John W. Anderson

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There are several ways to etch glass.  The glass to be sandblasted is first covered with a paper resist. The design is transferred to this and cut with an exacto blade. The areas to be sandblasted are removed, and the clear areas remain masked.  Designs and techniques vary according to  the needs of the client, such as privacy  or lighting, and, of course, cost.
1.  Frosted glass is the easiest to do.  The design is surface etched evenly, leaving a clear outline and background.    Alternatively,  the design is left clear and the background is frosted.

2.  Shaded glass is more complex,  gives more dimension to the design, and takes more time to complete.  The masking is removed a piece at a  time.  Each area is blasted carefully, lightly in some areas, and heavier in others. 

3.   Carved glass is the most time consuming, removes the most glass in the process, and gives a more three dimensional appearance to the design.  Thicker glass is used, from 1/4 inch up to an inch or more (such as glass table tops).  Tempered glass cannot be carved without the risk of it crumbling into pieces.  Glass can be carved and then tempered afterwards.  Glass and mirrors lit from the sides will give a beautiful glow to the carved areas.   Thicker glass may also exhibit a slightly greenish tint.

4.  Mixing the techniques gives the most dimension to the design.

etched glass bear

shower door

  Aspen Trees, etched glass

Entry windows

     
wine cellar door, etched glass grapes, wine bottle

Wine cellar door

sea dragon, sea horse, fantasy, etched glass, carved  frosted, door,
 
etched glass mountain scene with eagle and geese, pine trees, pine cone, pine branches

Glass door with side panels

aspen trees and lake scene, painted glass doors windows, etched glass, frosted carved

etched and carved window in door, with glass painting

etched glass mountain scene with pine trees and lake

Entry way door with sidelights

These 24" Carved disks can be special ordered  to be used as  table tops or hanging in windows.

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John Anderson etched glass, carved glass, stained glass, leaded and beveled glass serves the south lake tahoe, north lake tahoe, truckee, nevada, reno, incline village, carson city valley and sacramento, california regions.

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