How much do you know about acrylic plastic? They are types of plastics but which are tougher, clear and transparent. They are used in the making of lighting equipment because the smoke that they emit is not harmful. They have become a perfect substitute to glass due to their many uses and admirable properties. This is also the reason why they are used in the manufacture of medical equipment and a coating to household items. Acrylic sheets are also used in automotive applications and optical appliances. The list of the many uses of acrylic plastics is endless. If you have art that you are not able to flame traditionally, an acrylic sheet is the perfect option.
The other reason that has lent to the popularity of acrylic sheets is that collages, modern mixed media works and paintings are normally raised and flat glass cannot be used to protect them. You need acrylic plastic to do this. However, one thing that you ought to know is that you can only use cement to fuse joints because ordinary glue will not do. If you are on an already overstretched budget, you should use an acrylic sheet to protect your piece of art which will cost you peanuts. Many builders can attest to the fact that acrylic sheets are pocket friendly. They are also readily available since you will get them in your local craft supply store or even in your local hardware. The coming of the internet also made things easier and faster because you can order pre cut acrylic sheet from the comfort of your house.
To get raised clear acrylic sheet on top of the art, you will require a few things which include; acrylic cement, acrylic sheet, razor blade, ruler, sandpaper and marker. From there, you are ready to draw straight lines on your acrylic sheets using the marker. This will give you direction on where the cuts will be. Mark at least five pieces that include, two the width of the art, the top and two rectangles which should measure the same length with your art. Ensure that they are raised high enough so that your art can fit on the underside.
You can then score the inside of the acrylic, flip the acrylic sheet so that you can score on the other side and then bend your sheet back and forth. Sand the edges of the acrylic sheet with sand paper. Holding your acrylic sheet on a table, chose one side and hold it at an angle of 90 degrees. After that you can apply acrylic cement to the joints. Give it 20 minutes to set before repeating the process of cementing the side joints and the remaining 3 sides. Give it 24 hours to dry after which you can place the artwork over.