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    • Opening Hours
    • Mon 8.00 – 12.30
    • Tue 8.00 – 12.30
    • Wed 8.00 – 12.30 / 14.30 – 19.00
    • Tue 8.00 – 12.30 / 14.30 – 19.00
    • Fri 8.00 – 12.30 / 14.30 – 19.00
    • Sat 8.00 – 12.30
    Vetro Art snc di Artioli Giorgio & C.
    Via Aldo Moro, 33
    42124 – Reggio Emilia
    Tel. 0522 921378

Techniques


Vetro Art. Techniques used in Production

We combine experience and tradition to create unique and very personal items. The high quality of the glass items made by Vetro Art is the result of the expertise and skills of the artists who work here, using time-honoured and modern techniques. We regularly make Tiffany glass and leaded glass, Dallas glass, frosted glass, fused glass and use the Flemish grisaille technique to make our windows and glass items.

 

TIFFANY GLASS

This glass working technique got its name from the famous American artist L.C. Tiffany who invented a new way of making lamps and windows at the end of the 19th century. The process consists of cutting out small pieces of glass from slabs of coloured paste before linking them together around the edge with a copper strip and then soldering the various pieces together. This technique was very successful because it became possible to create numerous pieces in lots of different colours in the same window, making the end result look like a multicoloured picture and achieving an astonishing effect.

 

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LEADED GLASS

This is the most ancient technique of glass decoration and was first invented by the Arabs before the tenth century when they embedded small pieces of coloured glass into mortar, however it developed as we know it in Europe during the Middle Ages. In Italy, the oldest examples of leaded glass were made by German craftsmen and can still be admired in Aosta Cathedral and in the Church of St. Francis in Assisi.

The technique consists of inserting pieces of coloured glass paste into lead cames to make up the required design, before soldering the cames together.

 

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DALLAS

Dallas windows are made by assembling very thick pieces of coloured glass using special resins. This type of window is ideal for structural windows or for use out of doors.

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FROSTING

Glass gets a frosted appearance by blasting it with sand; a sandblasting tool is attached to a compressor that produces a jet of fine- or coarse grained sand that gives the glass its permanent, opaque appearance.

 

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FUSED GLASS

Glass fusing is a process that uses special kilns to alter the structure of flat glass. The technique can be used to make either windows or other items with exciting effects, overlapping layers of different colours, using grit, strands or special colours.

 

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GRISAILLE

Grisaille is a French word that indicates an ancient technique of painting on the inside surface of glass to add paint effects that would otherwise be impossible because of the uniform colour of glass. After spreading out the grisaille, the artist then creates the desired effect by scratching out and removing parts; the painting is fixed later by firing it at a very high temperature.

 

grisaglia GRISAGLIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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