A Cutting Edge

Impress homeowners and their guests by pushing the limits of design with Studio G3 Glass. Studio G3 specializes in custom-made art glass pieces for various applications throughout a home.

“We custom-make applications for doors, windows, countertops, back-splashes, tiles, shower enclosures and pretty much anything that glass can be applied to,” says Cris Florentino, project coordinator.

Studio G3 Glass uses two different techniques to produce its glass: kiln forming and sand-carving. “Kiln-forming, or slumping, is achieved by heating the glass in a kiln to temperatures high enough that the glass becomes soft and slumps over a mold. The finished panel assumes the shape of the mold and the entire glass appearance becomes obscure,” Florentino says. “Sand-carving, also known as sandblasting, involves an application of compressed air mixed with sand to the surface of the glass to create textures. Etching is done deeper and in layers resulting in a matte, multi-dimensional effect.”

Clear glass is used for most projects unless otherwise specified by a client. For kiln-formed pieces, back-painting, airbrushing or faux marble finishes can be applied after they have been created. For sand-carved pieces, colors can be applied by airbrushing after they have been through the sand-carving process.

Studio G3 works closely with designers or homeowners to brainstorm design ideas. “We offer standard textures for both slumped and sandblasting techniques, and we are able to combine textures to produce a unique design,” Florentino says. “Patterns and designs are virtually unlimited.”

Studio G3 requires certain information before quoting a client: thickness (6mm to 19mm); approximate size, length, width or shape; technique (slumping or sandblasting); glass fabrication (holes or cutouts, edgework, curving, bending or tempering); additional treatments (back-painting, faux-marble finish, airbrushing); and hardware.

Studio G3 adds that architects should be aware that the glass products are not only decorative but also architectural. “Our products can be applied to any structure — anywhere that needs an artistic touch,” Florentino says. “Products can be tempered to meet standard building codes and can be made four to five times stronger.”

For more information on Studio G3 Glass and its products’ applications, please visit www.studiog3glass.com

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