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Old January 21st, 2015, 06:30 PM
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Default Bending Acrylic Rod - How???

I'm working on a project for one of the ladies at work (she want's it for her husband) and I want mounted it to a base with 1/2" acrylic rod coming out of the afterburners.

So, the question is, what's the best way to bend the rod? I don't want to do it over an open flame because I don't want to take the risk of "blackening" the rod, is there any other way?

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Old January 21st, 2015, 07:05 PM
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Hi,
Try immersing the clear acrylic rod in boiling water until it softens enough for you to bend to the desirable shape. I know several excellent modelers who use this method and they achieve desirable results.

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Old January 21st, 2015, 07:28 PM
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I've used a heat gun from some distance away. It worked really well, but you have to be careful not to get it too hot - as soon as you see it bend at all, remove the heat.
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Old January 21st, 2015, 07:44 PM
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heat it over an electric cooking burner. The Dollar General stores have a single one for $12. dipping in hot water is hard to control where you want to bend it.

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Old January 21st, 2015, 08:14 PM
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Awesome info guys, thanks a million.

I'm going to try the heating it over the electric burner (have an electric stove) and try that one first.

Hopefully I can pull this off, will let you know how it goes when I do it.

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Old January 21st, 2015, 09:39 PM
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Gerry, I use a small craft heat gun (stole it from the wife!) used for embossing. I think she got it at "Michael's" or something.

I generally find something around the house with the radius I'm wanting, heat the rod and then bend by hand (I wear and old pair of Nomex flight gloves) and cool under running water.

You should be able to get the same results with the electric stove but a heat gun allows you to better control the heat application.
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Old January 21st, 2015, 10:00 PM
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Gerry, I use a small craft heat gun (stole it from the wife!) used for embossing. I think she got it at "Michael's" or something.

I generally find something around the house with the radius I'm wanting, heat the rod and then bend by hand (I wear and old pair of Nomex flight gloves) and cool under running water.

You should be able to get the same results with the electric stove but a heat gun allows you to better control the heat application.
Whitey, thanks!!

My wife has one of those embossing heat guns also, I just "borrowed" it from her and will try that first.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 05:44 PM
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I heated it in the oven at a low temp, then removed it and bent it
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 09:45 PM
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Happy to report that the embossing gun (craft heat gun) worked perfectly and only took a few minutes each.

Thanks all for the info, great appreciate the help.
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