Glue Chip Glass is a specialty Art Glass. Bear Glass is an expert in glue chipping. Glue chip glass is a texture that looks like frost during the winter or fern like pattern on a window pane. This attractive random pattern is created by applying hot animal glue to the sandblasted surface of clear float glass and as it dries, the glue shrinks and cools removing flakes of glass from the surface.
Glue chip glass technique can be used with clear or tinted glass as well as mirrors. If extra strength is needed it may also be tempered. Many windows and doors use this technique to add elegance to its environment. It has been used occasionally in signs and in stained glass windows since the early 20th century.
Glue chipped glass is glass that has been etched and covered in warm, wet hide glue. As the glue cools, it attaches to the rough glass. As it dries, it shrinks and rips thin shards off the surface in a fern-like random pattern. Etching increases the surface area and allows the glue to get a firm grip on the glass. You can etch the glass by sandblasting or with a diamond scribe. Acid etching and commercially frosted glass are too smooth for effective glue chipping. For sandblasting, use 90 to 220 grit sand, aluminum oxide or silicon carbide. Use a diamond scribe and light pressure for diamond etching.
Usually the glue leaves some areas of the etched glass unchipped. On sandblasted glass, these areas will be matte. Diamond scribe etching creates fine lines rather than a matte surface so the final piece is more brilliant. Double chipping - applying a second layer of glue over the chipped area - usually chips off any remaining matte areas. You do not re-etch the glass.
We stock the largest variety of flat glass in a variety of sizes and color, customizing your glue chip glass. Alongside of glue chipping we can also fabricate your glass to your needs, from cutting to beveling and more and all this for a very competitive price, making Bear Glass your one stop solution for all of your glass need.