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What is acetate

What is acetate

What is acetate

We are often asked at shows what the glasses are made of that we sell. Well it depends on the procuct. Some are made of polycarbonate plastic and some are made from acetate. So what is actetate and how does it differ from polycarbonate. A good way of illustrating this is to look at how acetate in Italy is prepared. In Northern Italy they produce Mazzuchelli acetate. It is a plant based bio degradeable cellulose usually produced from cotton. It takes 9 weeks to prepare. It is produced in a workshop as opposed to a factory. The patternation in the sheets are produced by colour organic powders mixed with the cellulose and then applied through rollers. The sheets are then cut and are hung for many weeks to allow the solvent from the sheets to evaporate. The sheets are then forwarded to the designers to prepare the glasses. Have a look at our Apro range which are all handmade from Mazzuchelli acetate. Each peice is individual and you can see the differing patterns in the De Legibus where the acetate has been blended to produce the individual pattern.

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