Technique: Cutting Acrylic Sheets

Here is a simple way to cut this material and get you started on discovering it’s potential.
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Clear acrylic glass sheets are a versatile material that can be used any number of ways for a variety of projects. Lighter than glass, durable and easy to cut and glue, acrylic sheets are a great option for fine art and craft activities. Here is a simple way to cut this material and get you started on discovering it’s potential.

MATERIALS:

  • DeSerres acrylic sheet
  • Utility knife
  • Metal ruler
  • China marker or Sharpie 

INSTRUCTIONS:

How to cut acrylic sheets

Step 1: 

Leave the protective plastic on the acrylic sheet while cutting it as the surface is easily scratched. Measure where you would like to cut with a ruler and mark it with a grease pencil, china marker or Sharpie.

Step 2: 

Holding your ruler firmly against the plastic, score the plastic using a heavy-duty utility knife approximately 10-15 times.

Step 3: 

Place your scored line against the edge of a table with the scored side up. Hold your plastic securely against the table with your hand or a piece of wood and press down sharply on the piece of acrylic glass hanging over the edge of the table. Use enough force to snap it off in one clean motion.

 

Step 4: 

Remove the protective plastic after all your cutting has been done and you are ready to start your project.

TIPS 

  • If the edge of the plastic is rough it can be sanded
  • Measure twice, cut once
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