In recent years transparent mediums and especially glass stairs  became a trendy commodity and many leading designers approaching manufacturers to find new places to utilize this specialty product.

Glass Stairs
Glass Stairs Round Structure

Our team sees increasing interest in using spiral stairs in new award winning installations and projects. The most fascinating space in the modern glass stairs production are balustrades and flooring.

Glass Stairs
Glass Stairs Spiral Design

Glass stairs have advantage in maintenance as they require simple cleaning and various supplies can be used without concern of damaging the design. Our company will help understand your vision and facilitate with the best practical solution. Palace of Glass will help you create consistent look in your interior by creating custom and unique glass staircases and railings.

 

 

Safety concerns when ordering

When ordering products please consider safety issues: surface needs to meet safety standards and, in the case of flooring, needs to be laminated. For some cases double lamination is sufficient; however it is recommended to laminate at least 3 layers for stairs and flooring. Each section needs to be tempered as well.

Glass panel stairs are also a great development in the industry where each step is laminated and provide structural support and needed safety for application. Our craftsman laminate up to five layers of glass designing the thickness and look per your requirements.

Laminated Glass Stairs
Laminated Glass Stairs

Another concern is the slippery factor. As we all understand smooth surfaces might become extremely dangerous if slipped on. Spilled liquids are not always visible and can create potential hazard and danger.

If the client chooses some pattern to be visible on the steps or railing around, our artisans will carve and texture the very bottom layer of the step, thus keeping it not exposed to stepping, but at the same time creating visual impression.

Glass Railing
Glass Railing Clear Design

As transparent medium allows to see through the layers of lamination, carving and texturing done for visual reasons is better saved on the bottom section of the step unit.

 

From design concept to execution by a manufacturer

Glass Stairs and Railings
Glass Stairs and Railings

While the idea of glass for stairs existed for a long time and some applications were there in the industry before, it is the new styles of stair treads that are etched or carved on smooth surface that make the use of this product practical rather than an awkward design solution.

Glass Stairs Surface
Glass Stairs Surface Clear Design

Our design team will advise on design patterns that can be applied to the surface. Client can choose subtle lines carved on the edge of the unit or they can become some etched patterns incorporated in the concept of the product.

 

 

 

One stop solution for stairs and railings

Our craftsman offer variety of solution in regards to glass stairs design and railings. Our team offers ideas that will make your stairs transparent or with some etching. If client wants to get creative, we will carve and paint patterns, turning your flooring into art presentation.

All Designer Wall Panelour designer products are custom produced on order and can be adjusted as needed; sizes and colors specified, cut per templates provided, create holes and cutouts if needed.

 


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Seeing a glass table in the environment is not a fascination anymore like it has been just a century ago. In the several decades design industry has seen rapid expansion with many new products arriving to our homes and professional interiors.

Carved Glass Table Top
Carved Glass Table Top

One other such application that we have seen recently expand from random design explorers into a category on it own is custom glass table tops. Tables and flat surfaces are such an important functional element of any environment and making it out of transparent medium can serve several purposes at the same time.

What to expect when ordering table top glass?

In recent years our designers have seen increase in demand for surfaces where the tabletop would feature a particular pattern or design on it’s surface. Design is then carved and painted from the bottom side, making the top smooth and polished.

Custom Design Glass Tabletop
Custom Design Glass Tabletop

 

Cleaning and maintenance

Contemporary glass dining table give you an advantage of easy cleaning. The dirt is easily seen and can be removed by applying cleaning materials without damaging the panel. Make sure the top surface has no designs on it and all patterns are applied from the bottom side.

Designer Glass Table Insert
Designer Glass Table Insert

Since with transparent medium it really make no difference from which side to look at the pattern, you not losing anything on presentation, carving on the bottom side of the table comes through very naturally from the smooth top side.

Please be considerate of elements around it,

If you are planning on using it for family gathering with a lot of toddlers that might be banging their

Outdoor Glass table
Outdoor Glass table

spoons on the table top you might end up with some dents on it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important consideration is scratching the surface of the top. Many manufacturers can provide invisible finish for decorative products that will give surface some protection, still nothing will prevent it from getting scratched if come in contact with some metal objects.

Carved glass table
Carved glass Designer tabletop

 

Slumped Glass edge
Slumped Glass edge

Another production option is the cast or slumped countertops. In that option production is done from one slab melted over a casted mold for texturing. It usually has more rustic design and sometimes rougher polished edges.

 

Another popular style often used for tables and countertops is “cracked ice” glass. It is done by laminating three layers of glass together and then cracking or ‘icing’ the middle panel. Naturally tempered glass shatters into many segments, but the lamination resin and the other two panels are holding it all together as one unit, fit for interior design and practical use. See some images of the cracked ice designs:

Cracked Ice Table Edge
Cracked Ice Table Edge
Cracked Ice Countertop
Cracked Ice Countertop
Cracked Ice Color Swatches
Cracked Ice Color Swatches

 

Things to know when ordering glass for table tops

When ordering glass tops for tables it is important to consider several points:

  – the overall size and shape: it can be any shape you need it, round, oval or triangular. Below is a quick reference for several options for creating custom glass tables.

Custom Glass Table shapes
Custom Glass Table shapes

– the thickness. Interior designers are often tend to get thicker tables, going up to 1” thickness. It is  not recommended to making glass table that is less than ½” thick. Below is the most commonly used standards for glass thickness.

– Beveled edges: the sides of the table will be visible and therefore it is important that you select the style of finishing for the edge, that will fit your need and style.

Types of Glass edges for tables
Types of Glass edges for tables

 

Please visit our FAQ for visual help on selecting the right beveling and edges for you. Here is a quick visual reference for the types of glass table edges that exist, contact to confirm availability of particular style per selected design when ordering with Palace of Glass.

– Safety: please make sure that the investment you are making will meet the safety standards and be either tempered or laminated.

 

Custom Glass Cabinet Doors
Custom Glass Cabinet Doors

It is often seen that for production of Glass for table tops clear prefabricated flat glass sheet is cut and turned into a kitchen countertop or as cabinet glass doors.

 

 

 

 

Glass Paneling
Glass Paneling

Glass paneling has unique qualities that can enhance and beautify any interior if tastefully combined with glass tables and other surfaces, magic of this medium is that it has special ability to perform function but remain somewhat invisible and not obstruct space or vision.

Among the latest trends we can name transparent wall structures, stairs, and railings. Even transparent ceilings became an architectural solution for many innovative projects.

Our design team will be happy to look into your next architectural project that might require glass paneling or countertops and will advise you on the best solution in the industry. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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Drawing from the tradition of glass-makers

 Stained glass has a history that spans more than a thousand years. In this article we reflects on the history of this product. Like most art forms, stained glass require particular pattern to arrive at its artistic form. Having potency to reflect and change light, art glass quickly became understood as the important mood and ambience tool. Many historians attribute revival of European cultures with the use of colored glass for the spiritual gatherings.

Around 1450’s new stain called Cousin’s rose was implemented to create flesh tones. From 1600s onwards, many glass designs were utilizing stains that were made from crushed particles. In the 1700s, stained glass evolved from cutting glass pieces to directly painting on the panels that were like tiles. Special  paints containing Arabic gum, crushed glass, and copper filings mixed with vinegar and wine are used to color the surfaces. With time newer stains got introduced. For instance, yellow hue would be produced from silver nitrate. It would be first turned into a paint and then fired. Our approach is to combine carving by sandblasting deeply into the glass and then applying design and coloring over the created outlines in the texture. Artisans find that as the best way to create design so dimensional and textured. All designs are handcrafted  and customizable to sizes as needed.

Stained Glass Wall
Stained Glass Wall

Glass sketches and  design layouts.

Starting with the initial phase of creative process exact dimensions are required. Sometimes, when the opening is odd shaped it is better to create a template out of paper or wood. Next, a pattern or design concept is decided upon. Before moving into production a black and white outlined sketch is offered to the homeowner. Small sample can be manufactured to combine the textures together and verify the appearance of the finished window, mural, partition, or stained glass front door.

Some company will provide you a pre-production sketch for all the design layouts before sending it for production.

Stained Glass Sketch
Stained Glass Pre Production Sketch

Traditional designs might include narrative or depict a story. A figurative stained glass wall art may depict saints and other religious figures. Often mottoes and scriptural texts are also included. Contemporary designs are quite different and include lots of themes and patterns from world culture.

For generations craftsman around the world mastered the science of working with glass. The craft of staining was very complicated. For each opening a detailed preview sketch was drawn. Sketch was subdivided into patchworks, working as exact reference for each segment. Then, lead framing positioning would be determined. Stained Glass FrameAll cut out pieces will be assembled into one unit for final installation. In the contemporary industry we see tendency to use alternative of carved glass in many applications.There we do not need to create many pieces and try to hold them together by a frame, rather we work with one piece, that we carve into and create textures.

With traditional glass-work colored pieces are carefully selected and matched to the sketch. A grozing tool often used to work on the sides of the product creating edges.

Mounting and Assembly of glass paneling

Stained Glass Production
Making Stained Glass

When creating traditional stained glass, after cutting the panel individual pieces are put together into H-sectioned lead slots. The joints are then soldered to prevent rattling. An oily cement is then applied between each lead slot or came to make the window weatherproof. Modern artists when creating stained glass for sale utilize copper instead of lead.

Selection and Painting

Palace of Glass style of stained glass is produced out of one flat piece of glass that is carved and

Stained Glass Windowstained by enameled paints. Custom developed process allows our artisans to combine carving of the outlines of images with the coloring afterwards. As a result textures of the images are not merely drawings on the glass but dimensional textures.

 Details such as figures and background textures could be applied later by enamel paints and then heat treated to absorb the coloring into the textured surface of the glass.

 In our company we do not use any lead related products, all our enameled based paints are environmentally friendly. We also do not combine product from different pieces, but use one solid panel on which we then carve different designs and elements. That makes this architectural product much stronger, safer, and better looking. We think this is a better alternative to many glass needs.

Stained Glass WIndow

We will be happy to customize any existing design that you see in our catalog; check with us for stained glass panels.

             Contact for a free consultation!

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Glass backsplash is an easy and affordable way to instantly enhance your kitchen or bathroom design, numerous design magazines has been recently saturated with the fashionable presentations, and amongst those kitchen glass backsplashes are really an eye catchers!

Glass backsplashes are an easy and affordable way to instantly enhance your kitchen or bathroom design; when inserted amongst tiles they immediately become a centerpiece of your interior.

Glass Mural
Glass Murals Handcrafted by artisans
Functional and trendy looking glass backsplash kitchen solution

Glass becomes the material of the choice for kitchens and bathrooms because it is easy to clean and it often withstands certain temperature and moisture. To create such a panel our artisans carve it on the back, leaving the front surface smooth and unaltered. Then, the panel is heat processed to make it “ tempered”, and after that painted with pattern, picture, or solid color. The carved side normally facing the wall thus protecting the pattern and paint.

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Still Life Glass Decor handcrafted by artisans
How to install?

It is important to decide how you will be installing the solid glass backsplash before ordering it. Our production team can cut holes for installing it on the metal standoffs or it may be framed into metal or glued to the wall. If decided to glue to the wall, please consider using specialty non-acidic glue or silicon for use with the mirrors. Since the backsplash is painted from the back, paint will interact with the glue or silicon and may change colors. Mirror silicon is created with non-acidic base to not damage the silvering of the mirrors. Most often our client choose to use metal stand offs for installation.

Designer Wall Panel

 Production house for contemporary ideas

Palace of Glass provides over 300 different glass backsplash ideas and patterns that could all be customized and transferred to your interior to create an instant sensation. All our products are made on order and can be customized as needed: designs can be changed or altered, colors can be adjusted per provided swatches. Our specialists will work with you on providing outline sketches to show you a preproduction view on how the finished product will look like. Colors can be matched using swatches from common manufacturers.

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Nature in Glass carved and etched images as decorative installations

We specialize in hand crafting and painting our panels, but we are not printing images with the machine printer. Some clients choose solid colors, some like variety of elements in their interior.

Murals for Hotel Entrance
Carved Glass Columns and Murals for Hotel Entrance

 Our company uses deep carving, acid etching, and grinding to create award winning design solutions. Choose from our existing library of designs or create your own concept and have us transfer that into glass. We are looking forward to hearing from you about your next designer project!

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Modern glass sculptures never cease to amaze. Transparent mediums has become one of the most preferred materials for creating aesthetic pieces. Modern sculptors seem to be fascinated by the flexibility of glass sculpture and the many creative opportunities it provides.

From tradition to modern day

Traditionally sculptures used hard materials such as wood, metals, stone, and marbles to create portraits of concrete objects. Some sculptors have also experimented with materials such as fabric, rubber, and clay.  Nonetheless, skillful sculptors take out great masterpieces regardless of the materials they use. All sculptors need to do is apply the appropriate cutting techniques and tools, and the results would be nothing less than breath-taking artwork.

Although ancient sculptors have experimented with the silica, for many years stone was the main material in creating sculptures. In contemporary world glass has become the “in thing” for many modern sculptors. The possibilities of what one can make with this substance have also increased.  A glass sculpture can take any form or shape. Instead of merely cutting pieces of medium to create a figure or form, advanced masters take into consideration the elements of composition. Hence the word “sculpture” can also be used to refer to an artwork made by a combination of lights or moving water or other unusual materials.

How to understand sculptures by production styles

Divided by application of sculptures collection, we can say that the two major categories would be cast glass sculpture and stacked installations.The first one is done by melting hot silica into a mold, and often slumping it on a flat furnace over a ceramic surface. Second style is created out of many layers of glass glued together into forms and shapes. There is also blowed glass, done by applying air onto heat treated silica. Hot texture will yield to air pressure and transform into interesting shapes. In recent decades a major style of this kind of abstract glass sculpture got introduced into the world of interior design.

Stacked glass wall sculpture

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Our team of designers has a lot of experience in the field of creating glass wave sculpture using the technique of stacking the layers of transparent medium together. By calculating size of each layer precisely artist can create smooth surfaces and even a complete smooth sphere with no visible seams between sections.

Textured panels as the style of sculpture

Our team of crafted designers mastered the art of carving panels into amazing creations of handmade art. Since working with transparent medium allows you to choose which side to expose as the front, sculpture created by deep carving sandblasting a truly striking! Decorative wall paneling commonly used to depict historical figures or tell stories. But skillful sculptors can also use glass to make abstract forms or shapes that does not necessarily represent a human figure but represent the mood, feelings, or creative spirit of the artist. Our online catalog contains hundreds of designs and themes both specific and abstract. To create the perfect atmosphere in your home or office building please contact design team at Palace of Glass in California.

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In contemporary world stand alone transparent media used in many different architectural solutions: walls, partitions, showers and even stairs. Frameless glass became the style of trendy architecture with the use ranging from structural elements of buildings to stylish structured out of stacked glass. Frameless glass shower enclosures became widely available and used within the last decades, when the fabrication of the sheets of glass became possible.  Here at Palace of Glass we offer the latest from the industry trend and can advise you on frameless shower glass applications.

Styles of Enclosures by Production

Most popular styles of frameless glass showers will include cast or slumped and carved or etched glass. The first one is made out of sheet of silica melted over a mold in a process called slumping. The other style is made out of prefabricated sheet glass that is then carved by sandblasting, the process of shooting very fine sand onto the smooth surface. The first process makes the texture that if less predictable but more artistic looking, it is good for certain applications. We find in recent years trends seems to shift to carved surfaces, that allow more artistic expression and much more versatile in final look of the product.

Transparency as a trend in style

Glass becomes increasingly popular medium in modern day design. It is rare to see a contemporary building without some transparent walls or partitions being introduced on exterior or interior of the building. For many frameless sliding glass shower doors became a way to combine a practical need with the desire to take part in the creating environment around yourself. Our design team can come up with custom designs and help understand feasibility of your project.

Mounting frameless glass

Most often we find that designers like to mount glass paneling on the stand offs, mounted on the wall on the metal brackets that would go through the depth of the panel and come out on the front side of installation. Not always desired look in terms of seeing the system of suspension, but there are ways to hide and make the brackets look as part of the design.  Glass has unique ability to let the natural lighting in, but at the same time serve the function of dividing the space, absorbing the noise and serving the privacy. Glass shower doors frameless is also simple to maintain and clean. Since it does not have any metal grooves supporting it, dirt and debris do not accumulate there. Walls and partitions become attractive by the neat and clean look that they offer. Transparent partitions without the framework around them become the popular way to create instant privacy in a work or home space. Slabs of prefabricated glass are connected together with some hinges and then fixed to the floor or ceiling by some metal brackets for safety. Stacked glass can be glued together by UV type of adhesive.

With frameless consider safety twice

 We recommend that all installations be either tempered or laminated. In case of breakage tempered panel will collapse into small non sharpened pieces, laminated glass will not fall apart and will remain in one place. Laminated panels has tendency to get a little heavier, since two pieces are being connected together, but probably a safer solution for your project.

Please contact us for your latest project so that we can better assist you!

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The use of glass tile is probably one of the first types of interior design that was known to contemporary humanity. People always liked the idea of creating images from existing colored materials that then turned into mosaic decorations. Ceramic and glass floor tile  has been used for centuries and made their way into any construction project these days. People started using colored and stained pieces of ceramics and then gradually developed ability to create large scale stained windows.

Difference between tile and backsplash

In many ways tiles and backsplashes are similar. Essentially backsplash is a large sized panel that has one side colored or textured and the other side attached to the wall or flooring. If you look at many glass tile backsplash pictures you can notice how generally backsplash would be a larger center piece and designer tiles would be surrounding it and supporting visually.

More often we see now how installing glass tile around a center piece brings a touch of customization and personality to your kitchen or bathroom. Some of them can be carved on the front surface, other painted from the back and sealed with a layer of thick paint.

Best ideas on maintenance and cleaning

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Mostly used in the bathrooms and areas where exposure to water is prominent, smooth surfaces give you ability to clean and maintain them at the low cost. Designer texturing been around for some centuries but custom tiling is a relatively new trend in the designer market. In the recent years technology gave us ability to create variations of style and colors textures and manufacture them in quantities needed for larger markets.

Ordering custom glass tiles

When ordering custom work one need to consider:

– Space:   is your intent to make your space appear smaller or larger?  Larger pieces are more often used to make the space appear more spacious. A lot of small parts will create more of a mosaic look. Our team of craftsman at Palace of Glass can custom produce  glasswork of any size: as an insert or backsplash, or as individual small elements shaped by your template.

– Safety: Initial impulse is slippery pieces, since their surface is glossy and attractive, but do consider using specialty surfaces for flooring to avoid accidents.

– Patterns: consider if you want design to be in one solid color, or if you want some element to be in artistic and creative. Carving of the pattern will be done from the bottom of the tile, thus leaving the front surface smooth.

– Installation: we strongly recommend bringing a professional from glass tile store for your installation as there are many specifics that need to be addressed. Pieces need to be installed in an even pattern, using special non acidic silicon or glue is recommended to retain color quality.

Please feel free to consult Palace of Glass design team for all your needs in regards to custom installations. We have hands on experience on how to install glass tile backsplash and will be happy to share that knowledge to make your project a success!

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Contemporary glass doors come in different styles and fashions but mostly can be divided into following categories.

Divided by style of appearance and frame

Framed wooden or steel door will have an opening where some custom glasswork is being inserted. The trend is to call them glass craft doors, despite the fact that they situated in the metal or wooden frame. The other style will be made out of slab of fabricated paneling without any framing around it. More commonly seen bathroom glass doors in the shower and bathroom environment. Such design will contain metal hardware and installation openings (cut-outs for hinges and door handles) on the surface. Laminated panels also becoming popular in use as glass front doors and are favored by many for the reasons of safety and strength. Special hardware becomes available from many manufacturers. When combining several sheets into one unit consider the overall weight of the panel and see appropriate hardware.

Contemporary developments of the industry

In recent years, with the advent of motorized doors, a new style of fashionable glass doors entered the market. Featuring combinations from two to many, sections can easily open on a click of a button and instantly create cozy environment in your home or workspace. Some variety feature complex units telescopically folding in and out and sliding to a complete open space without any frames visibly remaining on entrance. It is common to see the folding walls bent under a radius to create special curved appearance. Some prefer to leave the surfaces clear and transparent, others choose options to create designs and patterns on their installations. Our artisans can help you understand how to order and choose from numerous patterns and styles available in our catalog. Any design can be scaled or resized as needed as all work is hand created by world class craftsmen.

Interior use of partitions

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Some other common use of interior glass doors includes patio, pantry, kitchen cabinet, and fireplace screens. When ordering custom paneling our team will help you consider several important points:

–           make sure you are clear on the transparency of the pattern you choose for your project. Panels can be completely clear, semi transparent or opaque. Please see our website FAQ for samples of difference.

–           It is important to order  your products as a “ safety glass”, meaning it will come either tempered or laminated.

–           Make decision on the hardware you will use for the project beforehand and provide necessary cut out templates to insure it  will be furnished with the proper hardware.

–           If you are using the glass for in insert as glass pantry door or kitchen cabinet make sure you include some extra spacing required for securing and installing panel into the opening.

Our design house specializes in providing quality services in manufacturing variety of architectural glass products. All dimensions, shapes and colors can be adjusted per your specification. We can cut holes for handles and cut outs for hinges. Feel free to contact us for more details via online chat or by calling us directly.

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There are several main reasons to use shower glass in your bathroom: transparent surface will provide very trendy look and feel to the environment and protect bathroom floor from extra exposure to water. Nothing like specialty of frameless glass will provide unique privacy and yet let the natural light to come into the space. It is also very easy to maintain and clean, using sponges you can easily remove all the unwanted debris from the surface. Glass shower enclosures becoming extremely popular in modern day living!

Doors and panels as continuous art

Oftentime designer will transfer pattern from door and spread it throughout the interior. Repeating designs can be seen in the windows of the bathroom for privacy and then copied in the glass paneling around your bathroom. Themes can vary from tropical leafs and landscapes of imagination to abstract patterns and sandblasted textures. Frameless glass shower enclosures can be done both by casting or sand blasting.

Glass shower panels do not need to be boring

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Considering most of us will start our days by entering into the shower door, it is important to make it look in an inspiring and appealing to you way. Transparent medium allows you to add a touch of your personality without obstructing functional purpose of things. There are numerous options for doors in today’s architecture, but nothing like frameless sliding glass shower doors will make a statement about the design approach. Sometimes homeowners are concerned about a big glass door opening in and out in the small space. Creating sliding doors can be a perfect solution in that case.

Simple maintenance of your shower

While providing protection from extra water splashed on the bathroom floor, custom shower glass is very simply to clean. More often we see contemporary designers choosing to use doors without metal frames inside the enclosures, preventing soap and mildew accumulation behind the framing.

Creating bend forms in the shower enclosures

Palace of Glass provides varieties of options for the custom shower glass; most popular choices are etched, carved, or slumped glass. We have produced custom stalls  and environments with the enclosure having radius and being bent; we can also cut the holes and hinges as needed. Surface is being carved and tempered first and then slowly heat treated over a frame with a radius.

Safety with smooth surfaces

It is important we talk about safety in the bathroom. For safety reasons we recommend making all shower as “ safety “ standard, meaning it needs to be either tempered or laminated. Glass shower doors frameless usually puts a lot of weight on the hinges, since it does not have a frame to support it and usually comes tempered. Paneling for the sides and windows can be laminated, if you want to protect yourself from accidentally breaking the sides and deal with many small fractured pieces. Tempered panel will shatter into many small pieces but laminated will not, remaining together attached to the clear transparent film in between the layers.

Our design team can help you provide continuous design running between the sections of the installation. Often one theme will start on first panel and them connect different sections of your enclosures into one consistent presentation. Palace of Glass designers can take any of the existing patterns and custom lay them out on the dimensions of the showers needed for your home.  As the part of the production we will provide sketches specifying how each element will be positioned; it will also have an accurate placing of all the cut outs and special shapes needed.

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There is a wide variety and styles in architectural glass works these days, spanning from trends of clean and transparent look to fascinating sculptures. In the former years practical use of glass was limited to window applications, contemporary trends mix it with other media or provide solutions never before possible to architectural glass manufacturers. In many different ways architectural medium became extremely popular in the past century creating a new trend in interior design and new style of construction that was possible. If in the beginning of the century the world became fascinated by the structures of steel and concrete, few decades later a new wonder of construction strengths glass paneling that was capable of becoming walls and sometimes even floors and ceilings.

Surfaces and options

With different types of glass products available on the designer market, it is important to understand a few basic facts about surfaces and sides. As architectural glass panels can be faced both ways it is important to consult with your interior designer on which side will carry what function. Carved or etched surface becomes the textured or front side. But since the medium is transparent it can have effect from both sides. As a matter of fact sometimes artisan will create his work in such a way that representation from the smooth side becomes more spectacular.

Dual pane carved glass units

Interesting solution to present glass work was found via medium of installing carved panel inside a dual pane unit. Textured side would be facing the inside of the unit thus creating an interesting visual dimensional effect. This is a perfect idea for installing your LED lighting to create that special looking designer center piece. Often times glass blocks or insulated units will be installed in the flooring sections. Etched strips or textures are recommended for safety concern; our design team can come up with various options on how to make these architectural glass products both appealing and safe.

Edges and Bevels of paneling

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When ordering online make sure you select the right kind of edge for your product. Edges need to be polished meaning that corners will be put through a polishing machine that will cut all the imperfections and create smooth “ beveling”. Bevel of glass can be of different styles; with round edges or cut in segments like the corners of diamonds. The thickness or the length of the cutting edge will also determine the look of your glass installation.

Some tips on laminated glass

When laminated, it’s important to see that both pieces exactly match each other in location and the combination of two pieces does not add any extra dimension to the size of panel. If you should decide to drill holes in your glass for installation, you would need to do so before laminating. Once laminated it is not possible to add any additional holes or cut outs to the unit. Cutting to shape or template, drilling holes, making cut outs for hinges, all that needs to be done before sending the piece for tempering or lamination. Carving or etching also recommended to do before. Palace of Glass is a one stop architectural glass company that can help you to understand what options are possible and practical for you. Don’t hesitate to call for a question.

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When making design decisions related to glasswork, please contact our specialists who can turn an object that seems rather mundane into a work of art glass. Our artisans know how to use this material as the artistic medium. Glasswork is essentially processing of refined sands under extreme temperatures and creating objects in the process. Weather the outcome will be stain glass art or a fused bowl, the process of creating a solid objects out of melted substance is always fascinating.

Mental Space for working with designer glass

Creators of glass art for sale have been found throughout history and many of their pieces still exist today. When you speak to these artists you will find that many see spiritual depth in the pieces they create. Many say that the creation becomes an extension of their personalities and though many of the designs they make may look simple. Artists never know when they will become inspired to create and they never know when the creation will creep into their subconscious. When a vision of a project enters their mind they work to produce a visionary piece that makes the viewer of the finished project truly contemplate what the artist was trying to convey.

 From art on glass to working deep with the medium

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Some centuries ago glasswork meant mostly adding hues into the texture of the medium to produce various stains then heat treat them into the surface. Also craftsmen painted objects on the surface for various religious offerings. In a sense glasswork was not really an art then, but more of a craft to express visuals. It is changing rapidly nowadays, where material itself becomes part of the presentation. Often times panels will be textured by sandblasting and deep carving and the designs and images would be applied after. Thus the medium needs to be prepared and match the artwork that you decide to apply to it.

Sandblasting and carving

To help create depth and intrigue in the piece, another process can also be used: from drawing on the panel to altering the texture and depth. We have a team of experienced craftsmen; many of these world known artisans studied the art of making glass in Europe and bring tradition into the contemporary industry space. This procedure can give you the appearance of an object and make piece stand out when worked properly with art glass lightingArt glass is not necessarily only used for a gallery. There are also very practical applications for decorative paneling that are also fully customizable. Many businesses can incorporate this new medium into the business designs. This type of designer signage could be used to show off a logo of the company or perhaps as a centerpiece for the business’s lobby. Many times businesses use glass dividers that can help to keep the area feeling light and yet have separate private sections. Find out how you can incorporate this unique material into your office or home and contact our experienced team for an advice!

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Decorative glass always attracted artisans as a medium for expression. It is a unique material in a sense that it is hard in nature but transparent to light. It can be transformed into various shapes and mixed with colors. Combining traditional wisdom of creating carvings on transparent textures with hi-tech machinery for pre and post production of designer paneling, Palace of Glass is a world known production house. Modern day interior designers have so many options and opportunities to make their projects special. Vast varieties of new materials allows flexibility of production and feasibility. Even though remaining essentially the same medium by so many technologies that developed around it artisans can think big now and allow their imagination to soar high.

Kitchenware

Glass became widely used in many kitchen applications; we use it for salad bowls and cooking trays. With the ability to temper it became more durable and heat resistant. We often see oven doors having a fire resistant glass. Recently our design team received several orders from hospitality and restaurant owners for decorative glass cutting boards. In many high end catering events it is considered part of the presentation to serve food on related design pattern.

Photo№2 - Decorative Glass PGC443

Entry doors and some related notes

Decorative glass entry doors can be done in several fashions. Some can feature frameless door that will be attached on one side to hinges. Most often for safety concerns you would want to laminate or at least temper that door. When laminating try to use lighter decorative glass door inserts as the door will become heavier with each layer of laminated texture. Another solution will be to make designer partitions out of glass. The door can remain made from wood or metal but inserts can be custom produced for you. Decorative glass interior doors is another very popular design decision when transparency between the sections of the space can become an issue.

Churches and religious buildings

Decorative glass always been an inspiration to humanity. Our team of designers have experience in providing varieties of devotional projects facilitating it’s conceptualization, concept drawing, and layout suggestions. Based on your input and vision we would create pre-production sketch that would show you the layout of all the elements of the design. We find it is practical to color code designs on the layout with color swatches; there are several ways to reference those.

Not just a decoration!

With contemporary development of glass industry more and more opportunities come to designers and enthusiasts as well. This amazing medium becomes not just a mere decoration of the interior, rather it becomes functional element that can carry the aesthetic value. So many elements in contemporary building can be made out of it – walls and ceilings, stairs and railings. Only your imagination can stop you from using your favorite medium in making the environment around yourself the way you want it.

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