I’m just wondering. If I bought something I was told was acrylic and got a shrink plastic piece, I think I’d be a bit fed up. But some things on here labelled ‘acrylic’ look pretty much like shrink plastic…Perhaps shrink plastic is made from acrylic?
I call it acrylic… maybe I shouldn’t? I do make it clear in the item description that it’s Shrink plastic though. When I list my necklaces I can’t find a ‘plastic’ category.
Shrink plastic is a type of polystyrene whilst acrylic is is a type of polyacrylonitrile so technically no they are not the same thing from a chemist’s point of view (and presumably a material scientist’s point of view). However if there isn’t a general ‘plastic’ category I can understand why items are being miscategorised, I can also appreciate that a lot of people perhaps don’t understand that shrink plastic isn’t acrylic (having never read the packaging I don’t know what it says about its composition I looked on the manufacturer’s website). If I were making items from shrink plastic I would make sure that it was clear in the description that that is what it is made from to avoid confusion as some people are making jewellery with acrylic.
Some people are saying their acrylic items are “hand cut”. I don’t think you can cut acrylic by hand, or if you did you’d have to use a saw and it would take ages.Translucent coloured acrylic often has a lovely luminous or neon quality to it. I don’t use either material so I don’t know why I’m bothered! Though I might buy something made from acrylic, but I definitely wouldn’t buy shrink plastic. My kids used to make Flower Fairy keyrings out of it!.. So long as it’s clear in the description that something is shrink plastic, I certainly don’t have a problem with it.
I think the ‘hand cut’ bit is to differentiate between the items that are cut with a saw by hand rather than those that are laser cut which is computer controlled and much quicker. I have cut acrylic with a hand saw and its not that bad (helps if you have the right sort of saw blade!) but given that you can chop up shrink plastic with scissors (or so I understand) that would deffinately be quicker and probably require less finishing work.