Frequently Asked Questions
Addressing myths & misconceptions about glass
What is printed glass?
We use a UV digital printing process to print our graphics onto glass. The premium quality inks are german-made UV inks that have high fade resistance and are cured using UV light during the printing process.
How can decorative glass be used on 3D surfaces such as curved structures and sculptures?
Glass can be bent or molded to various forms, from gentle curves and organic shapes to precise radiuses for cladding columns.
What are the possibilities when working with decorative glass? Can i customize more than clear and frosted panels?
The possibilities are limitless; it boils down to the imagination of the designer. Our team has been working with glass for more than 30 years now and have immense collective knowledge on the breadth of glassworking techniques available to us including cold, warm, hot, traditional and modern processes. By remaining updated on the latest technologies in glassworking, we are able to stay at the front of innovation to achieve all kinds of design and budget considerations.
There is much more to glass than it being clear or frosted; you can create endless graphics, textures and finishes using single or combined processes.
DURABILITY & PRACTICABILITY
Isn’t glass easily breakable and difficult to maintain?
Glass is by nature fragile. However there are ways to make it into a safety glass when used for interiors and facades. If safety is a primary concern, then the use of tempered glass is recommended. Laminated glass also provides safety and security because of an interlayer that prevents shattering, but is also prone to cracking.
1. Tempered Glass
2. Laminated Glass
Laminated glass is a type of safety glass that holds together when shattered. In the event of breaking, it is held in place by the interlayer known as ethylene-vinyl acetate, which is sandwiched between two layers of glass.
How will you mount glass onto a kitchen wall?
A premium construction adhesive is used to bond the glass panel onto the surface of the wall. Such adhesive is high in bonding strength and water resistant and will enable the glass to be permanently fixed onto the wall.
Isn’t creative artglass design expensive?
Art glass ranges dramatically in techniques used and complexity of design and some are more affordable than others. For example, glass blowing, kilnforming and sandcarving are glassworking techniques that require the skill of the artisan and cannot be replaced by a machine. On the other hand, advancements in technology have enabled graphics to be applied more affordably onto glass with the use of digital printing. Having all these tools at our disposal, working with glass for more than 30 years, whilst having a keen understanding of your design intent, we are able to confidently select finishes or create glass artworks at the budget you are looking at.
What is the price of glass in comparison to other materials such as acrylic? / Can I use acrylic instead of glass?
Contrary to popular belief, glass is often more affordable and durable than acrylic, especially when comparing full-sized panels of higher thicknesses. Glass is more durable in the sense that its stiff properties does not allow it to warp, while acrylic has a high potential to attract dust and is prone to scratches.