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GlassKote South Africa Blog

We invite our GlassKote licensed applicators and Architects using GlassKote, to submit their work and showcase the beauty of GlassKote. We hope you find inspiration and ideas for your next project.

Stained Glass or Back Painted Glass?

Windows, lenses and vases – most of the glass we use is colourless. While this serves its purpose, there’s no need to forget that we have a kaleidoscope to choose from. “Coloured Glass” can easily be referred to as Stained Glass or back painted glass (Painted Glass) but is this correct? In principle yes, however the processes to produce the two finishes vary somewhat. The major difference for each coating is the applications in which it can be used. Stained Glass has come to mainly refer to the glass used in making artistic windows. The process entails the use of minerals during the manufacture of glass. What makes Stained Glass more spectacular than everyday clear glass objects of colour is simply the way light is transmitted through it, typically used for doors and windows, and a few less mainstream applications, like lamp shades. Back painted Glass is exactly that, glass with a painted coating. When it comes to interiors, Back Painted Glass has the advantage over Stained Glass in that there is greater scope to express the exact atmosphere you want. Not only is the colour, finish and design choice unlimited, the applications in which back painted glass can be utilised is vast; such as splashbacks and furniture to wall cladding and sprandrels, has brought back painted glass to be a prominent design feature for architects and designers. Get a...

Glass Art

Typically, when you think of Glass Art , vases and bowls of intricate glass designs usually spring to mind. Glass plays an important practical role in our lives. We use it to drink from, to see through or as a surface to eat from. Thankfully it hasn’t only been resigned to being practical but glass art. Coloured glass are often displayed in church windows where it can be appreciated as the light emphasises the colours and designs. However, coloured glass stretches much further than church windows. Art on glass has also been made available by delicate sandblasting. These designs are all custom, and are generally used for doors of showers and entrances. Artistically decorated glass panels used in hotels, restaurants and homes where colour and design play an important role in the journey of glass art as it allows the artist and decorator to be specific about what they want to achieve.               Get a...

Glass Paint

The process of using glass paint to create coloured glass is simple, but you need a specialised coating. If normal paint is used, often the colour coating begins to pull off over time. This becomes risky when a coloured glass panel is fixed to a wall where the chance of the glass falling off is high. Paint is a key element when decorating and many paint manufacturers produce a paint that can be applied to almost any surface. However, when it comes to painting glass it gets more technical. Due to the chemical makeup of glass the “sticking” or adhesion of any coating on glass is difficult. Ask your coloured glass supplier the following questions: What testing has the coating undergone? SABS, our local South African bureau and ASTM are international testing standards. Has the testing verified performance for Internal and External applications? What track record does the coating have in South Africa and worldwide? In this way customers can discern whether they are buying a quality product or a cheap coating. View our Glass Paint page for more information Get a...

Coloured Glass Suppliers

Get free quotes for coloured glass suppliers through our partner ThinkQuote Get in touch with us Our network of  Coloured Glass suppliers is spread through Southern Africa. We have service partners in major cities nation wide, that can cater for your coloured glass project requirements as well any additional glass works that may be required for that specific job. Our service partners are based in: Johannesburg Durban East London Port Elizabeth Garden Route Cape Town Namibia Our network of glass suppliers are not limited by borders. Glass projects have been installed throughout Africa from our service partners in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Our service partners are capable to handle different size projects, from small once off jobs to larger projects and commercial and on going demand. All of our coloured glass suppliers offer multiple glass products and services, thus capable to meet many multiple project requirements. Post your glass project requirements through our simple 4 step enquiry form and we’ll process your information and have our coloured glass suppliers partners contact you within 24 hours. Get a...

Mirror Trends

Mirror trends are continuously evolving and the demand for more decorative mirror glass has grown. Typically the common silver mirror was framed, and this gave the finished unit depth. However, the drawback of framed mirrors, due to materials used to frame can be bulky, heavy and limited to colour and design. Mirrors finishes are available in many colours; like red, blue and green. Very specialized finishes like antique and cracked have become popular mirror trends. Also, illuminated or back lit mirrors have also made an impact to mirror trends. Ever considered coloured mirrors? Coloured Mirrors open a creative design channel to allow for contemporary upmarket mirrors; be it in kitchens, bathrooms and other living areas. Coloured Mirrors are less bulky and give a sleek neat look.  Unlimited choice of colour and design this gives, you the customer, an abdundance options. Click here view our Coloured Glass Mirror article   Get a...

Coloured Mirror Glass

Mirror has long been part of interior design, but has in the past been very limited by design. Mirror glass trends have changed drastically over the last few years in offering a vast array of choices;  finish, colour and design. A Coloured Mirror Glass meets the need to incorporate colours within a design of a border, for example. As a consumer exploring this option would open a world of almost limitless colour and design, thus creating a versatile platform for interior decorating.   About this mirror: 4mm mirror glass Black floral border Installed in Johannesburg, South Africa         Incoporating coloured glass in the design of a mirror the patterned or full colour borders can achieve amazing aesthetics. Coloured Mirror Glass offers an array of colour and finish options.   About this mirror: 4mm mirror glass Pebble colour standard border Installed in Johannesburg, South Africa         Get a...

Black Glass

Coloured glass splashbacks offer a wide range of colour choices, and one of the most popular of choices is Black glass. The use of black glass for kitchen splashbacks creates a sleek and neat look. A black glass splashback can be used in contrast with bright interiors or creative lighting ideas to create an upmarket ambiance that is well suited for the trend of today. Wall cladding or glass cladding is another prominent application for coloured glass. Typically, corporate companies and hotels choose wall cladding over conventional products, due to the unlimited colour choice and durability of coloured glass. Glass furniture, for example, counter tops and tables are great contemporary choice when decorating your office or home. The above black glass splashback was installed in Cape Town, using 6mm Toughened glass Get a...

Red Glass

Red Glass used for kitchen splashbacks and bathroom splashbacks has long been a preferred choice for architects and interiors designers. If you were to compare tiles and conventional back splashes, Coloured glass offers an explosion of colour, creating a beautiful upmarket look. The use of glass splashbacks creates a seemless finish even areas that include plugs and cut outs. Designers and decorators have become custom to the use of coloured glass splashbacks due to the versatility of the applications and the durability of glass. Glass splashbacks are easy to maintain and is more hygienic than conventional tiles.             About these two Kitchen Splashbacks; Glass specification: 6mm Toughened Extra White (low iron) glass Colour specification: Red Both of these projects were installed in Cape Town, South Africa. Get a...