Glass is both reflective and refractive of light, and these qualities can be enhanced by cutting and polishing in order to make optical lenses, prisms and fine glassware. Glass can be coloured by the addition of metallic salts, and can also be painted. These qualities have led to the extensive use of glass in the manufacturing of art objects and in particular, stained glass windows and doors. Although brittle, glass is extremely durable, and many examples of glass fragments exist from early glass-making cultures.
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Flat glass, sheet glass, glass pane, or plate glass is a type of glass, initially produced in plane form, commonly used for windows, glass doors, transparent walls, and wind shields. For modern architectural and automotive applications, the flat glass is sometimes bent after production of the plane sheet. Flat glass stands in contrast to container glass (used for bottles, jars, cups) and fibreglass (used for thermal insulation and optical communication). Most flat glass is soda-lime glass, produced by the float glass process. Other processes for making flat glass include:
- Rolling (Rolled plate glass, Figure rolled glass)
- Overflow down draw method
- Blown plate method
- Broad sheet method
- Window crown glass technique
- Cylinder blown sheet method
- Foucault process
- Machine drawn cylinder sheet method
- Plate polishing
Safety glass is glass with additional safety features that make it less likely to break, or less likely to pose a threat when broken. Common designs include toughened glass (also known as tempered glass), laminated glass, and wire mesh glass (also known as wired glass).These three approaches can easily be combined, allowing for the creation of glass that is at the same time toughened, laminated, and contains a wire mesh. However, combination of a wire mesh with other techniques is unusual, as it typically betrays their individual qualities.
Sliding Glass Doors
A sliding glass door or patio door, a type of sliding door in architecture and construction, is a large glass window opening in a structure that provide door access from a room to the outdoors, fresh air, and copious natural light. A sliding glass door is usually considered a single unit consisting of two panel sections, one being fixed and one a being mobile to slide open. Another design, a wall sized glass pocket door has one or more panels movable and sliding into wall pockets, completely disappearing for a ‘wide open’ indoor-outdoor room experience.
They are available in many different styles such as framed or frame less, sliding or swing. They are usually constructed of aluminium, clear glass, plexi-glass or tempered glass. Shower doors can come in many different hardware finishes and glass patterns that can match other bathroom hardware such as faucets and shower heads. There are also shower doors that are in a neo angle design for use on shower pans that have the neo design as well. The design of the shower pan is extremely important as the shower door must be the type required for the pan in order to work. A shower door requires plastic lining along the edges of the door to protect against water leaking out.
Safety & Security Window Film
Safety and security window films are polyester, or PET films that are applied to glass and glazing in order to hold them together if the glass is shattered (similar to laminated glass). The main difference between film and laminated glass is that these Shatter Safe films can be applied to the glass or glazing after manufacture or installation, i.e., it is a retrofit product. These films are used widely all over the world; they can be found on trains, buses, cars, and buildings. The films are adhesive coated to bond them to the glass. The better safety films are smooth-coated, because they have far superior optical clarity. Safety and security window films are designed to perform under adverse conditions. As such, standards and standard tests have been devised to ensure that these films will perform in such a situation. It is advisable for any prospective user to ensure that his or her supplier can produce certification for such codes and standards.
Sandblasting On Glass
In glass work, sandblasting can used to etch a pattern into the glass surface, creating a frosted effect. A three-dimensional design can be carved into the glass volume by using a “stage-carving” technique where some parts of an image or pattern are carved deep into the glass while others are carved shallow or only surface etched. Sandblasting can also be used to selectively etch the surface of the glass to remove iridescent coating, enamel or micas. Also, sandblasting can also be used to remove kiln wash or fibre paper that has stuck to the glass surface during fusing.
Sandblasting can be used to decorate ordinary objects, such as bowls, bottles, glasses, vases or candle holders. Artwork and lettering can be etched into glass windows for decoration or identification. Sandblasting can also used to customize awards by etching names and other information into glass or metal objects. Mirror can be etched from the back, removing the mirror coating to create interesting effects.