- To understand the bamboo appearance, visualise a bamboo stalk that has been sectioned into strips, flattened, and pressed alongside other strips.
- A bamboo material sheet is formed with multiple layers of thin bamboo glued and pressed together with the direction of the grain alternating.
- Maximum usable area: 595mm x 295mm.
- Maximum sheet size: Approx. 600mm x 300mm.
- Thickness: 3mm, but can vary anywhere from 2.5mm up to 3.5mm.
- Finish: Natural, smooth* finish that is consistent on both sides.
Good to Know
These traits are typical of this material (and not something we consider a fault). Here we try to share with you everything we know about this material; we'd like to empower you with this information so that you may embrace it, and design within the scope of the manufacturer features.
- *The smoothness of the surface can vary and may require some hand finishing with some fine sand paper.
- Bamboo is a natural material; wood knots, differing grain colours, and varying textures are part of the natural beauty here.
- Paint fill technique (as we describe using on acrylic) isn't suitable for this material (because the tape doesn't stick as firmly to the surface, causing paint to 'bleed' out and adhere onto other areas). Paint directly over the surface instead.
- We commonly see bamboo used for earrings, however, consider that this material isn't suitable for being wet/saturated (as it could absorb the moisture, causing warping).
- The thickness of most bamboo sheets can vary as a result of the manufacturing process, so creating 3D interlocking designs that fit snug together may be challenging.
- Can be easily painted or varnished (after cutting) directly onto the surface. We've seen some stunning jewellery pieces made from bamboo laser cut in circles, then hand painted with artwork and, on occasion, varnished to give a glossy finish.
- Looks great when partnered with a bright acrylic colour; a great juxtaposition of natural vs. synthetic.
- Cuts well and leaves a clean, smooth edge line that typically shows a darkened cross-section view of the bamboo grain.
- Engraves well and can hold fine details (engraved areas typically have a slightly darkened appearance).
- Comes with a protective tape coating that will need to be peeled off.
- It is difficult to capture colour correctly; allow for slight variation from monitor to reality.