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Aaron Aziz
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Glass Thickness

Post by Aaron Aziz » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:00 am

Hey I was just wonder how thick of glass should be used for goldleafing, glue chipping and just basic framed glass, wall signs?

Larry White
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Re: Glass Thickness

Post by Larry White » Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:43 am

I typically do most my stuff on 1/4" plate glass.
Every now and then I get a rejected piece of "sign size" tempered glass,
sometimes 3/8" thick, sometimes 1/2", but they get rather heavy.
Smaller things you could use 3/16" thick glass, but 1/4" is pretty much
the standard. I see no reason to do anything on 1/8" glass.
For a higher end result, I'll use an extra-clear Starphire glass,
but its cost is about double over standard plate glass.
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Dan Seese
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Re: Glass Thickness

Post by Dan Seese » Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:27 pm


You can rely on what Larry says (aka Wm. Blake). He's worked one or two framed glass wall signs.

I remember having a similar question years ago. In some ways, it can be determined by the size of the final piece since since the larger you go, the thicker the glass. But 1/4" is a great all-around thickness on which you can do both large and small pieces.

I've used 1/8" for a sample kit I carry with me, simply because of the lighter weight - but even at that, I think the thicker glass looks nicer - especially if you are going to do any depth carving.

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