Creating A Custom Award from Lucite

Lucite is often used to create beautiful, customized awards. This is because when using this material, the award has to be made by hand throughout the entire process. This gives companies the flexibility to highly customize their awards. The more customization an award has, the more desirable it will become.

Once the artisan has gained some experience in this area, they can customize a company’s brand or product on the award, right down to the last detail. The awards are made from a combination of Lucite and acrylic, which enables the crafter to form unique shapes, sizes and designs. The different options regarding components are another method used as they can be embedded directly into the award.
This helps to give it a one of a kind appearance. Artisans take a great deal of pride in the creation of these awards as each one allows them to showcase their knowledge and individual talents.

The History of Lucite

The DuPont company discovered Lucite in 1931, and almost immediately realized how easy of a product it was to work with. This material has even been used in the manufacturing of windows for aircrafts during World War II. This was because Lucite is not affected by water or UV rays from the sun. It was also not affected by bullets due to the properties of the material.

Finally, the weight is minimal compared to other similar products on the market. This made Lucite just right for awards, certain facets of architecture and even more. Corporate awards are exciting when they have the incredible detail Lucite provides. Technically speaking, very little knowledge is needed to understand how Lucite is made.
It is just the combination of mixing a liquid and a powder. From this point, the mixture is poured into a special mould and customized for the client.

The Awards Creation Process

Acrylic resin powder and a liquid with a very clear nature called monomer are the basic ingredients found in Lucite. When these ingredients are mixed, they combine into a thick liquid. Once they have been poured into their moulds, they start to harden somewhat. There is a layer of acrylic that is now used for imbedded objects.

After these objects are placed, the crafter will pour one more layer over the embedding, and then allow more hardening to occur. Awards with multiple layers are a lot more difficult to make. This is because achieving the proper centering after many layers have been poured is very hard to do. No two layers are exactly the same as they have been made by hand.

Once this process is completed, the awards are exposed to heat in a customized oven. This process removes any air bubbles and requires about ten hours to complete. The award is then cut and shaped according to the wishes of the client. Now any roughness is removed through sanding the award. This is also accomplished by hand. When the award is smooth, it is buffed to bring out an amazing shine. This is where the final customizations such as engravings are completed. The final assembly is now done and the award is ready for presentation to the client.