What is Glass Etching

Sandblasting is a generic term for the process of smoothing, shaping and cleaning a hard surface by forcing solid particles across that surface at high speeds; the effect is similar to that of using sandpaper, but provides a more even finish with no problems at corners or crannies. Sandblasting occurs by using compressed air. Historically, the material used for artificial sandblasting was sand that had been sieved to a uniform size. Other materials for sandblasting have been developed to be used instead of sand for specific applications and produce distinct surface finishes. The modern technology allows our artists to achieve a variety of effects, from light frosting to deep etching, creating complicated 3-D images on the glass surface.

 

The term Stained Glass refers either to the material of colored glass or to the art and craft of working with it. As a material the term generally refers to glass that has been colored by adding metallic salts during its manufacture. Painted details and yellow stain are often used to enhance the design. The term is also applied to windows in which a the colors have been painted onto the glass and then annealed in a furnace. Stained glass, as an art and a craft, requires the artistic skill to conceive the design, and the engineering skills necessary to assemble the decorative piece, traditionally a window, so that it is capable of supporting its own weight and surviving the elements. Although usually set into windows, the purpose of stained glass is not to allow those within a building to see out or even primarily to admit light but rather to control it. For this reason stained glass windows have been described as "illuminated wall decorations".

 

Glue chip is a great texture we can create on the surface of a piece of glass. It is called "glue chippe glass" because the surface of the glass is chipped by the controlled action of a particular type of hide glue. The texture looks like ice crystals on glass in winter and is used as a striking decorative effect as well as to block the view through a piece of glass without blocking out light. Our artists can create it over the whole surface or in selected areas as part of a design. It looks great in combination with other techniques, such as etching and etc.