Cold working glass is a different type of glass, which is easy to break and cut. However, it’s still a good choice for many DIY projects since it can be easily shaped with a few tools. The most widely used type of cold working glasses is float glass and tempered glass. The float glass consists of two layers of molten glass that are compressed together. As the glass is very soft, it can easily be cut with a glasscutter or diamond blade. The tempered glass has four to five times higher strength than the normal float glass and will hold any shape you want to create. For example, it’s possible to engrave stylish patterns on the surface of the tempered glass without breaking it.
What are the types of cold working glass?
A few more types of cold working glasses that can be easily found on the market:
1- decorative laminated glass (can hold any shape)
2- laminated glass (is usually used for furniture and building doors, which is toughened with special films covered by a layer of plastic)
3- wet laminated glass (it’s created by melting special layers together that are then compressed, which is excellent for creating beautiful decorative surfaces)
How to use cold working glass?
The cold working glass can be used in many different DIY projects including mirrors, photo frames, tabletops, and more. It can also serve as a wonderful surface for painting or engraving. A few more ideas:
1-make your own mirror
2-create an artistic tabletop
3-engrave a stylish pattern onto the surface of the glass (pictures or words)
What are the rules that should be followed before creating something special?
However, before you start creating something really special with cold working glasses, here are some general rules you should follow for all types of glass projects:
- Make sure the glass is clean. It’s recommended to clean it with some special cleaning products for glass, which are available at home improvement stores.
- Apply masking tape around the edges of the glass to prevent tiny cracks or irregularities from appearing once you apply heat or cut through the surface. Additionally, you should also wear a protective mask and safety goggles.
- Use special cutting tools to prevent the glass from cracking or breaking during the engraving process.
- Heat up the glass with a heat gun to make it much easier to work with it. In order to soften all types of glasses, you can use a standard oven as well, but remember to preheat it up to 180-200 degrees Celsius.
- Do not press too hard with the engraving tool as you might damage the surface of the glass.
- Remove all metal particles from a glass using a special magnet, which prevents those particles from sticking onto your finished piece and looking out of place.
In addition, you should be extremely careful when working with glass, as it can easily break or crack due to high-temperature changes.
What are the advantages of cold working glass?
If we compare cold working glass with materials like metal and stone, we will find out that it’s soft and easy to cut. It can hold almost any shape you want and is extremely durable in direct contact with water or household chemicals (frequent changes in temperature may cause cracks). Additionally, it’s very affordable; many people use the cold working glass for artistic purposes as it can be cut, engraved, or heated to achieve amazing results.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that cold working glass is an environmentally friendly material. All types of glass waste can be recycled with ease and there are many businesses that accept this type of waste as part of their recycling programs. For instance, you might want to check with local glass recycling businesses to see how they handle this type of waste.