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One Shot brand (metallic) lettering paint back painted acrylic plaques
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The brushable paint, is just "roughed on",  the back of these 3/4" thick acrylic blocks. (one coat)
It's good paint, that brand, has been around a long time.  The metallic copper and gold shown here,
have a nice effect.  Old skool sign painters, used it a lot,
but it's still available, at many places.  It's not cheap, but worth it.  No link here, as I really don't
want to focus on a paint promo, but show what can be done with the plexi.
In the next post, I will show my simple screen printing setup,
and give some simple advise, based on my experiences.




Clear Acrylic Hexagon End Table, (having fun with one off speculation)
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I only did one of these, for my own design pleasure, not profit.
The "traffic" would not bear what price I would need to make it profitable,
even if demand was there

I have been wondering what this concept would look like.
I am sure it's been done before, (hasn't everything?) but
honestly, I didn't copy anyone.  It's all 3/4" thick material,
and for sale at Etsy.  acrylic hexagon table


Clear acrylic end tables, make good outdoor patio additions
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Believe it or not, they weather well.   In the past they would yellow after about 3-7 years.
But in the last few years, manufacturers, have been improving UV stabilizers, and
promise the sheets to be yellow free for 30 years.  Quite a claim.  Time will tell tell,
but anywhere near that time frame would be acceptable.


Speculating on transparent color furniture again
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Every once in while, I get the urge to expand the "line" a little bit.  Normally it's met  with modest sales, this time will be the same.  Clear is  more neutral, color is needed, but sparingly.   The proven "C" table is available in a transparent light blue color at my ebay listings. https://www.ebay.com/itm/273180006102?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649  If it's more than just a "flash in the pan" I will list at my amazon too. www.amazon.com/shops/southeastflorida


Amazon delivery took a picture of gifts I sent to my sister, kind of funny, kind of cool. It's a…
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Amazon delivery took a picture of gifts I sent to my sister, kind of funny, kind of cool. It's a…

Posted by Steven Durante on 28 Mar 2018, 15:54


A refrigerator friend is one who will come into your house and open up your refrigerator, looking…
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A refrigerator friend is one who will come into your house and open up your refrigerator, looking…

Posted by Steven Durante on 4 Mar 2018, 16:18


Recent Clichs: Market Froth or Market Defroth. DEFINITION of 'Froth' Market conditions preceding an…
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Recent Clichs: Market Froth or Market Defroth. DEFINITION of 'Froth' Market conditions preceding an…

Posted by Steven Durante on 1 Mar 2018, 14:59


What came first, the Jamba Juice Acai drink, or the Norix Commercial Seating? (color is the same)…
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What came first, the Jamba Juice Acai drink, or the Norix Commercial Seating? (color is the same)…

Posted by Steven Durante on 16 Feb 2018, 15:05


clear round acrylic occasional table
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At 25" high and 20 diameter, this experiment in design, was made for my own enjoyment.
I am pretty sure hardly no one will want to pay what I need to make a profit.
Sometimes, that is the way it works, you just pay for your design therepy that way.
Rods are 2" diameter cast acrylic.


Latest cliche: algo Algorithmic trading (automated trading, black-box trading, or simply…
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Latest cliche: algo Algorithmic trading (automated trading, black-box trading, or simply…

Posted by Steven Durante on 6 Feb 2018, 10:12


Photos from Steven Durante's post
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Photos from Steven Durante's post

Posted by Steven Durante on 5 Feb 2018, 15:51


Zebra wood slab and acrylic coffee table
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These are customer submitted pictures, you can see the Miami influence.
I only supply the clear bases, and they are free to design with wood, glass, marble etc.
They wanted a custom thickness, 1", not many people will order that, as it costs about
twice what a very adequate 3/4 stock table bases would be.




A thicker, larger acrylic "C" table added to line
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Like the smaller, thinner "C" table that has been well recieved, this size was requested many times as a custom, so I just added it to my stock line.
As I expected there is a lot of price resistance on the one item, I may not sell many and drop it from the line.
The thicker 3/4" material, and extra labor and shipping demand I put pricepoint about twice what the smaller 1/2" table is.


clear coffee table is less of a visual block for balcony
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At these apartments, the view is king, and primary reason they are there.
Any thing to aid or enhance the outside siteline is welcome.
The 3/4" thick acrylic material of this table, holds up even with more outside exposure.
They are in stock and ready to ship from Amazon
Most people are comfortable ordering from amazon, based on reviews, and return policy,;
and this product is no different.


For us, Florida storm was a very minor problem
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Sure, we had a few inches of water, 2 days of lost power, some lost inventory, but, we are 100 percent up and running.
Still doing the church plaques, this 3 color yellow one came out real nice, in my opinion.
It's about 10" wide.  It's nice they allow me some fredom making those, as long it is a direct verse quote of
one version of the bible.  I undertand, they can't allow dissemination of any person perspectives on the subject at hand.
Will try to keep posts more regular, have been scrambling to keep up with amazon and ebay acrylic tables sales.
So, I have nothing to complain about.


"milk money" logo sandwich type display sign
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This one is again for my own design therapy pleasure. It's about 11" high,
and just printed on a large format printer, in opaque film. It would be better
in a translucent film, but that is hard to do.


large vertical menu holder (clear acrylic)
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This one is 11" x 14" high, x 3" deep, and does the job, very well.
The layers are 3/16" thick material, instead of the standard 1/8".
I am adding some clear channel on top, to keep squeezed, it's ok now,
but just in case it opens up in the future.
That myapapaya has good soup, the cooks know what they are doing.


Even the very best premium acrylic has factory defects
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But we work around these sort of "watermarks".
Luckily, they don't occur too often.
As the years go by the technology has less and less defects of any kind.
Some other acrylic sheet defects are, dark and light "inclusions" or basically
dirt that got in the mold during casting somehow.

It gets expensive for me to scrap the whole sheet or table, as there is no way remove most
of these severe "blurbs".


Clear stand for Harman Kardon glass speakers
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WIth 24 different tables in our line, this customers choice of the acrylic "C" table is good for their location.
I don't know much about speaker sound quality, I always though the hard glass, or even acrylic surface was not good.
It's a novel look.



The speakers can be found at:
https://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-Soundsticks-III-Multimedia/dp/B0042F3K9W

hard maple laser engraving job, with a 3/4" thick black acrylic base
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These are about 13" high, so I needed a base of some sort, as the 1" thick maple would be tippy.
The raw material wood boards I get from ebay.  Ebay prices are great, but the shipping doubles it,
making it a little higher than a trip to a local hardwood shop, like General Hardwoods, here in
Fort Lauderdale.  Make sure to get the same wood thickness to make the laser engravers job easier.
The wood is already surface planed, so prep is easy, just cut to size, and a light orbital sand.

Again, the design aspect of these projects are like therapy for me, taking the noise of manufacturing away.


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