Frosted and etched glass are general terms for translucent, decorative glass that allows plenty of light to filter and diffuse through, while obscuring visibility.
Frosting is the process used to alter the glass surface from transparent to translucent in order to create a cloudy and opaque look. The processes of either sandblasting or acid-etching are used to achieve this effect.
Etching is essentially the process of decorating the glass surface in order to create a unique look. This decoration could range from lettering to designs, different patterns to some form of artwork.
Both frosted and etched glass are quite versatile and can be used in a variety of exterior and interior applications on commercial as well as residential properties. They look amazing on panels used in glass balustrades and glass fencing. Not only do the decorative glass panels add a very unique and stunning effect to these features, but also help ensure that the areas they are installed in, look expansive and bright.
How Are Frosted & Etched Glass Produced?
We provide customized solutions to our clients and it extends from the design and styling of the glass balustrade to the glass panels and hardware that is used in the features. Commercial etching is typically done in two different ways – the glass will either be sandblasted or acid-etched. The method chosen will be entirely dependent on your project and budget. However, here is some more information about these methods:
If you want a simple, clean design or even fully-frosted glass your project, commercial sandblasting could be the ideal choice for you. The sandblasting process could be carried out either manually or via the use of machines. It involves blasting sand particles at high pressure at the glass panels, which erodes them.
Since minute amounts of glass are removed from the surface in this process, it creates a very distinctive rough and translucent frosted texture. It is possible to control the intensity of the sandblasting process in order to provide varying levels of opacity.
Acid-etched glass is also sometimes referred to as ‘French embossing’ and is a very classic decorative glass technique that’s thousands of years old. Craftsman of that time discovered that when fluorite is heated, it produces a deep green mineral. Applying this mineral to the glass surfaces erodes the topmost layers, lending the glass a frosted appearance.
At that point in time this type of glass was used in decorative windows as it also provided added privacy. Decorative glass can be etched in a variety of shades in order to create a very expensive and luxurious looking material.
Modern day processes have changed the manner in which this work is handled. Today, it is possible to control the acid aging process by using masks which allow craftsmen to create intricate patterns, lettering and artwork. It is possible to customize the opacity levels as well in order to create the kind of design and appearance you want
Sandblasted Glass Or Etched Glass – Which One Should You Use?
Both of these processes lend a very distinctive look to the glass. The one you choose will be entirely dependent on the application it is to be used in and the setting. Sandblasting provides a high quality, consistent finish that is best suited for larger projects. On the other hand acid-etched glass is ideal when there is a requirement for decorative and complex designs. For instance, if you need your company logo and name featured on the glass, the etching process might be better-suited for the project.
Regardless of whether you want sandblasted or etched panels for your frameless glass balustrades, we can custom design these features for you. For any more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Quantum Frameless Glass. You can call 1300 298 898 or contact us through this online form.
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Quantum Frameless Glass Team
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