I laid down on my office floor and now i can’t get back up, so I’m typing this on my phone. I’m too tired.
Today i went to an acrylic shop that is only open 3 days a week for 4 hours each day. The train was going to be almost 2 hours because of all the weird transfers, and the weather is nice, so i decided to ride my bike, which google maps said was faster than the train.
Getting there wasn’t so bad. I got to the shop, and it turns out the owner is a second generation acrylic maker. His father started the shop and now he makes acrylic. He’s at least in his 50s, so they’ve been doing this for a while. Tons of cool acrylic, none of them were what I was looking for, but came out with a bunch of stuff i didn’t need.
The shop is set up like a record store, and the larger sizes are record sizes.
Since he makes the acrylic, they are all unique, even from piece to piece. And he likes to recycle. So, the confetti from party poppers, he uses those in his acrylic, old kimono, paint, scraps from cut acrylic, even used coffee filters and coffee grounds.
Even the scraps, they polish them and sell those too. Every part is used from the cuts (they’ve got 3 trotec speedy 300s in there).
I bought some pieces with lace, recycled obi from a kimono, and coffee grounds. The coffee grounds one looks really cool, because he added air bubbles… not sure how well it’ll cut, but I’ll try later… maybe when i get off the floor.
Going back was tough because it was so dark…and i was already tired when i got here… it’s been a few years since i rode my bike 25 miles… sometimes i don’t remember the mileage i put on this body of mine and putt around like I’m a kid, I’m past my warranty and starting to fall apart… and I’ll forget again in a few weeks…
This is why i was looking for an acrylic shop. I could not find grey acrylic online here. So i went in person to search, so i could turn this building-provided office door sign:
Into this office door sign (even though i couldn’t find the exact grey, this one worked, and it had a matte side and glossy side-matte was used):