Etched Glass Image

Decorative glass is etched by various surface altering techniques.

One method involves the application of hydrofluoric acid to the glass surface to give a matt, frosted appearance (similar to that obtained by surface sandblasting).

Etched glass has a distinctive, uniformly smooth and satin-like appearance, it admits and softens light creating ambience in a room.

Etching produces a variety of different obscure frosted grey and semi obscure tones depending on the acid type and length of time it is applied. Where the glass is to remain clear it has to be masked off with material to resist the acid.

Etching does have a softer more pleasing appearance than sandblasting but the same degree of three-dimensional affect cannot be achieved.

Etching can be used in both residential and commercial settings, doors, shower screens, furniture, and wall paneling are just a few examples.

This type of work is found mainly in public houses and old traditional architecture. David Sidgwicks is one of very few glass specialists remaining that have the skills to offer this type of work.