Have you got tired trying to mould an acrylic sheet at home as per you need? There is nothing to be worried about, the Plastic People, acrylic sheet supplier, provide some nice and easy ways to mould a sheet at home without a fear of getting it cracked, split or destroyed.
Here are the steps:
What you’ll need for the task:
- An acrylic sheet
- Your intended mould
- A plastic cutting knife
- A black felt tip pen
- Some strong scissors
- A pair of cold-weather gloves
- An oven
- Step 1: Obtain the exact measurements of the inside of the oven — both the length and width. The size of the oven will limit the size of the acrylic sheet that you can use.
- Step 2: Place your acrylic sheet over your intended mould and measure the size so that the sheet is just large enough for the form.
- Step 3: Cut the acrylic sheet down to the size identified in step 2 using a plastic cutting knife.
- Step 4: Once the acrylic sheet has been cut down to its general overall size, use a black felt tip pen to clearly mark out the shape of your intended mould. Ensure all interior cutouts and corners are included here.
- Step 5: Pop the acrylic sheet onto a cookie sheet and place it into the oven with the temperature at 250°F.
- Step 6: After 10 minutes, remove the acrylic sheet from the oven — wear your cold weather gloves when handling the sheet from this point onwards as the item will be very hot.
- Step 7: Use a pair of strong scissors in order to cut out any curves, corners and cut-outs from your intended mould — you should have close to two minutes before the sheet cools and hardens, making cutting the material incredibly difficult. Don’t panic if this happens, as you will simply need to place the sheet back into the oven to warm it up again.
- Step 8: Once all parts have been cut out from the acrylic sheet, place the cut-to-form sheet back into the over and raise the temperature to 275°F. Make sure not to raise the temperature above this point, as doing so could cause the acrylic sheet to melt, begin to bubble or stick to the cookie sheet.
- Step 9: After no more than five minutes, take the acrylic sheet out of the oven and instantly press it onto or into your intended mould. Be sure to use your fingers in order to firmly press any corners, folds and bends, and hold the entire mould in place until the material begins to harden.
- Step 10: Pop the newly covered mould into cold water, so that it can cool and be set.
Take note that the process detailed above refers to an acrylic sheet that is around 1/4-inches thick.