Choosing Glass for Your Glass Artwork

Options range from the cathedral to the antique. Bullseye striker glass is more commonly used than antiques, which can be difficult and expensive to find.

There is a wide variety of different types available. It also comes in a large selection of colors, transparencies, and textures. Other determining factors, when choosing, include coatings and ease of cutting.

Manufacturers

Your project can be created by a single builder or a combination of different manufacturers. The spectrum is the easiest to cut. Using a combination of different makers in one piece adds sparkle to your artwork.

Color’s

Glass color options are constantly expanding. There is a range of options in different colors. There are blues, greens, yellows, purples, reds, pinks, browns, greys, blacks, whites, and clears.

Texture

Although most glass is smooth, you can also choose to use textured glass. Textures range from subtle to dramatic. The more textured, the more care is required when cutting. With textures, one side is usually more textured than the other side. You should cut on the smooth side.

Stained glass sheet

Sheets are usually sold in quarter sheets, half sheets, and sometimes even full sheets. Quarter sheets are approximately 12″ x 12″. Half sheets are usually 16″ x 24″. Full sheets are generally not sold due to their size. When determining the amount required for a project, allow 25% for the waste factor.

Yes, there are many different types to choose from. Try antique or semi-antique. Check out the options for cathedral glass. The options and types are constantly increasing. Choose from those that complement your artwork or surroundings or where your artwork will be displayed. The point is, have fun and experiment. The result will be a one-of-a-kind artwork.