LOOKS LIKE STAINED GLASS!!!!
Stained Plexiglass Kits – Glowforge Cut Medium Clear Acrylic
“Big Cat” Plexiglass Kit
Small 9 inch x 10.5 inch $29.95
Medium 14.3 inch x 15.4 inch $59.95
Ships within 24 to 48 hours.
“Skull” Plexiglass Kit $34.95
WATCH GLOWFORGE CUTTING Small Snow Leopard Pattern
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#GlowForge cutting of clear #PlexiGlass (with protective film still on acrylic) for #SnowLeopard #StainedGlass like #Art. Will see if I gave enough space between the pieces for #CopperFoiling and #Soldering and if the shapes cut are propper for all of the above. Design elements for Plexiglass to be foiled and soldered are fairly similar to stained glass, but can be fudged a lot more. With stained glass, lines can't be too curved, or pointed, or etc, due to how glass is cut; while that isn't an issue in the any fashion for GlowForge designing, the need to keep shapes more along stained glass designing rules, is due to foiling it. If too small, or too curved, the foil will not be able to cleanly make the turns. All in all, GlowForge #PlexiglassArt is pretty cool. If the negative space GlowForge cut section of the kitty remained intact after removal of the film, I'll likely turn that into a second artwork of the Snow Leopard. #FunStuff #AriStoneArt #GlowForge #MadeOnAGlowforge #glowforgeartist #lasercutting #newart #acrylicArt
I Will Post a YouTube Video of the Basic Assembly Process Soon.
Snow Leopard Plexiglass – How to Assemble
Working with acrylic instead of stained glass is a snap! Pieces Assemble the same way as stained glass, without the hassle of cutting and grinding glass.
Below is a list of items I use and a link to Amazon for ease of seeing what the items look like. I buy what I can locally to support my local community and retailers and encourage this where possible. Some items may even cost less at your local retailor, such as copper foil, flux, and solder.
*Note* Do NOT use rubbing alcohol on acrylic plexiglass to clean it, it will cause it to crack. Research a cleaning item before you use it on your acrylic. I am still researching about acrylic cleaning methods and products, and will post info updates here when I find the best methods and/or products. For now stick with finger peeling off the adhesive to ensure the quality of your acrylic plexiglass. Others have recommended Novus 1 to clean acrylic. It also has a dust repelling feature which sounds nice. I don’t recommend using Novus 1 prior to painting. I will be running tests on sample acrylic pieces and will post the results here, as I just received my bottle of it.
Remove Acrylic Adhesive and Place pieces on Pattern sheet, Use Artist Tape to hold pieces in place (tape will be removed after you solder joints together). If you use an alternate tape, make sure it removes cleanly from acrylic and holds together when in small pieces.
Copper Foil: I recommend using the narrowest size 3/16 inch Copper Foil for the small Snow Leopard size as wider copper foil will cover up too much of the smaller cut pieces such as at the eyes. You may option to use wider copper foil for the medium or large GlowForge cut Snow Leopard size.
Once all of your acrylic plexiglass pieces are taped together
Soldering Iron and Stand: You will definitely need a soldering Iron stand with the little sponge. The iron gets very hot and you need a place to set it when not in use. Wet the sponge with water. Its ok if there is a little extra water with the sponge area. It important to ensure you use an iron that gets hot enough. I bought an iron that wasn’t 100 watts and it ran too cool. It was very frustrating trying to melt the solder with that iron (I threw it away) as it would take 1 minute or longer to get a tiny piece melted off the solder spool instead of 1 to 3 seconds. So be sure to buy an iron that gets hot enough.
Sal Ammoniac block: for tinning the soldering iron. This helps to clean the iron tip and keeps it running hot. This also helps the solder work better with the iron. The Sal Ammoniac block will smoke quite a bit when the very hot iron is put on it. Make sure you are in a well ventilated area and not near your smoke alarm detector. I work in my garage art studio and it can fill up the garage with a bit of smoke.
Flux and Brush: Once you have all your pieces foiled and taped into position use the Brush to brush flux onto Copper Foil areas you are about to place solder on. Solder will not stick to the copper foil without it.
Solder: I used Studio Pro 63/37 Solder (675B) on the small Snow Leopard version seen above. With acrylic plexiglass pieces taped together, use your iron to heat and dollop on just enough solder to hold together all the pieces at non-taped spots. Remove the tape as you go along. Usually after you solder together the joint.
Remove all remaining artist tape pieces. Flux liberally all the areas you will now finish filling in with solder. Pull up YouTube videos on soldering stained glass if you are unfamiliar with the process.
Once you have completely soldered the piece together (front and back), you may option to add and solder on rings for hanging or leave it clean and design a unique frame later for your artwork. Next is . . . cleanup time!
Invisible Glass: After everything is completely soldered together, its time to clean off all the flux. I have safely used Invisible Glass a white foam type glass cleaner.
Optional Book: Stained Glass Painting: Create the Look of Stained Glass the Easy Way by Julie Lafaille – This is the book I used to learn about Pebeo Vitrail paints and texturing to create stained glass effects. It’s well written with a lot of easy to see, follow, and understand pictures.
Gloss Gel: Create textured Stained Glass Effects. I used Master’s Touch Gloss Gel. I’ve not used the below Liquitex version but this is likely a similar product to what I used.
Pebeo Vitrail Paints: These are some of the best stained glass looking paints on the market. These will most likely have to be purchased on Amazon. They are also offered in larger sizes and as individual colors. Make sure you purchase the ‘vitrail’ series.