A silly interview of me in our "Interview Chairs" (good napping chairs) of the princess crown I made - with Alicia Gibb. ** This is also the crown I am wearing in my Meet Me section
How to bend acrylic;
1. Heat an oven (or toaster over, which is what I used) to about 350-375F
2. Put your piece in the oven on a piece of tin foil for about 10-15 minutes (I had .111in extruded acrylic). The 10-15 minutes is also a little generic, it should just be kind of floppy when you take it out. I have a bad habit of forgetting things in the oven, and do this for everything from cookies to acrylic, so having it in longer won't hurt it... But just keep an eye on it. Side note - thicker acrylic will need more time.
3. Take it out and shape it to whatever you want. You have about a minute to shape it. With my princess crown, I grabbed the edges of the tin foil to do the majority of the shaping, and then when it was cooler, but still malleable, I put it on my head, so it would have a nice head shape.
1. Some acrylic bubbles. Not sure why. The acrylic we were using we were pulling out of a scrap acrylic. Typically in the lab we have extruded acrylic, because that is what is safe for our laser cutter, but that obviously doesn't guarantee that all the acrylic is extruded.
2. Running it under cold water makes it cool faster. This seems like kind of a 'duh!' thing, but, incase you were wondering, it works.
3. If you hold objects against the acrylic when it is hot, they will leave an imprint on the acrylic, but if you put it back in the oven to heat it up, the acrylic will go back to its previous shape.