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Acrylic jewelry - Production

Induflex produces acrylic (plexiglas) parts for jewelry to a wide range of designers in Denmark and abroad. For Induflex the starting point is always a presentation from the designer - we then use lasers to cut the jewelry out of clear or colored acrylic plates. Sometime with an engraving of the surface and thermoformed.

We have compiled a few examples of the possibilities below and a few tips if you want to design his own collection.
Production:
  • Laser cutting
  • Laser engraving
  • thermoformed
   
Akryl smykker
A selection of acrylic jewelry produced by Induflex
   
What is the price
The short answer:
100 €/each, if you order 1 piece. 2 €/each, if you order 100 pieces (approx.).

The long answer:
It depends on how many pieces you order, the material, the geometry, the size and how much drawing your can do yourself. The first one is always expensive because we have to program the lasers, setups, etc. For small number of units, the price is high. Jewelry designers normally order at least 50 pieces at a time. Also see
How do I get acrylic items cheap?

Call for a price.

How do I?

You must first decide on materials, manufacturing and design:

Materials
Acrylic sheets can be delivered in thicknesses of 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15 and 20mm. But for earrings and necklaces 3 mm is usually chosen, because it comes in many different colors and finishes. The choices much more limited in other thicknesses. However, bracelets are often made from 8 mm. Induflex is among the few in Europe with a wide range of 3 mm acrylic on stock. Including 40 different colors. This makes it possible to order a relatively small number of units in the chosen color without having to buy and pay for shipping of the plates from abroad. Acrylic is also supplied as round rods, which can also be thermoformed and used as a pendants.

Production
Laser Cutting:
Laser cutting of acrylic plates is almost always a part of the production. Often it is the only process. It is possible to make charms a few millimeters in diameter.

Laser Engraving
Laser engraving is in principle a laser cutting where the laser beam only touches the surface (more on
Laser engraving ). It can be done simultaneously with the laser cutting and is therefore relatively inexpensive if only made on one side of the acrylic plate. Most colored acrylic sheet, acrylic mirror and radiant acrylic yields good results.

thermoforming
Acrylic softens when heated to 145 C. That gives a unique opportunity to make form jewelry. (Here a
example, larger scale ). You only need an oven and a form. Some jewelry designer can do that them self, other times Induflex is doing it for them.

Foils
If it is not possible to find an acrylic plate in exactly the color you want, the plates can by imposed a bonding foil on one or two sides. It can be laser cut with good results. Note that the acryl with foil cannot thermoformed, because the film does not stretch.


Design / Drawing
The design of the jewelry is entirely up to you, but when it comes to the manufacturing, it has to be converted to a computer drawing. Most designer already using computers programs, but a paper drawing / sketch can also be used.

With drawing program
The majority of designer starts with sketches on paper and make the final design computer. The computer file is then sent to Induflex, where it is used for generating programs for the laser cutting. When drawing on the computer, you also have the possibility of buying relatively inexpensive finished shapes that you then can modify of your own needs. For example,
Bee-line.

With paper and pencil
The picture below shows a Christmas decoration. The design is made by hand and then scanned and redrawn on computer.


Laserskåret Havfrue Laser cut black acrylic with laser engraving.
Vektorisering Vektorisering
The principle of vectorization.
The design on the left is drawn on paper. If used for laser cutting, the drawing most be scanned and then redrawn on the computer (vectorized). This is done by placing the scanned bitmap image as a background in suitable drawing program. The lines are then redrawn in a layer above it (The red lines on the screenshot to the left; detail above).
For this task we use the program Rhinoceros, but programs like Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw can also be used. It is not particularly difficult to do, but it takes a long time. It is therefore expensive, if Induflex is hired for the task.

Good luck!
 
 
 

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