The Coloured Glass Revolution
Over recent years there has been a revolution in the production of coloured glass.
Traditionally glassmakers would need to melt a furnace full of a given colour, this could be up to 100kgs worth of glass. If this was a specific colour then the customer would be required to take that full furnace batch of 100kgs which, from a customer’s point of view, can be problematic.
Large minimum order quantities to absorb the 100kgs.
Long lead times to secure a furnace for melting specific colours. Typically, this can be into months.
No Guarantee that the colour will be an exact match the customers’ requirements. Glass is a very technical process, and there are a number of factors that can affect the finished glass colour. So very often the final colour can vary somewhat, and even from the same batch, the colour of the forms can vary. See the images below.
Traditionally the only option to melt coloured glass was a spray colour. The old technology spray was very prone to scratching, and even washing the glass could remove the colour coating. This was not a satisfactory alternative, and quite rightly spray colour gained a very bad reputation, and even today the negativity surrounding sprayed glass remains.
The revolution in coloured glass has been only in the last few years and there are now serious alternatives to melting coloured glass, and that can offer customers excellent alternatives.
Consistent glass colours
Consistent glass quality
Smaller minimum order quantities
The options depend on the size and quantity of items required.