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« on: April 11, 2012 01:03:01 PM »

Hello,

I am so NEW to this! I wanted to know where can I buy acrylic sheets to make earrings with? Also what is the best technique to use, when cutting the different shapes.

Thanks in Advance
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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2012 06:29:51 AM »

You can get clear acrylic sheets at lowes or any other home improvement store.
I suggest using a jewelers saw or scroll saw for cutting, the more teeth on the blade, the more even and clean your cut is going to be. Safety glasses and gloves when doing work with acrylic, it can fracture and break.
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2012 09:58:17 PM »

If you're thinking of the colourful, clean-edged designs that have been popping up everywhere lately you may want to consider paying a visit to Ponoko.com, a laser cutting business specializing in plastics, among other things. Cutting acrylic by hand isn't really a beginner's game and laser cutting has the advantage of not requiring all the sanding and polishing that using a saw will. (If you want a nice finish and smooth edges, anyway) If you do it through a service like Ponoko you also won't need to buy tools.

If you're going to try it by hand I suggest giving spiral blades a try. They leave a wider kerf and a more ragged edge but they have the advatage of not freezing up like a regular blade will. Also, practice.
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2012 03:37:19 AM »

...Or if you prefer low-cost-no-special-tools-needed technique I recommend trying out shrinky dinks. It's a thin plastic sheet you can cut with scissors or x-acto knife and paint it or colour with pencils. It shrinks in home oven to 55% from original size and thickens to 1,5mm. I think you can find shrinkies from almost every hobby store.
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