How to make printed acrylic charms?


#1

Would anyone know how to make the printed acrylic charms like the ones sold on Zaps Creative?

https://www.zapcreatives.co.uk/charms-and-pendants/custom-charms/custom-clear-acrylic-charms

If I knew how to transfer the images onto the acrylic we could use our glowforge to cut it out

Picture from Zaps Creative


#2

Most likely UV printing or dye sublimation (expensive startups…)


#3

yea …
i’m playing around with print on acetete and going to sandwhcih is between acrylic to see how tha goes


#4

You could try waterslide decal paper:

Martha


#5

awesome!!! I will try this!


#6

My acetate sheets failed, but mostly because i didn’t buy the transparency sheets ment for printers


#7

Another for the to do list


#8

How about this technique…


#9

I’ve gone to AlphaGraphics to get them to UV direct print on a sheet of clear acrylic.

I like the idea of the water slide decal paper. I’ve been looking for something like that.


#10

If you look closely at this page, you can see that they used some sort of paper that has been laser cut as well. https://www.zapcreatives.co.uk/pins-and-badges/acrylic-pins


#11

Hmm, so it was probably similar to the method I use when making buttons/bottle caps - printed using a laser colour printer (so it doesn’t smudge or run when glued), then used a waterproof coating on the back (resin or E6000 glue), and then a back applied.

I still have seen some UV printed with a layer of white on top (bottom when viewed through the clear acrylic) of the whole design to make it opaque. And while more expensive, that’s my preferred method.


#12

I’m confused. What did you print on? And with what?


#13

HP Color Laser on plain paper that I seal with waterproofing - either resin or waterproof glue.

The UV printer is an expensive piece of equipment that I go to a printing company for. I give them the acrylic and they use special inks to print directly upon in CMYK+W(hite)+Clear coat.