MW2, so I thought that it may be possible to make one in real life.    If you got some thin acrylic, only ~4mm thick (the clear colourless plastic kind) and a small laser pen inside the gun, you could have the laser shine up to a small point upon the acrylic. Or, you could adapt on this and have a very small laser unit on the base of the RDS (where it would clip onto the rails) hidden of course,and have it shine on to the acrylic.    The one thing that I hate about the RDS is that you only have one bearing point. I don't see how it would aid you in any way, because one dot isn't enough to aim with. You would have to line it up with some other sight. Something which could work is an ACOG (advanced combat optical gunsight) where on each of the lenses is a bearing point which you could line up.

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Current Artwork

I am doing this for a friend's wedding. The medium is acrylic paints. The photo is fuzzy and doesn't do it justice. You can't see the skin tone changes and highlights, :( This is my first time painting something like this, it's all mainly guess work (The hair, the skin, etc.) Work in progress. What are you working on?

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Plexiglass Book: Advice Strongly Encouraged

Hey y'all! Firstly, thank you for being a part of the Q & A community. You rule. Secondly, I'm trying to make a book form out of plexiglass. This won't be a functioning book; it will just resemble an open book. For the spine, I'm using steel. For the body, I'd like it to be a frosted acrylic (I checked in with TAP and they have a .75" that should do). However, the acrylic is pricey at that thickness so I'd like to get as much advice as possible so as not to mess the whole thing up. Here's my question: 1) How do I shape / sculpt the acrylic so that it has that nice bookish bell curve? Like so: http://www.lesscakemorefrosting.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/OpenBook800.jpg Suggestions I've received: -3D printing (I hear there is one at noise bridge but am not certain it's big enough / available for a non-noisebridger to wander in and use) -Milling (never tried milling before but how hard could it be?) -Sanding (sounds messy. And scuffy. Maybe hard to control smoothness accurately) This will be the exterior for an interactive artist's book I'm building. If you're interested in seeing it when it's done, you can add me on twatter! By the way, if anyone has any experience with coding for the Kinect and wants to nerd out sometime, I'm down.

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recommendations

I'm trying to find best way add labels under buttons for my DIY electronics project. I've been filling laser etched letters with acrylic pain, but it's huge pain in the arse.  So I'm thinking of using vinyl letters instead. Has anyone used any services that can do small custom letter on the cheap?  Any recommendations?

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What is a safe finish/sealer to use to make a set of decoupaged baby blocks drool-proof? Answered

I have decided to make a set of wooden blocks for my son.  I'm using Mod-Podge to decoupage pictures and designs, along with acrylic paint on the blocks. I know that Mod-Podge is water soluble, so it could make for a pretty gummy block after a 6 month old attacks it.  I'll need to make it water proof somehow.  On reading a particular Instructable on these blocks, the author said to use a non-toxic acrylic sealer.  I could not find such a sealer (or none stated "non-toxic") at the craft-store.  What is a safe brand or alternative to use?  OR. . . Mod-Podge aside,  what kind of method would YOU use to make these said set of baby-safe blocks? I thank you, kindly!

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How can I colour White Gloss paint?

I am about to start painting tyres for a school gardening project! I've researched Diy sites that tell me it's best to use Gloss paint as it lasts for two year before needing repainting. The problem I have is I have lots of white paint donated from parents but I don't what just white. I've been to a DIY store and they have informed me that Dulux now add acrylic to their gloss paint to colour it? Has anyone tried to colour Gloss paint themselves and what sort of acrylic paint did you use? Obviously I am trying to keep costs down as we have 56 small tyres to paint. Please if anyone has any experience in doing this please contact me or have other methods. I've considered Food colour? Thank you

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Can I use liquid silicone to secure solar cells to a sheet of plexiglass?

Ok so i have the bright idea of sandwiching my solar cells in between 2 sheets of some sort of acrylic material, coating everything with silicone to secure and seal it. anyone have any experience with this? will the silicone block any light? i'm also welcome to ANY and all suggestions regarding DIY solar power!!!!! 

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How do I paint something but still keep it transparent? Answered

I've got one of those clear plastic balls used for making Christmas ornaments. I need to make it pink but it still needs to be see-through, like a bubble. Is there a certain sort of paint I should use or is their just a trick with regular ole acrylic paint that'll do the trick?

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Small Mural

I has been 15 or so years since I attempted any serious wall art. Here is a mural I am still working on. I hope to add more pics to share the evolution of a single wall.  Next layer is the structure of the arches as I attempt to create aged and distressed stone archways wall. Thanks for checking it out!  Open to constructive criticism.  I couldn't get the order of progress when I uploaded. 

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What materials do you use for batik?

We are about to attempt to do batik painting at school and your example looks like the most simple one I have come across so far for primary school to do. I have a few questions to ask about this what sort of wax do you use? and what sort of paints do do use are they acrylic or fabric paints? I would really appreciate any answers Thank you Anna

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Advice needed! how transfer designs to fibreglass sculpture

Hi I have a design submission to decorate/paint a 3 foot high fibreglass Rabbit! I want to create a pattern similiar to a wallpaper flock pattern but I don't really want  to do it all by hand. I thought I could design my pattern and create a decal, transfer, (acrylic image transfer is something I am hearing and reading about) and apply it to the rabbit. Any tips or suggestions would be great. P

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can i use picture varnish for sealing a printed picture?

Im kinda new to using mod podge dimesion magic, so the first time i used it, it made the picture i printed bleed. I really want to make this anniversary gift perfect but i just dont know if it'll work. The store here doesnt have any acrylic spray so they told me that it was the same with picture varnish or fixative, since they handed me the picture varnish first, it's what i bought, please help >.<

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Slowest set epoxy? need too much time to apply it.

Hi, I need to glue an acrylic sheet over a wood maze, which size is around 12x24", so there would be a lot of line to apply the epoxy over it, I think it would take me around 15 minutes of even less I am fast and prepared for it, so I was thinking in using a slow set epoxy. Please any info or advice, how slow can a epoxy be? I would be glad with a 45 minute epoxy, but will it really dry until passed that time? thanks.

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