stencilThe first step in ordering etched glass is deciding on a pattern. If the homeowner or builder doesn't already have a design in mind, the process begins with looking at existing drawings and then having new ones created to show any desired variations.
glassAt this time, the type of glass (tempered, laminated or plate) is decided upon and also whether to have it constructed as an insulated panel. A nice feature of a thermal-pane unit is that the etched surface is inward towards the dead air space and the design is protected from paint and grease.
airbrushNext, the actual construction of the window begins. The selected drawing is reproduced into a full-scale pattern, which is transferred onto a vinyl, adhesive-backed resist. This is then hand cut to produce a single stencil. The process varies at this stage depending on the style of sandblasting to be used to achieve the etching. The most common method gives a solid frosted design with a clear background or the reverse, with the design clear and the background frosted. The latter produces privacy for entryways and bathroom windows. A much more unique method incorporates varying degrees of shading, thereby softening the design and adding texture and depth. An etched entryway can become a masterpiece of artistic beauty as well as provide the desired privacy.
tigerThere is no limit to design flexibility or style when using custom etched glass in a home. Besides highlighting windows, other applications include mirrors, cabinets, shower doors, dividers, tabletops, sliding glass doors or even car windows. Whatever the use the etching will add a personal statement of elegance and lasting beauty.