Frosted Glass Effect Highlight: 3D
At Sans Soucie, our Frosted Glass is all made by hand thru the art of Sandblast etching and carving. In this article we’re highlighting our two 3D Carved Effects: 3D Solid and 3D Enhanced.
In the process, we’re going to take a look at all 4 of our Sandblast Effects and see how they stack up against one another, in both how they’re made and what they cost. Starting with our premiere effect – 3D Enhanced.
Our 3D Enhanced Effect requires the highest level of skill and time to create. The design is sandblasted in STAGES, one small segment at a time. The artist sculpts and cuts deep into the glass at varying depths. This creates a relief texture in the glass. The carved edges of the various elements in the design, will pick up the surrounding light. This makes the design illuminate and become a 3 dimensional object that appears to be free-floating in the glass. The artist also implements “shading”, where the sandblast density gently fades out to clear glass. This creates a “gradient-like” effect that adds more intricacy and detail to the finished look.
3D Enhanced Examples
Now, let’s look at our OTHER 3D Effect – 3D Solid. As with 3D Enhanced, the design is cut deep into the glass which creates that beautiful, sculpted, free floating look. But this effect is a flat, solid white, embossed look. The 3D Solid Effect is withOUT any gradients, or shading that brings out the intricacy and detail – that 3D Enhanced will have. This 3D Solid Effect requires a lower level of skill and time to create, which is why we can offer it at a lower price. This effect is what’s called a “single stage sandblast”. That means the artist sandblast carves the glass “overall”, NOT one small segment at a time.
Instead, the sand is sprayed in large, sweeping motions, across the entire surface of the glass. Still requiring skill mind you, as the flat carved surface and edges of the design elements, need to be consistently FLAT, and EVEN, without any divots or deeper carved spots or segments.
3D Solid Examples
So that’s how our two 3D Effects stack up against each other, side by side. While it’s true that they’re both 3D and both “carved”, it’s really not a true apples-to-apples comparison to stack these two side by side.
A more similar comparison to 3D Enhanced, is actually our 2D Effect. The reason? They both feature shading. One is carved. One is not. But both feature the beautiful highlights and detail that’s brought out, through the step by step process, of gradient shading. So, when we stack the two of these side by side, you can see they’re much, more, similar.
3D Enhanced vs. 2D
The same is true with 3D Solid Effect. It has a closer relative as well, that being our 1D Effect. Much more of an apples-to-apples comparison, they look more alike. They’re both solid white shapes and they both require a lower amount of skill and time to create. One is etched on the surface. The other is carved deep into the glass. Both are beautiful, because our designs are beautiful. Both can provide the degree of privacy you need, because of the backgrounds we can use and incorporate with our sandblast etching and carving. But neither one features the gradient shading of our higher-end, 2D and 3D Enhanced Effects.
3D Solid vs. 1D
Pricing Differences Between Each Effect
Now let’s take a look at how each one of these stacks up against the other, on a price scale. After all, that’s where it really counts.
3D Solid vs. 2D
3D Enhanced vs. 1D
There’s a significant difference between 3D Enhanced versus 1D, and rightfully so considering the differences in what it takes to create them, and how they look.
3D Enhanced On our Different Glass Backgrounds
Now, let’s take a look at our 3D Enhanced Effect on each of our 3 Glass Backgrounds (or Glass Finishes), that we offer. Each Glass Background creates different Levels of Privacy.
Clear Glass Background
Here’s 3D Enhanced on a Clear Glass Background. This effect is considered semi-private, as the clear glass background areas of the glass will vary by design.
Next in line for our Semi-Private Effects, is a Gluechip Glass Background. The 3D Enhanced Effect, sandblasted design, is surrounded by a Gluechip Finish as the background. The Gluechip Finish is a beautiful, sparkling, fern-like texture. As a natural occurring process, Gluechip not only creates obscurity, but adds another element of beauty and lustre to the glass. Objects behind become blurred when 10-12” away from the glass. Design elements and the Gluechip Background, are separated by an 1/8” clear pinstripe. Objects can be seen when held right up against the glass, and if you approach the glass and peer thru, you can see thru the 1/8” clear pinstripes. For this reason, this glass is considered semi-private.
Frosted Glass Background
Finally, we have our 3D Enhanced Effect on a Frosted Glass Background, also known as a “Private Effect”. The Frosted Glass Finish creates 100% obscurity in the glass. Objects are only visible when pressed right up against the glass. Once a few inches away, objects can’t be seen at all. This makes it the perfect solution where you need privacy, without blocking light. So whether you need a little privacy or a lot, you can get just the right amount you need, through beautiful carved, and Frosted Glass art, by Sans Soucie. Rest assured no matter which effect you choose, your Sans Soucie Art Glass will bring a timeless, eye-catching, custom element to any area of your home.
About Sans Soucie Art Glass
Family owned and operated since 1976, Sans Soucie sets the industry standard for the highest quality design and execution of sandblast frosted, carved and hand painted glass both nation and worldwide. Choose from our vast collection of designs across every decor, or let us create a brand new one-of-a-kind designs per your specifications. Our frosted glass designs turn ordinary glass into art pieces that add a luxury element to your home, while creating the privacy you need. Truly art with a function, our etched glass designs diffuse light and reduce glare, while enhancing the look of your home with a unique, eye catching custom element. Not clip art or machine manufactured, each design is a uniquely handcrafted original work of art, custom designed for our distinguished clientele of homeowners and commercial developers.
Free shipping to most states, shipping both national and worldwide, all our glass is handmade and expertly packed in-house by our team of glass artisans and shipped from Palm Desert, California. Shop our most popular products like slab and prehung front doors, interior doors, pantry doors, glass front doors, glass interior doors, sliding glass barn doors, windows, shower doors, shower panels and shower enclosures, decorative mirrors, signs and glass tables.
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