There are many challenges that arise while working with custom, decorative glass. Each project has its own unique attributes and the challenges are always different. However, there is a small, yet very significant challenge we face with every one of our projects, before the work even begins: understanding glass.
The one constant issue is understanding different types of glass and their unique properties. Not all glass will work on all projects. We know this, but educating customers on types of glass and why they need certain glasses for a specific project is something we run into daily.
On top of that, you have to consider glass processing—should the glass be tempered, have polished edges, hole or shape cutouts; does it need to be insulted or laminated, have an energy-efficient coating? All of these things can change how we go about creating the final piece depending on the process we are using.
To make it clear, here at Moon Shadow Glass, we walk through each project with each client.
- Do you really need a low-E piece of glass for a transit windscreen? Probably not since it’s open on all sides.
- You should jump up to low-iron glass if you’re going to do a full color direct printed job so you don’t get the greenish tint from standard clear glass.
- If the final piece is capture on all sides you don’t really need polished edges. But if the edges are exposed, it probably is best to have polished or ground edges.
- Hole placement on annealed glass can be quite different than hole placement on tempered glass. You might have to rework your design to fit those needs.
These are just the most common challenges we run into, but there are many more and it all varies from project to project. It makes our job easier, and our customers’ happier when we take the time to walk through each customer’s needs and explain why small decisions can make a huge difference in the final product.
Kris Iverson is marketing and creative director for Moon Shadow Glass. Contact him at 503/669-6154.
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