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e8cccb0fadb6cf835a8907966cce79abfor blog 2jpgEtched glass first emerged in the mid-19th century as a way to hide patrons in pubs while still allowing natural light to enter a drinking establishment. It wasn't long before Edwardian and Victorian homes took on this idea with glass etchings appearing on everything from mirrors and windows to glassware.

Glass etchings continue to be a popular way to decorate windows and mirrors. This technique involves scraping or scratching a piece of glass in selected spots to create interesting designs. As a result, frosted designs are produced on glass. If you’re considering glass etching for a window or mirror, here’s what is involved.

Features of Etched Glass

Unlike decals or frosted mirrors, an etching doesn't peel, fade or flake. Regardless of how often you clean your mirror, the design or image won’t change its appearance as it’s permanent.

However, its look can be affected by the angle in which it’s viewed and the light in a room. Although it’s not truly three dimensional, a glass edging does have more than two dimensions when looking at it.

Ideas for Etched Glass Mirrors

One of the most common glass etching is a leaf border. This is done by repeating a design around the perimeter of a mirror. Besides being attractive, a leaf border can make your mirror look as if it’s framed.

There are countless designs from which to choose. Some of the more popular etchings involve logos, family crests and military patches.

Glass Etching Techniques

  • Surface etching—This technique involves only etching the surface of a piece of glass. The designs are black and white (positive and negative). While the etched portions usually appear white, the unetched, or clear, parts of a design look dark or black. It's the easiest one to do, besides the quickest.
  • Carvings—In carved etchings, your image is carved or blasted into the glass, which gives it a more three dimensional appearance. Carvings can be done in one, two or several stages. They render a more sophisticated look than surface etchings.

Glass mirror etchings are one of the many services offered at Hutchison Glass & Mirror. To find out more about how we can serve you, please contact us.

hutchinsonblogAlthough some people are beginning to talk with Real Estate agents as they prepare to look for a new home this spring, there is a growing population of people who are very interested in pursuing their dream of building their own homes. For many of them, this is the year they will make that dream a reality. 

Regardless of where you fit in to the equation - whether you're going to be moving soon, or you're planning to start building your new home, the most important part of the planning process for you is designing your new space according to your own preferences. Our custom mirrors as well as our other amazing products will add the perfect personal touch to any room of your home. 

Customized Mirrors

Mirrors have long been used as an accent piece in every room. However, they're often overlooked as a way to truly bring the design of the space to life. Mirrors bring a great deal of light and depth into a room. Depending on the type of mirror you choose, you can make a room appear larger or smaller, and mirrors can even be used as artwork if you hang them the right way. With customized mirrors, you have a very important part in the design process, and the finished products will be pieces that will add a distinct amount of character to each room. 

Thinking Outside the Box

When it comes to using glass and mirrors in your home's decor, current trends are leaning toward thinking outside the box. They aren't just for hanging on the wall. Consider adding some flair to your dining room with a glass table top. You could also add glass shelving to a sunroom. When you begin to get creative, you'll be amazed that the dramatic effects that can be brought into your space. 

When it comes to customized mirrors and glass, it's important to work with an expert in the field who will take the time to listen to your thoughts and produce a fabulous product for you. That's what we're all about, here at Hutchinson Glass & Mirror. If you have some ideas for your home, we would love to help you by bringing those ideas to life. 

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