There is always some flex and of course the thinner, the more flex. Thicker sticks, spirals and fork prongs have very little to no flex while thinner ones will. And they can be flexed quite a bit. Lavas are softer too (a different type of acrylic) so they have a little more flex than acetates but they both flex quite a bit the thinner they are. I’ve only had one stick snap while sanding it, it looked like there had been a tiny void or internal bubble at the breakage site.
For inserting, I either hold the prongs or put a finger in between them to keep them straighter because I wear super thin ones myself.
For breakage, it takes extremes to break them, like pulling them apart like a wish bone. I had someone test a lava this way and she never got hers to break. I have actually had more break by dropping them while making them, by chipping or just snapping off, but I am pretty sure because there was a bubble or flaw there to begin with. so yes they can break but it takes extreme pressure or an internal flaw. I have only had two break on me getting caught on some equipment and one by dropping over two to three years so the ratio is very low.
Please read our blog article on how to remedy and prevent the problem prong.
Our process is our own, we do not use micro polishers like other acrylic stick makers. If the fingers don't reach or fit,....it won't be a polished. sanded yes, polished no. Please refer to our Refund Policies and Disclaimers
Every piece is hand cut individually. We do not own a cnc, do not stack cutting (cutting several layers at a time), or have any laser guides.
Slices cut from blocks can vary from piece to piece.
Most times the rough pattern is hand drawn on the slice then cut out, and shaped from there. Many times I change my mind mid cut and do not even follow the pattern. There are many creative differences so all the dimensions are noted on each listing. You can specify what you would like but there will always be a plus or minus.