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Frosted Acrylic (or any rigid type, besides glass) Tube or Piping in the USA ? Must be affordable.

Crew 568 434 January 8, 2016 at 09:41 AM
I started making a lightsaber lamp, and I'm happy with the process and overall functionality, but not with the clear acrylic tube that I bought. I originally filled it with GITD mod-podge, but it dried clear and isn't any any use now.

Not nearly enough light diffusion, and I can't seem to track down even a thin-walled white rigid tube in the USA. Only options I've found are overseas, oversized, or otherwise expensive, and the minimums are silly.

Anyone know where I could find this? You'd think it would be easy enough to find a 1.25" OD tube that's frosted for many different lighting applications, but no luck.

Thanks!

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#2
wrap the tube in clear matt contact paper?

use other frosting adhesives?

take sand paper to the tube and if you scuff/scratch enough to diffuse the light
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Quote from jaqnabox View Post :
wrap the tube in clear matt contact paper?

use other frosting adhesives?

take sand paper to the tube and if you scuff/scratch enough to diffuse the light
I have considered those options, but would really prefer to have a smooth outer layer and no seams.

Sand paper would be the best manual way, but way too labor intensive if I end up making more. If it's the only option, I'll probably go that route.
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sandpaper between coat hangars stuck in a drill pulled through the inside is too labor intensive
Confused
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put some rock and sand in the tube. cap it and shake it up.
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Appreciate your guys' help!

Ended up finding websites that sell white plastic saber blades instead. Thanks!
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