Custom Glass Signs

November 15th, 2011
Glass Sign

Carving and painting on both sides of the glass sign creates dimension

Custom glass signs are one of the most versatile products that Classic Glass has to offer. Glass can be fabricated to just about any kind of shape, size and hole specification. In addition, several treatment options including etching, carving, painting and even cast glass are available. There are many ways to reproduce your logo or message onto glass and our artisans are happy to make recommendations based on the intent and function of the space.

Etched Glass and Painted Glass

Etching and Painting is both aesthetic and functional in purpose

The custom glass sign for Story Partners (above) is a great example of using an etched treatment to serve a specific function. Because of the logo’s grey type, and to maintain the overall clarity against the stone wall; Classic Glass recommended that the back of the sign be surface etched and the logo painted on the front surface. The effect diffuses a small area of the stone wall and allows the logo to be viewed without distractions. This ultimately gives Story Partner’s glass sign greater impact.

Carved Glass for Donor Wall

Glass donor walls can be updated with additional names

Glass donor walls are typically used in two ways; to recognize the financial contributions of an individual or group, or to memorialize an individual after he/she has passed. Classic Glass produces this type of signage for organization’s like the Georgetown Chimes (above) The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Temple Beth Ami to name a few. When it’s time to update a name(s) Classic Glass will pick the sign up, fabricate the new content and then re-install the sign until the next update is needed. Attractive glass signage could not be any easier!

Curved Leaded Glass Panels – Virginia

November 4th, 2011
Leaded Glass Panels

Curved leaded glass panels for the Halstead Square lobby, Tysons Corner VA.

A recent leaded glass installation by Classic Glass, Inc. posed an interesting challenge for resident stained glass artist Rudi Waros and designer Jacob Robison. Although the client sought a design that was rather simple; the leaded glass panels for the luxurious Virginia apartment lobby needed to wrap around a curved opening. For visual continuity, it was determined that the design of the sidelight panels needed to align and match the size of the diamonds running across the curved middle panels.

Curved Leaded Glass Panels

Leaded glass panel wrapping around a curved opening

Adding to the challenge was the overall size of these decorative glass panels. The sidelights of the interior wall measured 24″ wide x 124″ tall with the curved section measuring 120″ wide x 20″ tall. In addition to the curved leaded glass panels, Classic Glass also built two flat sidelights and a flat transom to match the same design for the lobby’s entrance. (pictured below)

Curved Leaded Glass Window

Clear leaded glass can be flat or curved

Upon completion of a field measurement, decorative glass artist Rudi Waros constructed a wooden template to match the curve of the existing opening. The contour of the template resembled that of a “half-pipe” allowing Rudi to tightly construct the leaded glass panel to fit exactly when installed. The individual glass pieces are flat, not curved, but when divided into narrow sections (such as this design) can be constructed to precisely follow the contour of a curve.

Wooden template for curved leaded glass

Glass artist Rudi Waros constructs a wooden template for the leaded glass

Installation day is always a little nerve racking no matter how routine the job may be – weeks and months of planning and execution all culminate on that day. With over 30 years of experience, Classic Glass’ skilled glass artisans completed this installation with precision and professionalism. The curved glass panels fit perfectly into the opening and our client at Halstead Square could not have been happier.

Decorative Glass

Decorative glass panels for "The Rockwell" at Halstead Square

Stained Glass Windows Washington DC

October 13th, 2011

Decorative glass artisan Rudi Waros recently completed a beautiful stained glass window at St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Northwest, Washington, DC. Founded in 1712, the congregation is the oldest religious institution within the boundaries of the present-day District of Columbia.

Stained Glass Window By Rudi Waros

Custom Stained Glass Window Designed by Rudi Waros

Rudi designed this window to have an “old world” feel that compliments several existing stained glass panels throughout the church. Hand selected sheets of Youghiogheny cathedral glass were used to create this 40″ diameter stained glass window. Each sheet of glass has its own unique character and it’s the glass artists job to select the most appropriate glass for a given project. Rudi selected the gradient qualities of the orange to bright yellow areas to highlight the inherent functionality of the glass. The result draws the viewers eye around the window’s design and creates a visual interest that is very pleasing. The other green/teal and red areas utilize the glass’ natural depth of color and unique sparkle; the interaction between light and glass is truly intriguing, almost as if the window is alive! For the center section of the stained glass window Rudi used Bullseye clear iridized glass. He hand painted the cross and then fired the glass in a kiln to achieve the desired look. This effect creates an attractive contrast that pulls the viewers eye to the center of the stained glass panel.

Stained Glass Detail

Detail of the hand painted center section

Classic Glass has relocated

October 13th, 2010

As of September 1, 2010 Classic Glass, Inc. has moved its decorative glass fabrication facility to Bladensburg, Maryland. All commercial glass deliveries should be taken to this new location.

Classic Glass will also maintain a decorative glass showroom in Alexandria, VA. Please note that clients will need to schedule an appointment to meet at the new showroom location.

Please note our new contact information:


3800 Kenilworth Avenue
Bladensburg, MD 20710

By Appointment Only
2350 Duke Street – Suite D
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone 240.582.3001 Fax 240.582.3003 •

We appreciate your continued support and patience while we settle in to our new facilities.

Karen Elkin

Back Painted Glass

June 23rd, 2010

Back Painted Glass Wall

Classic Glass specializes in creating high quality back painted glass products for commercial and residential applications. Popular uses for colored glass surfaces include: Backpainted Kitchen Backsplashes, Painted Glass Walls and Glass Countertops. It is recommended that all backpainted glass be produced on low iron glass to reduce color distortion and ensure accurate tinting. Furthermore, our skilled artisans can color match backpainted glass to Pantone, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams swatches with striking accuracy. Classic Glass can also create glass samples specific to your color requirements ensuring accuracy and overall satisfaction of the finished product.

Custom options such as edge-work, cut-outs, odd-shapes and various thickness’ are available to meet your projects unique needs. If necessary, back painted glass can also be tempered or laminated to satisfy safety requirements. Back painted glass backsplashes offer an easy to maintain sophisticated appearance that will last for years. Are you searching for that special something to tie everything in your space together? Back painted glass just might be the answer!

For more information about custom back painted glass please contact a Classic Glass representative.