Creating Double Sided Picture Frames


Category: picture framing
 

In recent years the popularity of frames that sandwich work between two panels of glass so you can see both the front and the back of the work has risen. This is a great way of showing double-sided work, but be sure to use acrylic to prevent damage to your artwork .  Your artwork should never be in direct contact with glass as condensation can build up between its layers causing your artwork to fuse and bond permanently with the glass – eventually destroying the work.   With the ready availability of acrylic sheets with a cut to size service, creating established photo and picture frame sizes as well as bespoke frame sizes has never been easier for small businesses, start ups and do-it-yourself picture framers.

Using acrylic for picture framing offers other benefits too, the biggest of which come from the famed strength and durability of acrylic sheets.  10 x stronger than glass yet half its weight, acrylic makes a lighter, stronger and safer option than glass.

Atleast a 10mm thick clear acrylic is a good choice to create this type of frame if you’d like to stand alone.

double sided acrylic frame

double sided frame made from 10mm thick acrylic

Choose acrylic sizes to either match your artwork if you want your piece to finish flush to the edge or choose a bigger size if you want a clear border around your piece. For help choosing pieces check out The Plastic People where you can enter sizes and see prices straight away.  Contact their friendly team for help with any framing requirements.

Learn more about using acrylic for picture framing here.

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Make Your Own Mirror Wardrobes and Dressing Table


Category: Mirrors, Recycle
 

If you like mirrored wardrobes but not their often hefty price tag, consider making your own – perhaps you’ll be inspired by this makeover by a customer of cut to size acrylic mirror retailer, The Plastic People.

Existing wardrobe doors have been transformed by gluing acrylic mirror on in a uniform pattern. Working with acrylic mirror can be safer than glass mirror as it is much lighter than glass making it easier to handle yourself. It is also much stronger than glass mirror and very unlikely to break – if it did, it wouldn’t shatter into many small pieces like glass mirror.

Here’s what you’ll need 

  • Your wardrobe
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Acrylic Mirror – cut to your sizes
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Acrylic mirror adhesive

Instructions:

  1. Measure out the areas of your wardrobe that you’d like to cover – length and width.
  2. Order acrylic mirror cut to the sizes of the space you want to cover. Use an online service for this – acrylic mirror can be safely delivered to you saving you time and hassle of shopping and transporting it yourself.  The Plastic People have a cut to size calculator where you can see the cost quickly as well as order should you wish to.
  3. Apply acrylic mirror adhesive to the back of the mirror pieces and press them firmly onto your wardrobe
  4. Repeat until your wardrobe is covered.
  5. Clean your new mirrored furniture pieces with soapy warm water to remove any excess mirror adhesive.

Your very own mirrored wardrobe!

You can also cover drawers and dressing tables in the same way to match in with your new mirrored wardrobe – check out these examples below. The simplest of all is covering your furniture top with mirror: just measure the length and width of your furniture top. Once you have that, order your cut to size acrylic mirror at these sizes.  Top tip from The Plastic People is to have the corners of your cut to size acrylic mirror rounded to ensure no sharp edges.

 

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How To Cut Perspex


Category: Recycle, Working with acrylic
 

If you are contemplating how to cut plastic or cutting perspex at home, read our helpful guide before you start.

Cutting Perspex or Acrylic  can be done at home using saws which you might usually use on wood.   Before you begin to cut, we advise you to leave on the film which covers and protects your acrylic/perspex until you have completely finished cutting.  And, remember – gloves and safety glasses too for this job:)

Begin by clamping your acrylic sheet to your work surface so it does not flex or move.  Use a length of 1 – 3 wood to distribute the clamping pressure and act as a guide for your saw.   A sharp blade and a smooth feed is the way to go. Don’t force your cutting – you’re likely to generate heat which will melt the acrylic.

DIY – sharp blade, smooth feed

If you are cutting sheets thinner than 6mm simply choose  a very sharp scoring tool, clamps, a table with a straight edge and a metal rule.  Clamp your acrylic sheet so it does not flex or move.  More than one scoring pass is the way to go with this method.  Start by scoring around 1/8th of the way through your acrylic sheet.  Keep going in both directions and ideally also score from both sides of the acrylic sheet as this will make the eventual snap easier and the break cleaner.

When you’re satisfied with the scoring, make sure your acrylic sheet is clamped very firmly with the edge of the table directly beneath the score.  Press downwards on the piece that’s beyond the edge of the table until your acrylic sheet snaps.

If you are cutting acrylic sheets which are thicker than 6mm, choose your saw depending on whether you are cutting curvy or straight lines.

If you are cutting curvy lines a jigsaw with metal cutting blades of reduced depth and sharp teeth can be used – use the finest blade you can.  If you choose to use a jigsaw try experimenting with settings and your speed first of all on a few test pieces of acrylic to gauge the results you get.  The speed of cutting is one to trial as is the pressure you apply – cutting too slowly can melt acrylic and applying too much pressure can chip its edges.  You can use a lubricating oil to help prevent friction from building to a point  where the acrylic begins to melt.  Have someone apply it to the saw blade as you’re making the cut.  Take care to avoid flammable lubricants or aerosols as these are a fire hazard.

If you are cutting curved edges or unusual shapes a band saw can also be used. The teeth per inch on your blade should decrease as the thickness of your acrylic sheet increases. On thick acrylic sheets thicker of 12mm or more use blades with very few teeth per inch.

If you’re cutting straight lines you can use a table or circular saw with a blade with fine closely spaced teeth and a 0 degrees rake angle.  This will suffice for rough cutting.  It is difficult to get a good finish using a hand saw.  If you need a very clean edge, try making  5-10 light passes with a scraper followed by some light sanding.  For a smoother finish use dedicated acrylic cutting blades for jigsaws and circular saws.  These blades will produce better results.

Even easier – buy it ready cut to your sizes

If you want acrylic or perspex cut to a certain size without the time and bother of cutting it yourself, you can buy Perspex cut to size online and have it delivered to your home or business.  The friendly team at The Plastic People will be happy to do this for you or use their cut to size tool to order the sizes you need and they will post out the acrylic you want to you.

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DIY Kitchen Splashbacks


Category: Home Improvements, Splashbacks
 

Update your kitchen easily with an acrylic splashback

The kitchen is ranked as the most popular room in the house. For many it’s the hot-spot for most of the action – and the mess.  Furthermore, one of the most expensive rooms to change. If you are looking to make a practical change to refresh your kitchen consider a new or replacement kitchen splashback.  You can easily inject some colour or texture into your kitchen yourself to update it fairly quickly and inexpensively.  If you want a custom design with quality materials without the high price tag, check out acrylic kitchen splashbacks from plastic experts, The Plastic People which can be quickly and easily fixed into place with basic DIY skills.

acrylic splashbacks are easier, quicker and cheaper to install than tiled splashbacks

Here’s 4 good reasons why acrylic kitchen splashbacks make a better choice than tiles:

Acrylic kitchen splashbacks are cut from one acrylic sheet and therefore are seamless — you won’t need to worry about grouting and maintaining grout

Acrylic kitchen splashbacks  come ready shaped / sized  to fit your entire wall area— and they simply glue or screw to your wall

Acrylic kitchen splashbacks are very lightweight yet extremely strong— lifting and fitting them yourself is very easy. If dropped accidentally, they are unlikely to break.

Acrylic kitchen splashbacks are quick to fit – around 4 times faster than glass or tiles

If you’re looking for ideas or inspiration, follow this link to see DIY acrylic kitchen splashback projects completed in customers homes.  More information about measuring up for and installing kitchen splashbacks  can be found at The Plastic People.

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Top 10 Things To Know About Acrylic Secondary Glazing


Category: Glazing, Home Improvements
 

At The Plastic People we know how much more comfortable  secondary glazing with acrylic can make your home by eliminating drafts, reducing the outside noise (up to 90% at some frequencies) and eliminating the hot or cold spots.

fitting acrylic secondary glazing

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. An acrylic window pane will typically be cheaper in comparison to the same size glass counterpart.
  2. Acrylic panes can do the same job as glass but at a thinner gauge
  3.  Acrylic is lighter and easier to deliver to your home. Meaning you can simply order acrylic online and have it safely delivered.  It won’t break or shatter like glass.
  4. You can install acrylic windows easily yourself because they are so light and safe to handle – saving on installation costs.  Read more about that here. Glass installation is time consuming and because it is heavier in weight needs extra and careful handling.
  5. Acrylic  is 3 to 8 times more thermally insulating than regular glass windows.  Meaning, your room will stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer
  6. Acrylic can filter out 99.1% of Ultra Violet rays when passing through the acrylic sheet. At the same time acrylic still allows 92 percent of light through.  In comparison, glass surfaces reflect light more readily which can create unwanted glare or reflections.
  7. Acrylic panes will also help with sound control.  Testing has shown that adding acrylic window panes are especially effective n 1000 Hz range which are the lower frequencies associated with vehicles driving by.  The STC rating improves from 18 to 28 when an acrylic sheet is added to a single window. The decibel reduction is around 19.2, that is an effective reduction of over 70%!
  8. Acrylic windows can be ordered easily.  You will need to measure up the window panes that you want to secondary glaze. Read more about how to do this.
  9. You can buy acrylic window panes online by entering the sizes you need.  If you’d like to see our acrylic window panes you can see them here.  We send out acrylic window panes cut to the size and include  2 magnetic fixing strips; one to stick to your existing frame and the other to your new acrylic window pane so they can ‘fix’ together
  10. Acrylic window panes fitted like this can be removed easily as and when you like.

For more details about acrylic secondary glazing visit The Plastic People or email their friendly team.

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