Fun with Glass Deco Art Pt. 1| Back Painted Glass

Kids and parents, you can make stunning glass decorations at home and get inspiration for adding back painted glass to your decor! Making glass deco art is not difficult, in fact it is very fun to do! Follow the steps in this lens and get your self a beautiful art gift:

– Decorated napkin holder

– Decorated bedroom mirror

– Decorated piggy bank can

– Decorated drinking glass Continue reading

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Fun with Sugar Glass | Back Painted Glass

Looking for an easy and fun way to add a little more action to your next home movie? Or maybe you want to freak your friends this weekend by punching through a “glass” window?  Well now you can, in about 2 hours and with a hand full of ingredients you could be having a blast cracking some sugar glass.  Sugar glass is a substitute for glass used in movies, since when it breaks it doesn’t have sharp edges and is relatively harmless compared to real glass. It’s much easier and safer than trying to jump through, say your back painted glass Continue reading

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Back Painted Glass Guide

Back Painted Glass Guide

By: David Andrews

The practice of utilizing back painted glass in home décor has become more and more common in recent years. One of the main reasons for this is the popularization of premium self-priming glass paint. These paints take the guesswork out of back painting glass. They form a permanent bond with the glass by causing a molecular change in the surface of the glass itself. No primers or special treatments are necessary. The ease at which glass can now be painted has led many homeowners to undertake the task themselves. In this article we’ll cover some tips and tricks for dealing with some challenges associated with back painting glass. Continue reading

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What is Back Painted Glass?

Back painted glass….what is it?

We wanted to give you a clear definition of what back painted glass exactly is, so here is our shot (via Wikipedia):

Back painted glass is any form of clear glass that is painted from the back side and viewed from the front side, or glaze side. Continue reading

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Blog Spotlight: Cococozy!

Cococozy :

Interior design, decorate and remodel – Ideas for making your house into a stylish home

Last week, we put up a post originally from a great interior design blog Padstyle about the top 25 interior design blogs. This week I wanted to spotlight one of my personal favorite blogs COCOCOZY. Coco, the writer of the blog explains her site the following way:

This is my decor and interior design magazine and blog. For now, I’ll go by Coco – my nickname. I am not a professional interior decorator or design expert – just someone who likes anything to do with house and home. Hopefully, I can help my family, friends and some strangers find cool things, give them some inspiration and maybe make them laugh a little too! Continue reading

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Top 25 Interior Design & Furniture Blogs

Source: PadStyle

We scoured the web looking for the best interior design and furniture blogs, and below is what we found. From large multi-writer blogs like Moco Loco to more personal fare like Gaile Guevara, the below 25 blogs (plus 5 honorable mentions) are the cream of the design crop. This list will help you figure out what to do with your new back painted glass products.

Don’t agree with the order? Know a blog we should include? Vote or add to this list. Continue reading

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What is Glass? Part 6 | Back Painted Glass

Chemistry % by Weight of the most common types of glass and back painted glass

Element Type of glass
Fused silica Soda-lime silica Boro-silicate glass Alumo silicate glass lead borate glass
SiO2 100% 60- 75% 70-81% 62% 54-65%
Al2O3 1% 2-7% 17% 2%
CaO 5-12% 8%
MgO 4% 7%
Na2O 12-18% 4-8% 1% 13-15%
K2O
B2O3 7-13% 5%
PbO 18-38%

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What is Glass? Part 5 | Back Painted Glass

There are other special types of glass and back painted glass by adding different substances. For example:

Element Properties
Alumina It improves chemical resistance and increases viscosity in lower temperature ranges
Cerium To absorb infrared rays
Coloring agents Metals and metal oxides to change color (ex. manganese and selenium to decolorized gas, cobalt for blue, copper for red, nickel produces blue, violet or black glass, titanium produces yellowish-brown, etc.).
Barium oxide Glass containing barium is not quite as heavy as lead crystal, but achieves similar brilliance due to its high refractive index.
Fluorine Fluorine-containing materials, such as fluorspar (CaF2) or phosphates to form small crystalline particles in the glass which gives them a cloudy and opaque impression
Recently developed forms of glass include:Safety glass, constructed of two pieces of plate glass join by a plastic to prevent the glass from scattering when broken.

Fiberglass made from molten glass formed into continuous filaments that is used for fabrics or electrical insulation

Foam glass made by trapping gas bubbles in glass to produce a spongy material for insulating purposes.

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What is Glass? Part 4 | Back Painted Glass

Types of glass and market application

Lead glass:

Lead glass is composed of 54-65% SiO2, 18-38% lead oxide (PbO), 13-15% soda (Na2O) or potash (K2), and various other oxides. When the content of PbO is less than 18% is known as crystal glass. Continue reading

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What is Glass? Part 3 | Back Painted Glass

Types of glass and market application

The main types of glass are described below:

Commercial glass or Soda-lime (back painted glass) glass:
This is the most common commercial glass and less expensive. The composition of soda-lime glass is normally 60-75% silica, 12-18% soda, and 5-12% lime. A low percentage of other materials can be added for specific properties such as coloring.

– It has light transmission appropriate to be use in flat glass in windows;

– It has a smooth and nonporous surface that allows glass bottles and packaging glass to be easily cleaned; Continue reading

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