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Technique description

Etched glass is created by making small abrasions in the surface of glass. These abrasions can be made by various tools such as a sandblasting machine or a hand held flex drive – creating a frosted effect on the glass surface.

These frosted panels can use the positive space (the frosted areas) or the negative space (the gaps between frosted areas) for form intricate patterns and designs – detailed pictures can even be reproduced through etching on the surface of glass.

Furthermore, these abrasions can be made to multiple depth levels to create areas where the level of frosting in thicker to add shading. Through multi-depth etching and by etching on multiple sides of the glass, three-dimensional designs with multiple layers of shading can be created. For especially intricate designs, etching can be combined with laminated glass to add extra layers into the design.

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Sample#042 Baroque design, low-iron

A baroque design sandblasted on low-iron glass.

Sample#214 Bronze, sandblasted

Bronze coloured glass with an organic design sandblasted onto both sides.

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Sample#047 Etched abstract design 02

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An abstract etched design on both surfaces of the glass.

Sample#133 Etched and painted design

The inspiration for this collection of designs came to Davia from the subtle ripples that appear in the surface of flowing water. This design is created through a mixture of etching and painting on the back face of a glass panel before filling the negative areas with light by applying a mirror backing.

Sample#038 Etched Celtic cross

An etched Celtic cross design on the surface of a glass panel. The Celtic cross design emerged in the British Isles in the Early Middle Ages and features a nimbus (circle/halo) alongside the cross. It is particularly associated with Ireland.

Sample#216 Etched design, serpent

An etched glass design featuring a serpent and a bird – two important Celtic symbols. Serpents and birds were important creatures as they were thought to possess the ability to cross between worlds – both symbolically and literally.

Sample#057 Etched die design

Etched die in various stages of rolling. A design, etched on to the front face of a glass panel, features the oldest gaming implement known to mankind – the dice. Dating back over 8000 years, dice are synonymous with gambling and table-top games.

Sample#048 Etched eagle photograph

A photograph of an eagle reproduced through etching on the surface of the glass.

Sample#224 Etched, falling leaves

A falling leaves design etched on the front face of clear glass.

Sample#056 Etched feather design, front and back

A feather design etched on both sides of a glass panel. This 3 dimensional design is created by splitting the image into layers that can created in the glass by etching to multiple depths on both sides of the panel.

Sample#246 Etched, geometric

A etched geometric design on the rear face of a mirror backed glass panel. The design pivots around the hexagram – or six-pointed star – which is central to the symbology of various religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, and Rastafari.  In Judaism, the six-pointed star is called Magen David (Shield of David) and is both a symbol of Judaism and of the modern Jewish Identity. This bespoke sample was designed by Daedalian Glass Studios for a Synagogue in New York City.

Sample#158 Etched glass design, back painted 01

The inspiration for this collection of designs came to Davia from the subtle ripples that appear in the surface of flowing water. This design is created through a mixture of etching and painting on the back face of a glass panel before filling the negative areas with light by applying a mirror backing.

Sample#159 Etched glass design, back painted 02

The inspiration for this collection of designs came to Davia from the subtle ripples that appear in the surface of flowing water. This design is created through a mixture of etching and painting on the back face of a glass panel before filling the negative areas with light by applying a mirror backing.

Sample#160 Etched glass design, curved glass, back painted 01

The inspiration for this collection of designs came to Davia from the subtle ripples that appear in the surface of flowing water. This design is created through a mixture of etching and painting on the back face of a glass panel before filling the negative areas with light by applying a mirror backing.

Sample#161 Etched glass design, curved glass, back painted 02

The inspiration for this collection of designs came to Davia from the subtle ripples that appear in the surface of flowing water. This design is created through a mixture of etching and painting on the back face of a glass panel before filling the negative areas with light by applying a mirror backing.

Sample#242 Etched, hand painted

An etched design of random lines and circles is created on front face of this glass. The back face is hand painted in a similar colour and causes shadows from the etching to form on its surface – accentuating the design on the front face.

Sample#054 Etched landscape with bonded coloured fused glass

An etched landscape design with coloured, fused glass detailing bonded to the surface and providing added texture.

Sample#044 Etched leaf design

A leaf design etched onto the front face of the glass.

Sample#043 Etched leaf design, both surfaces

A three dimensional etched leaf design on both surfaces of the glass.

Sample#221 Etched line design

A thick and thin line design etched on the back face of the glass with a fully etched front face.

Sample#032 Etched line design, front and back, overlapping

A line pattern sandblasted on both the front and back faces of the glass to create an overlapping and three dimensional pattern.

Sample#045 Etched line design, front and back, overlapping

A line pattern sandblasted on both the front and back faces of the glass to create an overlapping and three dimensional pattern.

Sample#053 Etched line design, front and back, overlapping

A line pattern sandblasted on both the front and back faces of the glass to create an overlapping and three-dimensional pattern.

Sample#018 Etched lines on clear glass

An etched line design on both sides of the glass creating a three dimensional pattern.

Sample#230 Etched, organic, both sides.

An organic pattern etched onto both sides of glass.

Sample#025 Etched Pattern

An abstract design etched across the surface of glass.

Sample#222 Etched pattern

An organic pattern etched on the front face of clear glass.

Sample#226 Etched pattern

An etched elongated bubble pattern.

Sample#227 Etched pattern, half obscured

An etched elongated bubble pattern, half obscured

Sample#220 Etched, rectangles, both sides

A three dimensional rectangular design etched onto both sides of glass.

Sample#036 Etched silver birch tree design

A silver birch tree design etched onto both sides of the glass.

Sample#055 Etched tall grass design, front and back

A tall grass design etched on both sides of a glass panel.

Sample#026 Etched word design, laminated to mirror

An etched design with writing in the negative space.

Sample#213 Geometric, sandblasted

A geometric design sandblasted onto the surface of glass.

Sample#094 Kiln formed coloured glass, half-painted, half-etched

Kiln formed coloured glass with half the surface painted and the other half etched.

Sample#037 Kiln formed glass, silvered and half etched

A kiln formed piece of glass with a silvered back face and part etched front face.

Sample#097 Kiln formed, sandblasted, painted

A piece of kiln formed bronze glass with a hand painted back face and sandblasted front face.

Sample#111 Laminated coloured film with one side etched on one half, one side etched on both

An orange film laminated between glass with one half of the front face sandblasted.

Sample#144 Laminated sheer fabric with etched floral design and gold paint

A sheer fabric laminated between glass and an etched floral design on the front face.

Sample#003 Laminated white chiffon fabric, half sandblasted

Laminated glass with a white chiffon interlayer. Half of this piece is obscured via sandblasting.

Sample#239 Organic, abstract, etched, back painted

An organic abstract design etched on the front face of the glass, painted on the back face.

Sample#104 Painted glass artwork project

Glass art in a painted abstract design with an etched front face.

Sample#219 Sandblasted, baroque, clear

A baroque design sandblasted onto clear glass.

Sample#029 Sandblasted, both sides, float 01

A sandblasted design on both sides of float glass, creating a three dimensional pattern.

Sample#030 Sandblasted, both sides, float 02

A sandblasted design on both sides of float glass, creatinge a three dimensional pattern.

Sample#031 Sandblasted, both sides, low-iron

A sandblasted design on both sides of low-iron glass, creating an overlapping tartan pattern.

Sample#210 Sandblasted design, back painted

A nautical inspired design sandblasted onto glass with the back face hand painted.

Sample#033 Sandblasted design, both sides, low-iron

A sandblasted design on both sides of low-iron glass.

Sample#011 Sandblasted design, flashed glass

A sandblasted botanical design on flashed glass.

Sample#012 Sandblasted design, iridised glass

A sandblasted botanical design on iridised glass.

Sample#217 Scored lines, etched

Design created by scoring the front face and etching the back face of the glass.

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