Awesome Acrylic

Magic Windows

Magic Windows

Engineer Matt Ferraro came up with an innovative method to hide images in clear acrylic. At first glance, the tile appears to be completely transparent, but when light passes through it onto a surface, an image is revealed. The technique relies on caustic patterns which cast shadows and transmit light at varying intensities.

Clear Shower XL Shower Head

Clear Shower XL Shower Head
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This unique see-through shower head produces a large coverage area using a grid of holes in an acrylic block. Each of its 276 is precision drilled to produce a satisfying circular vortex. Works with standard shower fittings in either a horizontal or vertical position. Sale price through 4.6.2021 on Touch of Modern.

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Pixel Art Plexiglass Sprites

Pixel Art Plexiglass Sprites
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Idaho artist Thunktronix makes playful pixel-art sculptures of characters from video games and pop culture. Each of the sprites is made from 1/4″-thick plexiglass which has been decorated with translucent colors on back. Robotron, Donkey Kong, and the Mooninites from Aqua Teen Hunger Force are among our favorites.

Darkboard Game Boards

Darkboard Game Boards

Darkboard offers a bold take on board game design. These eye-catching boards are made from laser-cut acrylic which sit on a backlit base. The designs create the illusion of depth and can be swapped out between Chess, Surakarta, Ludo (Parcheesi), and Nine Men’s Morris boards. Each set includes 32 acrylic chess pieces.

Mink and Maple Acrylic Bookshelf

Mink and Maple Acrylic Bookshelf
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This see-through bookshelf shows off your library rather than hiding it. It’s made from 3/8″ clear acrylic sheets and has five cubbies that keep books from falling over without the need for bookends. It’s great for showing off your collectibles, too. Measures 51.5″ w x 10.5″ h x 10″ d, and holds up to 75 lb.

Intrism Pro Marble Labyrinth

Intrism Pro Marble Labyrinth
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This intricate wooden sculpture offers a wonderful way to pass the time, first by assembling its 180+ laser-cut pieces to form its structure, then by guiding a marble through its 3D maze. In all there are over 150 obstacles to navigate inside of its acrylic cube. Includes everything you need – no tools or glue required.

Photon LED Chess Board

Photon LED Chess Board

Between the popularity of The Queen’s Gambit and quarantining, there’s no better time to improve your chess game. This chess set from Showcase Plastics has a 12″ x 12″cast acrylic board with LED lighting. It’s available in a choice a variety colors for each side of the board, and includes a set of laser-cut acrylic chess pieces.

See-through Acrylic Bass Guitar

See-through Acrylic Bass Guitar

Builder Tim Sway always wanted to create a musical instrument without using any wood in its construction. So he set about crafting a fretless bass guitar from a thick sheet of clear acrylic and aluminum. Despite some challenges along the way, the finished result looks amazing.

Shattered Glass Jigsaw Puzzle

Shattered Glass Jigsaw Puzzle
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Among their various creative pursuits, Melbourne, Australia’s Yell Design makes see-through jigsaw puzzles. This one is particularly outstanding. The Accident is made up of 215 individual pieces, each cut to look like a piece of shattered glass. Their laser-polished edges should mean no sliced fingers either.

Transparent Jigsaw Puzzles

Transparent Jigsaw Puzzles
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These see-through jigsaw puzzles are made from clear acrylic, with each piece being indistinguishable from the next, other than its shape. Simply Laser is one of several Etsy sellers making these laser-cut puzzles in four sizes, from a simple 3×3 up to a super-challenging 20×20 version.

The Black Hole Technique

The Black Hole Technique

Artists, put down your paint brushes for this one. To achieve this abstract painting technique, you’ll just need some acrylic paints, a mixing cup, and a workbench you don’t mind getting messy. Tiktus Color Art shows how a mix of pouring paints and canvas tilting can create some sweet marbled patterns.

Singularity 2

Singularity 2

It’s like, how much more black could this be… and the answer is none. None more black. This conversation piece incorporates a superblack nanotube surface to absorb virtually all light, resulting in an extremely flat, matte-finish object that looks like a gateway to nothingness, no matter what angle you view it from.

Artblox Sound Wave Blocks

Artblox Sound Wave Blocks
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Artblox can take the waveform from a musical passage, words, or any other short sound, and etch it onto a block of clear acrylic. They can be personalized with your choice of color scheme, and an optional QR code which lets you play back the recorded sound via a mobile device.

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Tabletop Spectrum Analyzer

Tabletop Spectrum Analyzer

Spectrum analyzers are a nifty way to visualize music. But maker Platinum Kit decided the displays that come with graphic equalizers were too small, so he built a jumbo version with colorful LEDs placed behind acrylic blocks. He reversed the lows and highs, but it’s still super cool.

Bent Acrylic Desk Organizers

Bent Acrylic Desk Organizers
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We love the retro/mod style of Time4Circle’s desk organizers, made from sheets of acrylic bent into an S-curve. They’re perfect for pens, pencils, smartphones, eyeglasses and more. A felt pad inside protects the acrylic from pen and pencil points. Choose from a variety of colors.

OLED Dandelion

OLED Dandelion
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One of designer Takao Inoue’s artistic goals is to capture fleeting moments and preserve them. His unique tabletop curiosity does just that, freezing a puffy dandelion about to release its seeds inside an acrylic block, illuminated in space with a smooth, OLED light source.

3D Cube Chess Set

3D Cube Chess Set
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Architect Michael Bidner and designer Elke Adam-Bidner’s unique chess set looks like something out of a modern art museum’s collection. The LED backlit board is crafted from 64 varied height cubes in alternating red and white, along with a set of minimal chess pieces.

3D Illusion Animal Lamps

3D Illusion Animal Lamps
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Artist Cyril Bagnost presents a cool take on 3D acrylic illusion lamps, with whimsical low-poly designs cut precisely to the outline of the animal. The bulldog and panther are pretty sweet, but we also dig his Jeff Koons-inspired balloon dog. Lamps are powered via USB.

Michael Jordan Acrylic Chandeliers

Michael Jordan Acrylic Chandeliers

Artist Michael Murphy created these cool hanging pieces for the Nike Store Berlin which look like Michael Jordan when viewed head on, but disintegrate into important icons of his career when viewed from the side.

Liquid Glacial Table

Liquid Glacial Table

Architect Zaha Hadid’s see-through acrylic table looks looks like a melting glacial formation with its drippy icicle legs. See it up close at London’s David Gill Galleries through 5/30/12.

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Giveaway: Blocklets

Giveaway: Blocklets

We loved these interlocking blocks the first time we saw them. Now win one of three 256-piece Blocklets kits, worth $50 each. (Contest Has Ended, Thanks for Your Entries!)

Blocklets

Blocklets

These interlocking wood and acrylic blocks can be snapped together to form just about any object you can imagine. Want some? Support the Kickstarter project, and you’ll be building sometime soon.

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