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Ceramic Coatings Can Control Thermal Expansion


Benefits of Ceramic Coatings-
and a Project with Plexiglas

Solar Radiation Control

Waterproofs, protects and prevents corrosion 100%

Ultraviolet Ray Protection

Reduces thermal shock- contraction/expansion

Acoustical Benefit

(reduces noise)

Surface Temperature Reduction

When applied to a thickness of 20 mils, Ceramic Insulation Coatings will reduce the surface temperature 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Additional coats can decrease the temperature 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Easy Application

Shutting down operations is not required because Ceramic Insulation Coatings can be applied up to 360 degrees Fahrenheit.

Plexiglas skylights on roof top section of office building

Ceramic Insulation Coatings applied to 20 mils for control of thermal shock.
(West Edmonton Mall, Alberta Canada)

Ceramic Insulation Coatings Applied to Plexiglas skylights to control expansion and contraction (thermal shock). Saved in excess of $75,000.00
(West Edmonton Mall, Alberta Canada)

Ceramic Insulation Coatings provides higher equivalent R-Values relating to radiant energy transfer than fiberglass or other conventional systems.

Keeping the summer heat out and the winter heat in!

During the winter season in the northern hemisphere, heat naturally, travels from the warmer areas towards the colder outside (ambient) air, or in such instances where the roles are reversed, the same will occur.

Ceramic Insulation Coatings has a low K-Factor which indicates high R-Value the lack of mass thickness in the coatings, as opposed to the conventional insulations will not be enough to act as a conductive insulator through the substrate to the outside.

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Acrylic Cake Stands

Acrylic (with brand names like Acrylite, Plexiglas, Lucite, Optix) is an excellent material for supporting your super cake creations.

Clear acrylic is an FDA approved material and its edges can be polished to a glass-like shine.

There’s two grades of acrylic: cast and extruded. For your larger flat pieces you can save money by asking for extruded acrylic. If you need near-optical perfection then you’ll end up using cast acrylic – a bit more expensive but absolutely faultless. How do you glue everything together? You need acrylic glue – click here for an article that might help you.

Here’s some ideas I found on line (click on the images to go to the website):

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Use Acrylic For Quilting Templates


Quilters hold virtual quilting bees via the Internet

04:23 PM CDT on Thursday, October 18, 2007

By NANCY MYERS / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Nancy Myers is a Dallas freelance writer.



Debby Luttrell holds the finished quilt from the Patchwork Party 2007. Ms. Luttrell owns Stitchin’ Heaven, in Quitman.

If you think the quilting bee is a thing of the past, think again. The venerable art of patchwork is alive and well, thanks to a modern-day cyber circle that’s the brainchild of Debby Luttrell, owner of quilt shop Stitchin’ Heaven in Quitman, 100 miles east of Dallas.

It’s an example of how an old handicraft is evolving.

Sensing that camaraderie and a mutual fondness for hearth and home were common threads, she launched the twice-annual Internet event called Patchwork Party, inviting quilting enthusiasts nationwide to participate, compare notes and admire the finished works of a select group of shops.

“I had dreamed up a similar concept to use as a marketing strategy at a trade show, and I took it to the Internet a couple of years later because the time was right,” Ms. Luttrell says.

The first sewing soiree was in August 2006, and word quickly spread. Patchwork Party Fall 2007 – appropriately themed Home for the Holidays and featuring a vintage red, green and black color scheme – is in progress.


Although the traditional medium for quilt block templates is paper, acrylic templates are recommended by Patchwork Party participants.

At the heart of this online gathering are 12 stores from throughout the country, each with its own collectible quilt block. Patterns for the quilt blocks are by quilting designer and author Marti Michell of Atlanta, whose focus is on “quilting for people who don’t have time to quilt. We take traditional blocks with basic geometric shapes and try to put a twist in them.”

In addition to its own quilt block, each store has its own suggested quilt design for assembly of all 12 blocks, viewable via that store’s link to Patchwork Party 2007. Participants can collect the dozen block kits and, if they choose, purchase a separate finishing kit to follow a store’s quilt patterns. The finishing kit consists of everything else it takes to complete the quilt, such as sashing, binding and alternative fabric to make a center pattern or other signature element.

Paper patterns are included in the block kits, although Mrs. Michell’s acrylic templates are recommended by many shop owners and participants because they’re more durable and wrinkle-proof. And in the current quilt world, they’re also more collectible. Her acrylic templates, which are sold separately, don’t have to be cut and pinned down like the paper version, although paper is the traditional template medium.

Also Online

A roundup of new quilt books

Participating quilters who prefer not to replicate any store’s quilt design can mix up the blocks any way they wish. Ms. Luttrell says some quilters buy all 12 blocks or just a few to blend with squares of their own design. But most participants tend to buy all 12.

“It’s fun for them when they get 12 packages from 12 stores,” says Kimberly Jolly, co-owner (with her husband) of Fat Quarter Shop in Manchaca, near Austin. “It’s like Christmas.”

Fat Quarter is one of three quilting shops in the Patchwork Party circuit that are online-only operations.

“The stores are all over the country, so it gives us exposure to stores we would not normally have exposure to,” says Diane Patterson, a veteran Dallas quilter. She’s been quilting for about 12 years, and her quilting club meets for a retreat at Ms. Luttrell’s bunkhouse every year.


“The wonderful thing about this program is it allows you to get to know other stores,” says Kim Bicksler of Dallas, a participant in all the Patchwork Parties thus far. “I knew about Stitchin’ Heaven, but I got to know 11 other stores. I just got another newsletter and there was another kit that I just have to have, and they’re all the way out in Georgia.”

Seasoned quilters and novices alike are serious about this skill. “What we aim to do is a really simple quilt so that people would be able to finish it by Christmas,” says Ms. Jolly. “Our goal was to gear things toward the beginning quilter. Each of the stores is different, and each comes up with its own niche audience. That’s part of the fun; they can pick whatever they like.”

As an eight-year quilting veteran at 33, Mrs. Jolly is a living example of the younger audience this pastime continues to attract. “We’re seeing very hip colors from the ’70s, and more and more young quilters are quilting because they can find fabric that’s not ‘grandma’ fabric.”

Most of the stores also offer their own patterns for other items such as table runners, placemats, Christmas stockings and pillowcases that coordinate with the quilts.

Ms. Luttrell says that during the spring event, which ran from Valentine’s Day through Memorial Day, more than 24,000 quilt blocks were sold, averaging 2,000 per store. Nov. 30 is the final day for purchasing the current set of blocks. Expect something different this spring.

“In the quilting world, fabrics come and go really fast,” adds Ms. Luttrell. Of the popular Patchwork format, she says, “It just shows that quilters are Internet-savvy.”

Nancy Myers is a Dallas freelance writer.

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How You Bond A 40′ x 4″ Acrylic Sphere…


Acrylic Bonding

Through years of R&D, Reynolds Polymer Technology has developed an ability to chemically bond acrylic, creating a nearly invisible seam, while maintaining over 90% of the parent materials strength.

For larger projects, “on-site bonding” has become a way of creating massive acrylic structures on-site as shipping the finished product would be impossible. In some cases months are spent in clean room environments in order to create that exacting bonding atmosphere as would be at home.

Reynolds Polymer Technology - R-Cast Acrylic

Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Project
Sudbury, Ontario, CanadaThe Sudbury Neutrino Observatory in Ontario, Canada, is a scientific masterpiece. Designed for astrophysics research, this forty-foot (12.2m) sphere is made of 2″ – 4″ (5cm – 10cm) thick acrylic, was created with over 1,550 feet (470m) of bonds, and was constructed 1.25 miles (2km) beneath the surface of the earth in a clean room environment.

The Sudbury Neutrino Observatory was a collaborative effort sponsored by the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom to increase the scientific understanding of particle physics and astrophysics. Approximately 74,000 pounds (33,566kg) of acrylic and over 1,550 feet (470m) of bonds were used to create this 40’ (12.2m) cast acrylic sphere.

The forty-foot (12.2m) diameter seamless acrylic sphere at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Project is used for astrophysics research. Reynolds Polymer Technology provided the scientific research and design, engineering, manufacturing and on-site installation of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) project.

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New Water-Based Acrylic Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive


New Water-Based Acrylic Pressure-Sensitive
Adhesive Grabs Higher Performance Applications

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Rohm and Haas announced today that it has developed a new water-based acrylic adhesive, ROBOND(TM) Prohesion, designed for pressure sensitive tapes and other demanding applications traditionally served by solvent-based adhesives. The product exhibits characteristics and stamina never before seen or thought possible in an aqueous acrylic adhesive.

“Water-borne acrylic PSAs may have traveled a long way, but until now, solvent-based choices have continued to dominate most higher-performance adhesive requirements,” says Chris Urheim, Rohm and Haas North American region marketing manager, pressure sensitive adhesives. “With ROBOND(TM) Prohesion, we have taken another significant leap forward in delivering a cost effective acrylic adhesive that doesn’t compromise performance. Feedback from our customers so far has been amazing.”

Shear adhesion and resistance properties of this new technology are said to be groundbreaking. No other emulsion PSA has ever come close to the product’s heat resistance capabilities while retaining its level of adhesion. Tests indicate that ROBOND Prohesion withstands punishing hot shear tests at 150 degrees F (62 degrees C) for more than 50 hours, exceeding values of some solvent-based choices. In addition, the product’s humidity resistance is outstanding, eliminating a traditional shortcoming of aqueous systems. ROBOND Prohesion retains more than 80 percent of its peel adhesion after prolonged exposure to moisture under severe conditions of 90 percent humidity at 95 degrees F (35 degrees C).

ROBOND Prohesion offers an environmentally advanced formulation that holds up to performance demands of the automotive, construction and general industrial markets, all of which are requesting that suppliers lower volatile organic compounds in their products. The adhesive adheres aggressively and exhibits superior anchorage to substrates ranging from high surface energy applications, like stainless steel for example, to equally challenging low surface energy materials like high-density polyolefin foams.

To learn more about ROBOND(TM) Prohesion, visit us at,

About Rohm and Haas Company

Leading the way since 1909, Rohm and Haas is a global pioneer in the creation and development of innovative technologies and solutions for the specialty materials industry. The company’s technologies are found in a wide range of industries including: Building and Construction, Electronics and Electronic Devices, Household Goods and Personal Care, Packaging and Paper, Transportation, Pharmaceutical and Medical, Water, Food and Food Related, and Industrial Process. Innovative Rohm and Haas technologies and solutions help to improve life every day, around the world. Based in Philadelphia, PA, the company generated annual sales of approximately $8.2 billion in 2006. Visit for more information. imagine the possibilities(TM)

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Rebuild Arcade Games Using Acrylic

I’ve come across a number of forums and groups filled with great tips, tricks, & ideas for repairing and rebuilding arcade game consoles (remember Frogger? OK, how about GORF? come on… PACMAN? anyone?). Here’s one:


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About Masking

Many plastics, especially those used for displays or signs, are enshrouded in some kind of protective covering, called masking. The two most common are paper masking and poly masking (polyethylene film). LEAVE THE MASKING ON WHILE YOU CUT! If you need to draw your shape on the material first and then trace it with a tool then paper masking should be requested and there will be a bit of premium paid since paper costs more than poly film. As a general rule, poly will be shipped unless otherwise specified.

Poly-masked Polycarbonate

Paper-masked Acrylic

Remember to peel back the masking
when flame polishing




The sheet masking should be left in place during most fabrication operations to protect the sheet surface. The masking may be removed for intricate detail work on the sheet if necessary. Certain heat sources used in line bending and thermoforming operations may also require removal of the masking.

Unmasked sheet should be stored in the original shipping cartons. Avoid handling unmasked sheet unnecessarily.

You can remove the paper masking with a cardboard tube by rolling the masking around it. If the adhesive has hardened, moistening it with aliphatic naphtha, hexane or kerosene will help to soften it. Do not use gasoline or sharp-edged objects such as razor blades. Any oily film left behind by solvents should be removed immediately by washing.


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DIY Acrylic Pet Bird Feeding Station


Plexiglas Feeding Station

Nancy Coats and her husband, Lee, designed and created a feeding station for their two Solomon Island Eclectus parrots named Sweet Pea and Carmine. They were tired of the mess that the birds made with their soft foods and this solved the problem beautifully. The mess is completely contained in this easy-to-clean feeding station. The birds actually enjoy visiting their special restaurant now. If you have questions, you can Email Nancy at this address: nancycoats@animail.netThese dimensions are for 2 Solomon Island Eclectus Parrots. You can adjust dimensions to fit the size of your bird(s).Materials

  • 2 pieces 1/4″ plexiglass* – 20″highX19″wide (sides)
  • 3 pieces 1/4″ plexiglass* – 20″highX27″wide (front, back & top)
  • *Have all edges and corners smoothed out.


  • 8 clips (2 for each corner)
  • 2 hinges for top (may be hard to find)
  • 1 hasp to hold up top (may be hard to find)
  • This hardware is used for glass & plexiglass shelving.

Click images to enlargePurchase a 6″ or higher perch with cups & places to put toys, etc. Line/Design has the best perches for this 1-800-767-4208. They have enough cups and holes in the sides of the perches to add toys/key rings, etc. You can also purchase a perch for one bird with toys already on one side. They clean up and sanitize well.


  • Check the phone book in your area for a plexiglass supplier. Ask to have 5 pieces of plexiglass cut to the dimensions you need and make sure they smooth out all the edges and corners. Make sure the feeder is no taller than the length of your arm (from under arm pit to the top of wrist). Otherwise, you won’t be able to reach in and clean it easily. Also the lower the table you have the feeder on, the easier it will be to reach in and clean it. Having your birds at eye level when you’re sitting down is about right.
  • Hardware (metal connectors, chrome or brass) can be found at your local retail fixture store or call KC Fixture 1-800-862-0899


  • Assemble two sides at a time and tighten 2 clips to each corner of the plexiglass. There should be about 1/2 inch space in each corner for ventilation. Clip all 4 sides together.
  • Clip the front hasp in the middle of the top piece. The other part of the hasp clips to the top of the front of the feeder. This holds up the top of the feeder.
  • Clip the two hinges on the back of the top piece and the top of the back piece.

USING THE FEEDING STATIONPut the feeder on a formica table or something that can be wiped off and sanitized. Make sure the back is near a wall so the birds will feel safe. Also make sure they are not in direct sunlight. There is no bottom to this feeder because it will clean up a lot easier. Just put newspaper on the bottom and throw it away after each feeding. The first time you place your bird(s) in the feeder, lower the top “very” slowly, inch by inch, so they are not startled. They will watch you lower the lid down for the first few days. They will eventually feel comfortable and sing/talk between eating and playing and can remain in the feeder for 2-4 hours. Your birds can now eat all kinds of messy foods and all will be contained in the feeder. Use grapefruit extract & water, or vinegar & water, to clean up. Dry with a paper towel. Enjoy!

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So, What Happens When It Flushes?

source: Editor’s Note: The most read articles from our library are about building your own fish tank. So, when I saw this I just HAD to share it y’all.

Bathroom Acquarium


I keep an enormous fish tank in my office. I love it, except when it’s time for monthly cleanings, I always wish it were a little closer to the bathroom. It would be nice to just bring the fresh water a few steps rather than lugging buckets around the whole house, but would I trade it for the Fish n Flush? Not sure about that.

The Fish n Flush is a toilet with a two piece tank. The front 2.2 gallon section is a fully functioning aquarium, the back, your standard tank. It’s an interesting idea reminiscent of goldfish shoes for its cheesy excess, but still, I kind of like it.

The tank could be fresh or salt water, though live coral is a no-no. Not into fish? It could be a terrarium or habitat for just about anything, including frogs, snakes or lizards. The kitschy seat and lid definitely have to go, but it might be possible to turn this thing into a modern, zen-inspired focal point for a quiet, relaxing bathroom. Maybe?

A safer bet is that it would help with potty training.

Find out more and order your own for $299 at Fish n Flush.

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DIY See-Through Acrylic CD Player Cover

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Installing Clear Tops on J/K CED Players

This page provides instructions for installing see-through covers on J/K CED players by cutting a rectangular hole in the existing cover and closing it with a piece of transparent acrylic plastic. The procedure is designed so that a few simple hand tools can accomplish this task, while still maintaining a professional appearance in the finished product. The purpose of having a clear top is so onlookers can observe the caddy extraction mechanism on these players, as well as other operations, like the movement of the disc between the load and play positions, and the playback of the disc itself. RCA made a few clear-top SFT100 players in 1980 for this very purpose, but I’ve never seen or heard of factory-manufactured J/K models, which being motorized, have the coolest mechanisms of all CED players. The only retail player model with a see-through opening was the Toshiba VP100 which had just a tiny little window useful only to verify that a disc was loaded and spinning.

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