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.