Decorative Glass Studio
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Back Painted Glass Backpainted glass is ideal for walls, table tops or back-splashes

Stained Glass Custom stained glass panels are an elegant way to liven up an interior space

Glass Signs Architectural glass signage can be carved, etched and painted

Frequently Asked Questions

What is etched glass?
Etching (sandblasted or the more traditional acid etch) is a technique that permanently applies designs or graphics to glass and mirror. It will not chip, peel or wear over time.

How can etched glass be used?
Etched glass is used to assist an architect or designer in enhancing an environment. Popular applications for etched glass include: Glass Shower Doors, Architectural Signage, Decorative Glass Doors, Windows and Privacy Screens.

For more information: Decorative Glass Services

What are the differences between etched, sandblasted, frosted, and carved glass?
Etched glass is the use of an abrasive to alter the surface of a material. Carved glass is a deep etching technique for achieving depth. Frosted glass refers to etched glass that usually covers a large area. Sandblasted glass is one method to achieve all of the above.

Can tempered glass be sandblasted?
Yes, but it is not suitable for carving. However, laminated glass can be carved and meets the same ANSI code specifications for safety.

What other kinds of surfaces can be etched or carved?
Virtually any type of glass as well as mirror, plexiglass, stone and most metals.

How can etched glass be cleaned?
Any commercial cleaner that you would normally use on glass surfaces is fine. We recommend hot water mixed with ammonia and a stiff bristle brush for stubborn stains. Classic Glass offers ClearShield™ coating on all etched glass products. When applied Clear-Shield will resist fingerprints and most stains.

For more information: ClearShield™ Glass Protection

Can glass be etched on site?
Yes, but special conditions and preparation are required for on-site sandblasting. A site visit is required to determine feasibility.

Can I provide my own design?
Yes. We accept most vector or CAD file types including .AI .EPS and .DXF. We can also reproduce your design if a vector file is not available. Corporate logos, Seals and other identity devices are commonly provided and can be used in a variety of etched, carved and painted applications.

What is Laminated Glass?
Laminated glass is a process by which two or more pieces of glass are bonded together using resins specifically designed for this purpose. Laminated glass is available in a variety of colors, textures, opacities and thicknesses. Our Laminated glass complies with ANSI safety standards insuring that the glass will hold together when shattered. Laminated glass will often be specified where soundproofing is required.

What is Backpainted Glass?
Backpainted glass is a process by which paint is applied to the back of the glass. Backpainted glass will typically be used for wall coverings, countertops and backsplashes. Our Backpainted glass is incredibly easy to maintain and provides a sophisticated solution for interior and exterior applications.

What is Cast Glass?
Cast glass is created by firing glass in a kiln transforming it into a textured glass panel. Our cast glass is made from recycled glass and is fired on a specially prepared dry plaster mold. Cast glass can be tempered, holes drilled for hinges/hardware and even polished making it suitable for interior or exterior architectural applications.

What is the difference between Stained and Leaded glass?
These terms can be misleading. Stained glass traditionally referred to applying paints or enamels to then be fired into the glass to achieve color. However any panel using colored glass is usually referred to as stained. Leaded glass typically refers to clear textured or beveled glass products. Both terms are generally used to describe individual pieces of glass that are held together by a metal framework.

Can Classic Glass repair my Stained/Leaded glass?
Yes. Whether replacing damaged stained glass in a leaded window or reproducing an original, our skilled designers and artisans can repair your stained or leaded glass. In some cases repairs can be performed on site. However, extensive restorations may require removal of the panel for repair in our studio.

Who are Classic Glass clients?
Architects, designers, contractors and private individuals. We are happy to develop new products in response to your specific needs. Please see our client list for references.

How can I get samples or an estimate?
Call, fax, or email us your requirements for a prompt and reasonable quote. Samples are available for loan or purchase.

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