Lucite is an acrylic plastic which is commonly used for embedding objects, usually when making for artwork, jewelry or displays. Lucite is relatively easy to work with and lets you create beautiful looking pieces at home. Lucite is produced by mixing an acrylic resin powder with a clear liquid called monomer. When combined, in the proper proportions, they form a thick see-through liquid. This liquid can then be used to embed your object in plastic.
Things You'll Need
- Lucite acrylic resin powder
- Mixing cup or bowl
- Mold release spray
- Rubber gloves
- Mixing stick
- Object to be embedded
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Prepare an adequate amount of Lucite to fill approximately half of your mold be mixing Lucite acrylic resin powder and monomer in your mixing cup. You should be wearing your rubber gloves and use the mixing stick. Mix the two ingredients until the liquid is thick and opaque.
Spay the interior of your mold with mold release spray and carefully pour in the liquid plastic. Allow it to partially harden.
Place your object onto the top of the Lucite, since it is not completely hardened you will to able to partially press your object into the base layer of plastic. Take care not to damage your object.
Thoroughly clean your mixing cup making sure there are no water droplets inside, since water droplets can form unsightly bubbles in the plastic. Prepare more Lucite and pour over your object to the top of your mold.
Allow the plastic to dry and remove from the mold.