3 Reasons Why You’ll Love Laser Cut Bamboo Veneer

New Material In USA Catalog: Premium Veneer Bamboo MDF

Premium Veneer Bamboo MDF Laser Cut Trivet

Unless you’re a giant panda, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about bamboo. But as a maker, bamboo should be a top choice.

It’s a versatile material for designing laser cut jewelry, tableware, electronics enclosures, conference badges, signage, book covers and point of sale displays. And with the high-grade appearance of our new bamboo veneer sheets, you can create a luxe line of wares worthy of celebrity buzz.

Three Reasons To Love Premium Veneer Bamboo MDF

If you haven’t laser cut bamboo veneer, you’re in for a treat. Here’s why you’ll love it.

Premium Veneer Bamboo MDF Laser Cut Plant Trivet

 

  1. In the USA catalog, most woods for laser cutting are unfinished. While this raw wood is beautiful, there are subtle differences and imperfections due to the natural features of wood. With premium veneer bamboo MDF, the sheet is has a MDF core with real bamboo wood laminate on each side, which is then sanded smooth and clear coated for a striking, and consistent, finish.
  2. Premium veneer bamboo MDF offers a more consistent thickness and hardness, and it is less likely to be warped than other plywood bamboo. Since lasers focus light to cut, variations in the surface can amplify warping effects and impact the sharpness of the cut. By using this kind of bamboo veneer, you get more consistent laser cut results, which is important if you are selling the items you make and need no variance between pieces.
  1. This premium veneer bamboo MDF is 3.5mm thick, so it has more significant weight than the traditional 2.7mm bamboo. Plus it’s more cost effective than the 6.7mm three-ply bamboo while still having a substantial feel.

How Makers Are Using Bamboo

Need some inspiration on what you can laser cut with premium veneer bamboo MDF? Check out how these makers have used bamboo and then develop your own designs with this new material.

Incorporate modern geometric patterns into laser cut jewelry like Etsy seller LHDUCK.Laser Cut Bamboo Geometric Earrings From LHDUCK

Create a keepsake save-the-date wedding card like Etsy seller TheCraftySmiths.

Design a fun broach using woodland creatures like Etsy seller UponATree.

Laser Cut Bamboo Fox Broach From UponATree

Now Available: Premium Veneer Bamboo MDF

Premium Veneered MDF has a high-grade appearance and is consistent in thickness. It laser cuts with a dark edge, and engraving does not go through to the MDF.

Premium Veneer Bamboo MDF Sheet

Learn more about Premium Veneer Bamboo MDF and get a Sample.

Maker Tip: With the extra lacquer on the finish of this material, area engraving alone can be quite light. For best results, use line or combined engraving (as shown in the sample above).

What Will You Laser Cut With Premium Veneer Bamboo MDF?

Bamboo’s prominent grain and warm hues make it stand out from a myriad of other plywoods and timber laminates. And with the consistency this premium veneer MDF offers, your designs will have a gorgeous, professional finish.

Premium Veneer Bamboo MDF Laser Cut Leaves

Are you ready to make with the new material? We’d love to hear your project ideas. Tell us all about them by leaving a comment below!

 

6 Tinted Acrylic Jewelry Ideas For Spring

New Materials In USA Catalog: Green Tinted & Yellow Tinted Acrylics

Laser Cut Green And Yellow Tinted Acrylic Leaves

Acrylics are a classic material for laser cutting because they cut well and consistently. They deal well with the heat of the laser and engrave to a nice frosty finish.

While classics like black and white acrylics never go out of style, sometimes you want something different. A bit unusual. Fresh. Like spring.

Comedian Robin Williams said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” So whether your party is casual or classy, freshen up your look with these six must-have jewelry trends in our two newest materials: Green Tinted & Yellow Tinted Acrylics.

Don’t wait until spring has sprung. Get inspired and start planning your next laser cutting projects with these design ideas:

Green Tinted Acrylic On Etsy

How are Etsy sellers using green tinted acrylic in their shops? Check out this laser cut flower that was based on an original drawing from JoCheungIllustration.

Laser Cut Green Tinted Acrylic Flower Necklace From JoCheungIllustration

You don’t need to be a wizard to tap into the appeal of emeralds. Etsy seller DigitalHandmade created an acrylic solitaire emerald ring for the ultimate geek engagement ring.

Laser Cut Green Tinted Acrylic Rings From DigitalHandmade

Etsy seller FoxyFunk tapped into the mythology of the Green Arrow—a vigilante superhero who fights crime using archery, martial arts and technology—when creating this laser cut acrylic necklace.

Laser Cut Green Tinted Acrylic Arrow Necklace From FoxyFunk

Now Available: Green Tinted Acrylic Sheet

Play with light and add a sense of depth to your designs using this deep green plastic sheet. Darker than many of our tinted acrylics, this green tint gives you options if the desired result isn’t a completely opaque finish.

Green Tinted Acrylic Sheet

Learn more about Green Tinted Acrylic and get this Green Tinted Acrylic Sample.

Yellow Tinted Acrylic On Etsy

Yellow tinted acrylic is also hot on Etsy. Just check out these designs.

Etsy seller LeeMoDesigns used a detailed geometric pattern for laser cutting these modular origami inspired earrings.

Laser Cut Yellow Tinted Acrylic Origami Earrings From LeeMoDesigns

If the emerald solitaire ring above isn’t your thing, Etsy seller DigitalHandmade has you covered with this laser cut acrylic solitaire amber ring.

Laser Cut Yellow Tinted Acrylic Rings From DigitalHandmade

Add a tropical flair to any ensemble no matter what time of year with this laser cut pineapple necklace from Etsy seller KitschBitchJewellery.

Laser Cut Yellow Tinted Acrylic Pineapple Necklace From KitschBitchJewellery

Now Available: Yellow Tinted Acrylic Sheet

A touch more transparent than the green tinted acrylic, use the yellow tinted plastic sheet for designs that can be completely see-through. In addition to jewelry, this new material would work well in a lighting project to create a really warm glow.

Yellow Tinted Acrylic Sheet

Learn more about Yellow Tinted Acrylic and get this Yellow Tinted Acrylic Sample.

What Will You Laser Cut With Tinted Acrylic?

While green and yellow tinted acrylics are great for spring, these colors can really be used in any season to add a fresh pop of color. And don’t think that jewelry is the only thing to be made from these tints. They would look great with electronic enclosures, tableware, conference badges, signage, book covers and point of sale displays.

What ideas do you have for making with these new materials? Share your ideas in the comments below!

 

Opposites Attract: Creating Contrast With White On Black Acrylic

New Material In NZ Catalog: Two-Color Acrylic Sheets

Laser Cut White On Black Acrylic Rings

Color trends change with the seasons, the latest runway fashions and what Pantone says is the color of the year. But what’s one color combo that’s always in style: Black and white.

Black and white is a study in contrast. It can connote modern or retro. Elegant or casual. Sophisticated or whimsical.

Beyond style designations, black and white is more than a study in contrast. It is contrast.

By definition, black is the absence of light. Black absorbs light without reflecting any of the rays composing it. And at the other end of the spectrum is white. It reflects all rays completely and diffusely. They’re perfect opposites. Maybe that’s why we’re so attracted to them.

Contrast: Premier Principle Of Design

In addition to alignment, balance, proximity and repetition, contrast is one of the key principles of design. It is important to any design for three reasons:

  • Contrast Grabs Attention
  • Contrast Organizes Information
  • Contrast Creates Focus

American cinematographer Conrad Hall said, “Contrast is what makes photography interesting.” Agreed. But that interest isn’t limited to photos. Contrast is critical for successful designs in print, online and especially for laser cutting.

Get Inspired: What You Can Make With White On Black Acrylic

Using color is one of the easiest ways to create contrast. In the past, makers would have to painstakingly hand paint details onto jewelry and other small parts to get a striking contrast. But since the introduction of two-color acrylic sheets, you can now achieve a much sharper finish with waaaay less work.

Check out these laser cut acrylic rings we made. The intricate engraving really showcases the contrast in the double-layer acrylic.

Laser Cut White On Black Acrylic Rings

Typography also works incredibly well on two-layer acrylic, especially when ambigram logos are present because they look really cool when laser engraved. Use this white on black acrylic for signage, name tags, event badges, jewelry, holiday decorations and front panels for electronics enclosures. And since it is less expensive and laser cuts quicker, two-color acrylic sheets are a great alternative to using metal sheets.

Laser Cut White On Black Acrylic Price Tag

When designing for two-color acrylics, think beyond the contrast of the substrate. Also include contrast in typography (traditional vs. modern; serif vs. sans serif), lines (thick vs. thin; straight vs. curved) and shapes (big vs. small; geometric vs. organic) to create the most interest and impact.

Benefits Of Two-Color Acrylics

Because the top layer is engraved away, the bottom layer of the acrylic sheet is revealed. This results in excellent readability because the precision of the laser cutting gives the illusion that the graphic and lettering work is printed. Thus, this white on black acrylic is ideal for products that need text or graphics along with the unique shape achieved with laser cutting.

Compared to printed paper products that seem more disposable, two-color acrylics offer more permanence and longevity. Cardstock is 0.3mm where this white on black acrylic is 1.6mm thick—a massive difference compared to paper—so use two-color acrylic sheets as an upgrade to standard printing for a more robust product to make an impact.

Two-color acrylics are also manufactured with a UV-resistant additive. So while there will naturally be some fading with extended sun exposure, these acrylics hold up much better in UV light, making them quite durable for signage applications.

Finally, this material is Microsurfaced Impact Modified Acrylics. This means it contains a small amount of polymer that is similar to rubber to give the acrylic extra strength and flexibility. As a result, two-color acrylic sheets are slightly more flexible and melt a bit more during cutting than standard acrylic sheets. This ability to be bent makes two-color acrylics particularly suitable for trophy plates.

Now Available: White On Black Acrylic Sheets

With the addition of white on black acrylic, there are now four two-color acrylic sheets in the NZ Catalog.

White On Black Acrylic Sheets

Learn more about White On Black Acrylic and get this Two-Color Acrylic Sample.

Maker Tip: When designing for this material, make sure the small details for cutting are a bit bigger than they would normally be constructed on standard acrylics. Also keep in mind that the top layer is very thin so the underlying substrate is sometimes visible along the cut line as well. This is most noticeable in corners or angles of designs, so prepare files accordingly.

Get Talking: What Will You Laser Cut With White On Black Acrylic?

However you want to create contrast—with color, typography or graphics—two-color acrylics take your designs from ordinary to extraordinary. How will you use white on black acrylic? Share your ideas for an upcoming project in the comment box and let us know what you can’t wait to make!

 

3 Acrylics For Crisp & Clean Typography Designs

New Materials In USA Catalog: Two-Color Acrylic Sheets

Gold On Black Acrylic Wedding Invitation Styled

Serif. San serif. Kerning. Line space. Alignment. A lot goes into typography design. Fonts communicate masculinity vs. femininity, modern vs. retro, professional vs. casual, serious vs. whimsical.

Typography establishes a visual identity and expresses personality. So when your designs incorporate wordplay, you need the right laser cutting material to showcase this message: Two-Color Acrylics. And we have three new color combos to get the job done: Matte pink on white, brushed gold on black and matte orange on white.

Benefits Of Two-Color Acrylics

Because the top layer is engraved away, the bottom layer of the acrylic is revealed. This results is excellent readability because the precision of the laser cutting gives the illusion that the graphic and lettering work is printed. Thus, two-color acrylics are ideal for products that need text or graphics along with the unique shape achieved with laser cutting.

Compared to printed paper products that seem more disposable, two-color acrylic plastics offer more permanence and longevity. Cardstock is 0.3mm where these acrylic plastics are 1.5mm thick—a massive difference compared to paper—so use them as an upgrade to standard printing for a more robust product to make an impact.

Two-color acrylics are also manufactured with a UV-resistant additive. So while there will naturally be some fading with extended sun exposure, these acrylics hold up much better in UV light, making them quite durable for signage applications.

Finally, these materials are Microsurfaced Impact Modified Acrylics. This means they contain a small amount of polymer that is similar to styrene to give the acrylic extra strength and flexibility. As a result, two-color acrylics are slightly more flexible and melt a bit more during cutting than standard acrylics. This ability to be bent makes two-color acrylics particularly suitable for trophy plates.

Get Inspired: What You Can Make With Two-Color Acrylics

You may not have seen many laser cut products made from two-color acrylics. But not because these materials aren’t cool. They’ve just been primarily used in the trophy industry, so they’re less common in the maker world. Now you have an advantage to make something unique and, if you sell your designs, something different from your competitors.

To show you how amazing laser engraving contrasts on two-color acrylics, check out these examples we made for the three new colors:

Pink On White Acrylic – 1.5mm

Want to send a not-so-mushy valentine? Letting your crush know that “I like your face” is a lighthearted way to show affection without getting overly romantic.

Pink On White Acrylic Valentine Sign

Beyond Valentine’s Day, use matte pink on white acrylic to celebrate Mother’s Day or commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can also use it for signage in businesses with predominantly female clientele such as spas, nail salons or clothing boutiques.

Learn more about Pink On White Acrylic and get a Pink On White Acrylic Sample.

Brushed Gold On Black Acrylic – 1.5mm

For special occasions where you want to make a statement, create invitations using brushed gold on black acrylic.

Gold On Black Acrylic Wedding Invitation

In addition to designing invites, you can use brushed gold on black acrylic for VIP tickets, signage, jewelry, holiday decorations and front panels for electronics enclosures. Plus it is a great alternative to using metal since it is less expensive and laser cuts quicker.

Learn more about Brushed Gold On Black Acrylic and get a Brushed Gold On Black Acrylic Sample.

Orange On White Acrylic – 1.5mm

Because of its high visibility, matte orange on white acrylic is ideal for making signs, especially for food products because citrus colors are associated with healthy foods and stimulating appetites.

Orange On White Acrylic Julice Sign

You can also use this orange on white acrylic for fall harvest designs and Halloween products. It’s also applicable to spirit promos where orange is part of a school’s or university’s color palette.

Learn more about Orange On White Acrylic and get an Orange On White Acrylic Sample.

Now Available: Two-Color Acrylics

With the addition of matte pink on white, brushed gold on black, and matte orange on white acrylics, there are now nine two-color acrylics in the USA Catalog.

Pink Gold Orange Acrylic Sheets And Engraving

When designing for these materials, make sure the small details for cutting are a bit bigger than they would normally be constructed on standard acrylics. Also keep in mind that the top layer is very thin so the underlying substrate is sometimes visible along the cut line as well. This is most noticeable in corners or angles of designs, so prepare files accordingly.

Join The Conversation: What Will You Laser Cut With Two-Color Acrylics?

Whether you have a whimsical or elegant message to convey, two-color acrylics will make your words come to life. How will you use these new materials? Give us a shout in the comment box and let us know what you can’t wait to make!

 

3 Reasons Why You’ll Love Laser Cut Cork Products

New Material In NZ Catalog: Cork Sheets

When you think of cork, a wine bottle stopper is probably the first product that comes to mind. For those with sustainable building interests, you may even think of cork flooring. But have you thought of using cork as a material in your laser cutting projects?

Three Reasons To Love Cork

If you haven’t considered cork as a material for laser cutting projects, you should. And there are three reasons why you’ll love it.

  1. Laser engraving cork results in excellent contrast so your design details pop. You can see this contrast in the coffee cup holder we made with an intricate line-engraved honeycomb pattern. Line engraving for cork is recommended over area engraving due to powder (soot) build up, so you’ll want to design with that in mind.
  1. Cork is a flexible material. The majority of materials in the New Zealand catalog are rigid. So having another flexible material gives you more flexibility (pun intended!) for the products you design.
  1. Cork is generally regarded as environmentally friendly. Cork production is considered sustainable because the tree is not cut down to obtain cork; only the bark is stripped to harvest the cork while the tree continues to live and grow. (Check out this Apartment Therapy article to see why cork is so incredibly green.)

Get Inspired: How Makers Are Using Cork

Cork is a natural choice for coasters because of its absorption properties. Etsy seller EngravedSensations created custom laser cut coasters to put a twist on the traditional wedding save-the-date announcement. Now the couple and their guests have a long-lasting—and useful—memento of the special day.

Laser Cut Cork Wedding Coasters

Cork coasters can be turned into party place settings when personalized with individuals’ names, like these beauties from Etsy seller YourOneFineDay. Whether you’re designing an organic, whimsical or urban chic event, the natural finish of cork works as the perfect accompaniment to any party table.

Laser Cut Personalized Cork Coasters

 

For world travelers (or those who want to be), this laser cut cork push pin world map from Etsy seller ArbolDeCorcho lets you easily visualize where you’ve been and where you want to go in a eye-catching piece of wall art.

Laser Cut Cork World Map Wall Art

While cork has an organic beauty that’s suitable for jewelry and home décor projects, it also has applications in the industrial sector. This cork gasket from Ebay seller crunchtech is commonly used in 3D printers and other CNC machinery to reduce not only thermal transfer between parts but also vibration and resonance so there is less noise when printing.

Laser Cut Cork Gaskets

You can even spruce up a turntable with laser cut cork slipmats like these from Etsy seller PickYourPoisons that were inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man or Japanese artist Hokusai’s The Great Wave Off Kanagawa.

Laser Cut Cork Turntable Slipmat

Graphic designer Adriana Cabeza chose laser cut cork to create stamps, which she then used with fabric paint to create one-of-a-kind totebags.

Laser Cut Cork Stamps

Now Available: Cork

Cork is lightweight, rot resistant, compressible and recoverable, expandable, fire resistant in its natural state, impermeable, soft and buoyant.

Laser Cut Cork Samples

Learn more about 3mm Cork and get a Cork Sample.

Join The Conversation: What Will You Create With Laser Cut Cork?

Cork has so much versatility. What ideas do you have for making with this new material? Tell us all about it by leaving a comment below!

 

Why We Love Laser Cut Matte Red, Blue & Purple Acrylics

New Materials in USA Catalog: 3 New Shades Of Matte Acrylic

Matte is the new smooth! With our new red, purple and light blue shades of matte acrylic, you can add a touch of luxury to your designs as well as a more diverse color palette.

Why We Love These Materials

These new colors are pretty sweet. No longer are you restricted to strong solid tones, now you have the option to use more subtle and refined colors in your designs.

What’s also great about these new acrylics is that they are matte on both sides, giving you an elegant textured finish that doesn’t show all those pesky fingerprints when handled.

Did we mention that they are translucent? This means you can rock them to diffuse light and play with a sense of depth in your designs.

With a 3mm thickness, these acrylics are perfect for lighting projects, jewelry, enclosures, signage, business cards, luggage tags, name badges or anything that needs a soft, matte finish.

Available Now – Matte Purple Acrylic

Need a color that’s better suited to your design sensibilities? …

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Check out our new Matte Purple Acrylic, it will have your designs looking like a gem. Here are some pretty nifty glasses that we remixed from the super cool designer ARTCAD on Thingiverse. Costumes and props have never looked so professional!

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Learn more about Matte Purple Acrylic and grab a Sample.

Available Now – Matte Red Acrylic

Matte red will have you spinning …

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Our new Matte Red Acrylic is one of those versatile colors that inspires playfulness and fun. We had a play with 123D Make and made a wee spinning top. Let’s be honest, any excuse to make a toy for work is a good one. What toys/puzzles would you like to make?

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Learn more about Matte Red Acrylic and buy a Sample.

Available Now – Matte Light Blue Acrylic

Blue like a sunny summer’s day …

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Our new Matte Light Blue Acrylic has such a subtle and pleasing color, we feel like cloud watching every time we look at it. Still on the 123D Make buzz, we whipped up the bowl pictured above. We think the translucent nature of the material complements the 3D form, to give it that extra point of interest.

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Learn more about Matte Light Blue Acrylic and purchase a Sample.

Now It’s Your Turn

What do you think would look great in these three new Matte Acrylics? We’d love to hear how these new colors and textures inspire you. Share by leaving a comment below.

Or get straight to making with these awesome new acrylics!

 

Why We Love Laser Cut Green Glass Acrylic

New Material In NZ Catalog: Green Glass Acrylic

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This popular material in the USA is now also available in NZ! Introducing laser cuttable ‘glass’ without the cost.

Why Green Glass Acrylic Is Amazing

Green glass acrylic is smooth on both sides and transparent, making it perfect for projects where the objective is to have the look of glass without the high price and pesky breakage issue.

The mini snowflakes above really take advantage of the icy, glass-like color you get with this material. But keep in mind that the smaller the design, the less green and more transparent it will look on the edges.

Green Glass Acrylic And A Samsung Camera

Because of the transparent nature of green glass acrylic, you can combine it with other materials to create one-of-a-kind displays like this one from Milos Paripovic.

This point-of-sale store display for a Samsung camera was laser cut and then mirror foil was fixed to the head so customers could simultaneously see the back side of the camera. The design is certainly an attention-getter, and what could be better camera holder than a hand!

Green Glass Acrylic On Etsy

How are Etsy sellers using green glass acrylic in their shops? Check out this mini greenhouse from 2of2.

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The little structure brings the outdoors in with an interior stand of tiny trees. The sleek geometric lines of this “glass-look” house are softened by the whimsy of the trees inside. A fun way to tap into the terrarium home décor trend.

Next, you won’t believe what OMGoshShop can do with green glass acrylic. Cut into the sensuous curve of the Kanagawa wave, this bracelet is based on the famous woodblock print by Hokusai.

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The waves, though they look ferocious, have been designed so that the tips won’t scratch or snag. The acrylic is etched, hand highlighted to emphasize the crashing waves, heated to 140+ degrees and then molded by hand. Unlike mass-made round bracelets, this cuff is oval and curves closely to the wrist making it comfortable for everyday wear.

Available Now – Green Glass Acrylic

This acrylic is clear with just a hint of green tint on the edges, giving you a subtle acrylic option versus the stronger colors available.

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Learn about Green Glass Acrylic details and get a Green Glass Acrylic Sample.

Now It’s Your Turn

You could clearly have tons of fun making with this new material. What ideas do you have? Tell us all about it by leaving a comment below. We have a $20 coupon for the best idea!

Make Oh-So On-Trend Light Boxes

New Material: Opal Acrylic Is Re-Released In The NZ Catalog

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If you want to light up someone’s life, then you need to be making with the re-released Opal Acrylic. With its popularity in the USA, we’re now bringing it back to New Zealand for all the makers down under.

Why Opal Is A Great Choice

Since it’s the first single color 2mm acrylic in NZ, makers benefit from a lower base material cost. Additionally, the thinner thickness is faster to cut through, so it costs less to make the same design on 2mm than on 3mm. Double cost savings. Sweet!

Opal Acrylic is slightly translucent, making it perfect for projects where the objective is to diffuse light—such as electronics projects, signs and lamp shades. Or make a light box to really be on-trend.

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How Etsy Sellers Are Using Opal Acrylic

RoKDesignStudio has made this lamp from natural oiled oak, complemented by red twisted cloth vintage wire and opal acrylic for light diffusion. Use it on the floor, bookshelf, table or anywhere else where a mood light can be placed to create atmosphere.

What Else Can You Use It For?

Opal Acrylic isn’t limited to functional light sources. It can also be used artistically. Helen Reynolds, a Wellington-based artist, created a series of work exploring cloud shape and formation, including a sculptural installation she created with the help on Ponoko’s laser cutting service. See behind the scenes of how she did it in the article “Creating Cloudscape Sculptures From Laser Cut Layers.”

Acrylic – Opal

The acrylic tends to pick up light on the edges, which gives off a kind of subtle glow. And the color of light can easily be changed by using different colored light bulbs.

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Learn more about Opal Acrylic and get a Sample.

What bright ideas do you have for making with this re-released acrylic? Would it be functional…or more artistic? We’d love to hear all about it. Share by leaving a comment below!

 

New Ultrasuedes: You “Can” Touch This

3 New Shades Of Ultrasuede Added To The USA Materials Catalog

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Forget what M.C. Hammer says. When it comes to our three new shades of ultrasuede, you can touch this.

Why Ultrasuede is Special

A synthetic microfiber fabric with a natural-looking suede surface, ultrasuede is sooooooo soft that you can’t keep your hands off it. In addition to its tactile appeal, the new black, bone and red colors are beautiful aesthetically too.

Ultrasuede is special because being synthetic means it’s a vegan alternative to leather—so it’s great for carnivores and herbivores alike. And since the polyester used in ultrasuede is recovered from pre-consumer waste, it is appealing to those with environmental and sustainability concerns.

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Ultrasuede – Black

Black is a great choice to compliment stationary.  You can make items such as book covers, bookmarks, document pouches and business card holders. Incorporate it into branding with items such as clothing labels and hangtags. Or make fashion accessories such as bags, purses and wallets.

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Learn more about Black Ultrasuede and get a Sample.

Ultrasuede – Bone

We love this natural color, which has a great contrast when engraved. You could even combine the flexibility of ultrasuede with hard materials to give designs added texture and depth. However it is used, ultrasuede looks beautiful with engraved text, design—or both.

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Learn more about Bone Ultrasuede and get a Sample.

Ultrasuede – Red

Use red for a pop of color. If you’re obsessing over ultrasuede (like we are!), you may also want to check out the three colors we debuted in August: Caramel, Coffee Bean and Executive Gray. To see all the materials currently available, check out the USA Catalog.

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Learn more about Red Ultrasuede and get a Sample.

Are you as stoked about these new ultrasuedes as we are? Give us a shout in the comment box and let us know what you can’t wait to make with these new materials.

 

New Materials: Brushed Gold On Black Acrylic

Just Released In The NZ Materials Catalog

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Do we have a golden ticket for you! Now you can add some bling to any project with our new 1.6 mm Two Color Acrylic – Brushed Gold on Black. The first gold colored option for New Zealand, this acrylic features a metal-like, brushed-gold finish on top with a smooth black finish on the bottom.

Since the two-color acrylic engraves beautifully to reveal the black underneath, it’s perfect for making jewelry, signage, front panels on electronics and holiday decorations. Snowflakes are super pretty!

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You can also make “golden tickets” for wedding invitations or use them as event VIP tickets.

For the ambitious, make golden tickets to kick off a special adventure for friends and family that would make Willy Wonka proud. (And there’s no purchase of Willy Wonka chocolate bars necessary. But you may start singing “I’ve Got The Golden Ticket” like Grandpa Joe. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…)

Acrylic – Two Color – Brushed Gold on Black

Learn more about Brushed Gold On Black Acrylic and get a Brushed Gold On Black Acrylic Sample.

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With the addition of this new two-color acrylic, we now have 23 acrylic colors (some with multiple thicknesses) currently available in the NZ catalog. And if you love the gold and black combo, you’ll also want to check out Brushed Silver On Black Acrylic and Matte Black On White Acrylic to see how these cool graphic qualities can be added to designs.

 

What kind of golden projects do you want to make with this new material? Share your ideas by leaving a comment below!