Sandblasted glass or Etched glass is one of the oldest forms of decorative glass on the market but it can also be used to create modern and contemporary glass panels.
The Leadbitter Glass studio has created thousands of decorative glass panels using the Sandblasted Glass technique for homes all over the country. This section of the website explains in detail how etched glass is made.
One of the best things about Sandblasted Glass is the amount of visible light the glass still allows to enter the glass. Other forms of decorative glass have coloured glass sections or lead strips as the make-up of the design and these products may possibly tone down some of the natural light. Sandblasted glass is pure glass without any of these extra materials so the light coming through the glass is hardly obstructed.
Watch a short video showing some Etched/Sandblasted Glass examples…
Sandblasted Satin Glass – great for En-Suites and Bathroom panels!
One of the more popular requests we receive is for sandblasted glass bathroom door panels but one of the main requirements for bathroom glass is the need for no clear sections in the design.
As explained above, under normal practice sandblasted glass is created by leaving some of the design sections clear with the background of the design being sandblasted. As you can appreciate this form of glass isn’t perfect for bathrooms and toilets so we can use Satin Glass for its excellent privacy qualities. The Satin glass is made with a fully ‘sandblasted appearance’ and once the chosen design is sandblasted onto the back of the Satin glass, the design can still be viewed but there are no clear areas visible in the sandblasted glass panel.
We can supply these types of sandblasted glass panels for bathrooms in 4mm or 6mm toughened glass. As this type of order is almost always a single-glazed piece of glass, we would protect the etched areas of the design with our Sandblast Protection product which stops greasy marks staining the sandblasted areas.
Ideal for numbers and names!!
Sandblasted glass is an ideal form of decorative glass for house names and numbers on door glass and in the panels above the doors. One of the more common requests that we receive is for sandblasted numbers on or above front doors. If your home has a fanlight above the door, we can create a panel with your house number or name in sandblasted glass.
Many standard designs ready and waiting!
We have over 400 designs suitable for doors and windows and there are many sandblasted glass categories to choose from such as Wildlife, Modern, Victorian and much more. Visit the Etched Glass links at the top of the page to visit our Sandblasted Glass galleries now.
Gradient Sandblast Shading
Leadbitter Glass can now offer ‘Gradient Sandblasting’ or shaded sandblasting as it is otherwise known. This new technique gives our sandblasted glass range more possibilities. The photo on the right shows the effect that this new technique gives and if you look at the bottom of the glass you will notice that it is fully sandblasted but as you look further up the panel it becomes gradually clearer.
This great new technique is almost impossible to create with a manual system but our studio recently added a new automatic sandblasting glass machine for creating gradient sandblasted glass.
Sandblast shading is perfect for showers and wet-room enclosures where the bottom half of the glass needs to be obscured but the top half of the glass needs to be clear. Office partitions and other commercial areas could also benefit from shaded sandblasting to aid privacy in the required locations.