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the old freezer baggie and Goo Gone trick

acrylic in a freezer baggie with Goo Gone to soak off backing
Getting the backing paper off laser cut acrylic is a pain. Some people recommend d-limonene, a citrus-derived solvent that is the main active ingredient of Goo Gone.

Pour a little Goo Gone into a tough freezer baggie, and place your acrylic part inside. Seal it up, and lay it flat for a few minutes. After that, flip it over and let the other side soak for a few. Open the bag and fish out your work. The backing paper should just slough off. Now rinse off the acrylic with washing-up liquid/dish detergent and warm water, taking care not to scrape the surface. You should now have a perfectly clean and shiny acrylic object. The d-limonene has the pleasant side-effect of de-stinkifying the cut plastic, too.

You should be able to re-use the Goo Gone baggie many times if you’re careful. You might not be able to rinse Goo Gone down the drain where you are; please check local regulations.

(The piece is the non-broken version of this.)

le sigh …

le sigh ...

Not enough power when cutting this lovely 6mm ruby red acrylic meant I had to try to knock out the unwanted bits. The piece decided to break instead … le sigh.

The pattern (unbroken) is derived from one in my nerrrdy Bourgoin mini-zine.

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File under “because I can”

Some ideas are truly brilliant:
they resonate immediately with
all of humanity. Some ideas
are merely great: in time,
their value becomes clear
to all. Some ideas, however,
are like this one ...

All the Colours We Have (for Paul Carter)

It’s hard to believe that Paul Carter has been gone ten years. I realized that my original ZX Spectrum BASIC memorial to him had got a bit dusty, in that it ran as an outdated Java applet. So I rewrote the code, and put it here: All the Colours We Have (for Paul Carter).