As a building and decorating material, glass is exceptionally versatile, but it can also be used in an artistic capacity. One application that qualifies as both architectural and artistic is laminated glass. Laminated glass consists of at least two panels of glass that are bonded together. Here are a few examples of laminated glass and how (and where) they can be used.
Laminated glass has been around for awhile
Laminated glass is actually a form of safety glass. In this form, two layers of glass are bonded together with a thin vinyl film. If one or both of the glass panels breaks, the film keeps the broken glass contained. Laminated glass has been used in automobile windshields for about 100 years.
As an art form, laminated glass can be combined with a variety of items in the interlayer – the space between the two glass panels. Photographs, ink, fabric, paints and other materials can be bonded between the glass and multiple glass layers can be laminated together to make a unique artistic application.
Artistic laminated glass has been used in Europe for years, in both commercial and residential applications. Laminated glass artwork can combine a number of different techniques and materials, including tinted glass, painted glass, etched glass and sandblasted glass to create a unique yet practical artistic application.
Artistic laminated glass is sometimes called “glass applique.” Although the technique can create a finished product that resembles stained glass, it does not have the black lines that characterize stained glass works. Artistic laminated glass can be used in both commercial and residential settings, as well as both interior and exterior designs.
Some manufacturers have created film laminates that can be applied to the surface of the glass. The films create patterns and colors, but this isn’t really the same thing as laminated glass. True laminated glass bonds glass together and uses the interlayer as a decorative space.
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