ACRYLIC CASTING

Although acrylic has existed since the 1800s, it wasn't until artists such as Archipenko, Calder and Nevelson began incorporating it into their artwork that it became popular.  These visionary artists created their work from acrylic sheets and rods, but their work paved the way for   the cast acrylic we use today. We can produce a pourable liquid with the advancement of technology by using monomers and polymers in combination.  When cared for properly, the material we use will not crack, fade, or yellow. 

 

The durability of the medium and its optical clarity allows our clients to add new dimensions to their work, such as refractions, colors, and textures. The medium can be colored, frosted, texturized, polished and items can be embedded within it.  

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Moonscape by Michael Wilkinson

It is essential to the casting process when using optically pure materials like acrylic that the mold is perfect. This is because what is on/in the mold will be transferred to the casting.  Unlike bronze, acrylic is not forgiving.  

We begin with a mold. We carefully measure and pour the acrylic into the mold.  We then transfer the mold to the autoclave, which can accommodate projects as large as 25' (feet).  After the pressurizing and heating phases are complete, the item is removed from the autoclave, demolded, and hand-finished according to the client's specifications. 

 

This process can take 4-8 weeks, depending on the size of the project.

There are times when a project is so unique that our clients document the process like Luke did here. 

 

"A Case For The Beard" is a short documentary that tells the story of how he deals with the birth of his baby and his beard. 

 

What happens at the end may surprise you, as it surprised us!