Mastering materials 2: Acrylic boogaloo

Mastering materials 2: Acrylic boogaloo

Mastering materials 2: Acrylic boogaloo

In a previous post I discussed how I was finding working with bamboo and some soft woods. One of the issues I found was that natural materials are a little unpredictable, with each blank coaster having a different grain and colour. 

A material this isn't an issue with, however, is Acrylic (or perspex). Acrylic is a very easy material to work with (so far, at least) and one that gives accurate, repeatable results every time. 

It's also the material that allows for the most detail and finest resolution when engraving. From tests I have done so far, I have found that I am able to show that 'designed in' detail that was giving me poor results in bamboo.

It's also a very flexible material too (in terms of designs - I'm not selling bendy coasters)! It's easy to cut, which inspired my newest set and available in a whole range of colours, which opens up all kinds of avenues for future designs. 

This isn't to say one is better than the other - they both have advantages and disadvantages. It's fun to find out what they are and design around them!

So that's Acrylic and bamboo sorted. Only ceramic, glass and leather to figure out now. This could be part of a long series of blogs!