|There are several ways to etch glass.
The glass to be sandblasted is first covered with a paper resist. The
design is transferred to this and cut with an exacto blade. The areas to
be sandblasted are removed, and the clear areas remain masked.
Designs and techniques vary according to the needs of the client,
such as privacy or lighting, and, of course, cost.
|1. Frosted glass
is the easiest to do.
The design is surface etched evenly, leaving a clear outline and
background. Alternatively, the design is left
clear and the background is frosted.
2. Shaded glass is more complex,
gives more dimension to the design, and takes more time to complete.
The masking is removed a piece at a time. Each area is blasted
carefully, lightly in some areas, and heavier in others.
3. Carved glass is the most time
consuming, removes the most glass in the process, and gives a more three
dimensional appearance to the design. Thicker glass is used, from
1/4 inch up to an inch or more (such as glass table tops). Tempered
glass cannot be carved without the risk of it crumbling into pieces.
Glass can be carved and then tempered afterwards. Glass and
mirrors lit from the sides will give a beautiful glow to the carved
areas. Thicker glass may also exhibit a slightly greenish
4. Mixing the techniques gives the most
dimension to the design.
These 24" Carved disks can be special
ordered to be used as table tops or hanging in windows.
John Anderson etched glass, carved glass, stained glass, leaded and beveled glass
serves the south lake tahoe, north lake tahoe, truckee, nevada, reno, incline village, carson city valley
and sacramento, california regions.