Soft Acrylic vs. Hard Acrylic Christmas Figures
WWhether you entirely replace your Christmas décor every year or slowly add to the collection year-on-year, choosing your favourite Christmas figure is a fun event. With White Stores’ brand-new range of soft acrylic figures launching this season, we look at why this new material is tipped to be more popular than the standard hard acrylic items.
Working closely with our in-house designers, our manufacturers and our buying team, White Stores is keen to introduce the new innovative design of soft acrylic which is an industry first for the Christmas market. This specially designed formula is set to create waves in the industry and make a huge difference for consumers.
What is the difference between hard acrylic and soft acrylic?
When looking at these two items side by side, it is possible that you would never know the difference as they look practically identical. However, the difference comes when you touch the items. To discover the difference, first we need to delve into how both items are made.
How is an acrylic figure made?
For spun acrylic figures – which is what both soft and hard acrylic are used for – the process is simple, you make your frame out of wire or metal into the shape of the character, i.e. a reindeer, and then the acrylic is drizzled over the top, setting within a few minutes to create that spun acrylic look.
This can create an uneven pattern which creates a truly unique look for each figure but can lead to some thicker and some thinner acrylic webs. And here lies the main difference between soft and hard acrylic. The standard hard acrylic design is very brittle, and these thinner fragments can snap easily if you touch the figure, pick it up to move it, or it gets knocked around in transit.
Whereas White Stores’ soft acrylic design is a more elasticated construct and is much more pliable, meaning that these thinner areas are not likely to snap and the figure can then be moved around with ease.
Why is this important?
This non-snapping, more pliable design is vital for the lifespan of your Christmas character. This is because, whilst the snapping areas of hard acrylic designs are not detrimental to the way your figure works, it can have a huge impact on how your figure looks. Understandably, no customer wants to see snapped acrylic, whether it affects the use of the product or not. So, with this soft-acrylic design you are likely to get much more use out of your sweet snowman or perfect penguin figure as it will retain its appearance for years to come.
How to tell the difference?
You can tell the difference between these products when you touch them, the hard acrylic will feel hard and snap easily, whereas the soft acrylic will feel bendy and elasticated. If you are shopping online and unable to feel these in person, the soft-acrylic items will be clearly labelled on the White Stores website, allowing you to shop with confidence.
If you would like to view our Christmas collection, we have a limited collection available to view in our Windlesham showroom.