Silvered glass (or mirrored glass) is produced by coating a glass surface with a reflective substance. Although this is called silvering, this is just a remnant of past times when silver was the most common metallic substance used for this process – a variety of metallic substances such as aluminium or tin can also be used.
Whilst plain silvered glass is a common sight worldwide in use as a mirror, mixing this process with differing glass types, adding etching to the front face, combining with paint, or laminating an interlayer of other materials can create a range of artistic finishes.
Daedalian Glass Studios has also produced a number of antique silvered / antique mirrored designs where we use special techniques to distress a newly silvered panel and create an aged effect. This is most commonly for projects in historic buildings where a newly silvered glass panel would be juxtaposed against period furnishings and ruin the visual aesthetic.
Silvered glass panel design