Anatomical Heart Vase

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You will need:
-1/8" Acrylic
-1/4" Acrylic
-Glue
-Silicone
-Acrylic Paint

Step 1: Laser Cut

We used a Full Spectrum Laser Hobby Laser

Laser cut the 3 different shapes you'll need.
Included are the files "Vase Walls" Which include the engraved raster and the two clear cutouts for the inner walls.
The "Vase Spacers" are 4 spacers that will give the vase it's depth.

The "Vase Walls" file has a yellow bounding box to ensure that the raster and vector shapes remain aligned. Do not mark the yellow line. Engrave the black lines, and cut along the red lines.
Cut the "Acrylic Spacer" file 1 time (4 pieces) for 1/4" acrylic, or 2 times (8 pieces) for 1/8 acrylic.

Step 2: Paint

Take the "Acrylic Heart" and add paint to the engraved side of the piece. This does not need to be neat. When the entire heart is filled, use a dry napkin to wipe off the excess paint. The color should come off of the bare acrylic but cling to the engraved sections. If it does not come off completely, a glass cleaner like Windex should be able to remove any extra paint.

Step 3: Glue

Add glue to the engraved side of the "Acrylic Heart". Use glue on the colored sections to prevent the glue from being visible. Align the clear "Acrylic Wall" to the heart.
This acrylic will be the inside of the vase providing a barrier from the paint.

Next, stack the "Acrylic Spacer" pieces and secure with glue. Glue the stack to the "Acrylic Wall".
Add the second wall to the opposite side of the spacers to seal the vase.

Step 4: Seal and Display

Use silicone to seal the edges from water leaks. This is not necessary if you don't plan on using real flowers.

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farraha

2 years ago

Your Heart Vase are Amazing! Keep it up.

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Raitis

2 years ago

This is great! May I ask what kind of glue did you use?

I have tried acetone and it fuses the acrylic but also makes it develop those tiny cracks all around. Superglue gives really similar results too. Or maybe I'm doing something wrong.

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FSLASERRaitis

Reply 2 years ago

Hello Raitis, We used Super Glue in this version, but if you're worried about the cracking, you can get acrylic cement specifically made for the job that is fantastic for edge welding.

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ironsmiterRaitis

Reply 2 years ago

Tensol 12 or weldon 40.

super glue works well, but almost always leaves an UGLY weld.

make sure your joining surfaces a clean clean clean.

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Raitisironsmiter

Reply 2 years ago

Thank you will have to see if any of those are available locally!

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genayers

2 years ago

that looks awesome

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sabu.dawdy

2 years ago

this is super amazing

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mchau2

2 years ago

looks super cool!!

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watchmeflyy

2 years ago

That's a clever technique of putting paint on the engraved sections. Thanks for sharing!