There are a number of abrasive techniques that can be performed to create art on the surface of an existing piece of glass, whether it be plain plate glass or our custom slumped or cast glass. Sandblasted and etched glass can add beauty and privacy to any setting, using pre-cut masks that can produce intricately detailed figures and patterns, and glass carving can be done for deeper effects.
Sandblasting or etching removes minute amounts of glass, causing the characteristic textured surface and translucent quality of frosted glass. During the process high-pressure air is mixed with an abrasive material, and shot under control. This cuts away at the glass surface to create the desired effect. The longer the streams of air and abrasive material are focused in one spot, the deeper the cut, creating an endless number of visual effects.
Sandblasting and etching is available in several styles:
- 2-tone surface etch
- 2-tone reverse surface etch
- detail shading
- deep carving/stage blasting
Two common applications for sandblasted or etched glass are shower stalls and commercial door and windows. When designing custom shower stalls, any level of privacy desired can be incorporated into the design.
In commercial applications we are often given logos or other artwork to incorporate into the design. This is a fantastic way to promote the business and/or enhance the atmosphere. The durabilty of glass means that the investiment made will be a long lasting one when compared to many other types of signage and decor.
Sandblasted or etched glass is also an excellent choice in sidelites, entryways, porthole windows, on exterior gates, on railings or balustrades, or for any other applicatons where plain glass just isn't good enough.