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Topic: Looking for Heavy Clear Cellophane Sheet
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (May 19, 2011 06:39AM)
I am trying to find some clear cellophane, about the weight of what you find on boxes that dolls, etc., are packaged in. Does cellophane come in "weight", or "gauge", or something similar?
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (May 19, 2011 06:53AM)
Look under packaging materials. You might also try a draftsman or printers supply and ask for drawing acetate.

Richard
Message: Posted by: illusiontech (May 19, 2011 08:47AM)
If you want something thicker, most fabric stores have table cover on a roll they cut off of, that's clear.

Vinny
Message: Posted by: aussiemagik (May 19, 2011 10:34AM)
I had to buy some transparency film about a year ago, to use for dry erase marker. I found a 15 foot roll, about 4 ft wide, at Hobby Lobby. I went there because Michael's didn't have it. I couldn't find it online because I forget what it's called, but I remember it was in the drawing section of the store.

Hope this helps,
Chris
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (May 19, 2011 10:39AM)
http://www.dickblick.com/categories/acetate/
Message: Posted by: Thomas Wayne (May 19, 2011 10:44AM)
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On 2011-05-19 07:39, ClintonMagus wrote:
I am trying to find some clear cellophane, about the weight of what you find on boxes that dolls, etc., are packaged in. Does cellophane come in "weight", or "gauge", or something similar?
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The typical packaging plastic you're referring to is actually a [i]heat-shrink[/i] product. When that doll was first encased in plastic, the bag was well over-sized for the product. After being sealed the entire bag & contents went through a heat tunnel, causing the plastic bag to shrink tightly around the doll/display box.

Heat-shrink plastic can be purchased in may forms, and of varying thickness. If your project is a small one you might want to simply buy a window-sealing kit from your local home improvement box store. To get the full "cellophane" effect, fasten the film over some sort of frame with double-sided tape - as if it was a window - and shrink it with a hair dryer. Once it cools, cut it free and proceed from there.

Read this for more info: http://www.realtor.com/home-garden/do-it-yourself/windows/installing-heat-shrink-wrapping-over-window.aspx

TW
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (May 19, 2011 03:27PM)
Thomas,

The material I am looking for is not heat shrink, but the stiff acetate/cellophane that is in "window-type" packages, sort of like this:

[img]http://cdnimg.webstaurantstore.com/24512125wb_xlg.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: hugmagic (May 19, 2011 07:54PM)
I think the drafting acetate would work. There are different gauges of it.

Richard
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (May 19, 2011 08:56PM)
I'll look at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and my local drafting supply. I'll just have to experiment with the thickness, I guess.
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (May 20, 2011 10:51PM)
You can get transparencies for overhead projectors at Staples and anywhere overhead projectors are sold.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (May 20, 2011 11:40PM)
Lectraset and Grafix, the rub on lettering companies also sell clear sheeting. That is what it is used for, designing packaging for protype marketing. I bet their sheeting will work if you do not need a large area.

Clinton, did you go to the site Michael Baker referenced? Watch the video on that page, it gives a ton of information, and you may find answers to your question. I learned a lot about plastic films from watching it.
Message: Posted by: John Breeds (May 22, 2011 05:40PM)
Clinton

From your picture the material is Tyvek. It comes in all sorts of weights, and is easily printable. The very thin Tyvek paper is what was used for the "Non-Tear" gag.

Here's a link to the stuff you need:

http://www.materialconcepts.com/products/tyvek/

You can get FREE samples of Tyvek from:

http://www2.dupont.com/Tyvek_Envelopes/en_US/sales_support/na/sales_na.html

John
Message: Posted by: AGMagic (May 23, 2011 12:43PM)
Tap Plastics (tapplastics.com) has .002 thick 24" X 10' clear Mylar for less than $20.00