Glass Sandblasting

Glass often plays a purely practical role in every-day life – it is used for windows, cutlery and furniture. Yet options to make use of glass in an artistic way abounds. An excellent direction to head in when exploring the creative side of glass is that of glass sandblasting. Glass Sandblasting refers to the propelling of fine bits of material at a high speed to etch a surface. Although the surface is mostly glass, the process can also be applied to other materials such as ceramics and steel. Sand is mostly used, but for health reasons other small particles such as steel grit, copper slag or powdered abrasives can also be used. Since there is a chance of inhaling dust during the sandblasting process, careful precaution should be taken during the sandblasting process by using an alternate air supply, wearing protective gear and ensuring there is good ventilation. The equipment typically consists of the abrasive material, an air compressor and a blaster nozzle. The two techniques used when decorating glass with sandblasting is etching and carving. Glass etching produces a ‘whitening’ or ‘snowing’ effect when abrasive material is lightly blasted at the glass – an ideal effect for words or images on trophies or windows. For different effects, the speed and angle of the sandblasting can be adjusted. The carving process takes place when a stencil is placed on the glass and then glass sandblasted. Again different depths and angles can be incorporated to create three-dimensional art pieces. Besides creating art, sandblasting is also used for decorating glass household items such as bowls, clocks, glasses or vases. Furthermore most...

Glass Windows

It’s hard to imagine a world without glass windows. Yet history shows only in 100 AD did glass windows begin to make their appearance in Alexandria, Egypt. It then took another millennium to refine the process to get the glass windows to look as clear and as flat as we know them today. Types Nowadays glass windows can be purchased in an extensive range of styles, sizes and frames. Some of the most popular styles include: fixed, top hung, side hung, sliding, tilt and turn, bay and sash windows. Fixed windows These are perfect to use in situations where light but no ventilation is needed as they cannot be opened. They also make excellent architectural features where a view can be enjoyed. They are mostly custom made as the sizes will vary greatly. Top hung Top hung windows are opened from the bottom, allowing most ventilation to come from below. This makes them handy in areas which receive plenty of rain as light rain won’t be able to enter. Side hung Side hung windows are one of the most popular choices and opened from the centre outwards on side hinges. They work well with double glazed windows as the latest heavy duty hinges allow them to carry the weight easily. Sliding These windows are mostly used where there is limited space as their panes will not be obstructive. They consist of sliding glass panes, usually two, and can either be opened either way or have one fixed and one mobile pane. Tilt and turn Originally from Germany and most commonly used there, these windows open or and tilt inwardly...

Maintaining a shower

Moments spent under the hot running water of a shower are treasured moments. What is less pleasant is the maintenance thereof.  Fortunately with a few simple steps maintaining a shower will help keep it an inviting place. Shower Heads Shower heads can easily become blocked up with mineral deposits, resulting in poor water pressure and flow. Here are simple steps to maintaining a shower head and keep the water flowing: If your shower head is hard to detach, fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and wrap it around the shower head and secure it with a rubber band or tape. Leave the bag for a few hours or overnight. Once the bag is removed, allow water to run through to remove the vinegar. If the shower head is easy to remove, let it soak in a container of white vinegar for a few hours. Once the head has been placed back on, allow the water to run through the shower head to remove any vinegar. If a shower has rubber nozzles, any mineral built-up can be removed by massaging the nozzles by hands or by cleaning them with a toothbrush. Shower floors There are a wide variety of shower floor types and each will vary somewhat as to what is needed to clean them, but these are good general tips to follow when maintaining a shower floor: Start by cleaning the drain. Remove the drain by unscrewing the cap and remove unwanted hair with gloves. If hair is stuck in the pipe an old toothbrush can be used to remove it. Also clean the drain cover with a...

Framed Glass Balustrades

Safety is paramount when it comes to any building or home. The smallest features can make all the difference. This is certainly the case when it comes to balustrades. Balustrades are railings which are erected around areas of height or to separate or enclose a space. A wide range of balustrades are available to suit a variety of styles, one of them being framed glass balustrades. Framed glass balustrades are ideal to use for patios, staircases, decks, pool fencing, handrails, boundary fences, pool gates, wind breaks and for privacy screens. Using framed glass balustrades have the following advantages: Provide safety around heights or pool areas Easy to maintain Customizable as they are available in different shapes, styles and colours Can be incorporated into any building including curved buildings Provide a modern and elegant feel Allow for unobstructed views Play a key role in adding to the aesthetics of a home, hotel, apartments or a high rise building Are durable and often made to withstand tough weather conditions A framed glass balustrade consists of aluminium, stainless steel or wooden frame, glass and steel fixation bolts and nuts. It is best to ask for stainless steel bolts and nuts to prevent rust from harming the product. There is also the option of hidden fixings. When it comes to the glass, different thicknesses and styles can be installed. Thicknesses range from 6-15 mm and it is advisable to ensure that toughened glass is used. For the style of glass, clear, colour, tinted or obscure glass are the typical options available. Popular frame options include full height glass frames, edge frames or split...

What are balustrades?

So, what are balustrades? Although they can easily be overlooked, balustrades perform an essential role in buildings. By installing them, instant safety is added to areas of height. By carefully selecting their design, they will also add to the aesthetic appeal of a space. A balustrade consists of balusters – pillars – which are aligned symmetrically on a base and joined at the top to form a balustrade or railing.  Balustrades are therefore made up of a base, a top rail and the balusters or ‘pillars’.  They are used to enclose patios, terraces, staircases and swimming pools, as well as create architectural barriers in other spaces. Balustrades are mostly manufactured from stainless steel, wrought iron steel, normal steel, wood, glass or a combination of these. Stainless steel is a good option to consider when you want to take the environment into consideration – it is corrosion resistant and durable, along with the ability to be recycled. When it comes to steel designs for balustrades, customers can customize as they wish, with the option of vertical or horizontal bars or even customized laser cut profiles. Cable systems are another elegant, safe and strong option in the steel balustrade range. Using wood for balustrades adds warmth to any space and complements the other materials of the balustrades such as glass and steel, well. With wood, especially outdoors, maintenance however needs to be kept in mind. One of the most popular choices for balustrades are frameless glass balustrades. These have the perks of creating a modern appeal, providing uninterrupted views, allowing light to flood an area, being a wind and sound barrier...