Faceted Art Glass
1. What is faceted (dalle de verre) art glass?
Faceted glass is architectural art glass made from pieces of glass 8″ x 10″ x 3/4″ thick. It is also called dalle de verre, (French for “salbs of glass). These slabs are cut or broken into smaller pieces that are then arranged into the desired design on a flat surface. The edges of the glass are chipped or “faceted” to bend light rays like lenses for interesting effects. Epoxy grout is poured between the pieces. When hardened, the entire assembly becomes a solid architectural wall component.
2. What are applications for faceted glass?
We focus on windows and panels for architectural applications like churches and public spaces like train stations, hotels, etc.
Some of the other possibilities are lobby, entry and foyer systems, sidelights, transoms, doors, skylights, signs, brand insignias, restaurant panels, wall murals, ceiling-mounted murals, light boxes, decorative store fronts, privacy panels, room dividers, bathroom enclosures, furniture and office fixtures, and retail artwork.
3. How are the pieces of glass held together?
No lead is required in the faceted glass technique. The art glass layer is assembled on a table top and epoxy grout is poured between the pieces, solidifying the entire assembly into a single rigid architectural component.
4. How long has this kind of glass been around?
The faceted technology has been used in architectural applications for over 70 years. Improvements have been made in the binding material over the years. Originally portland cement was used as the grout, but this was later changed to an epoxy compound that better matches the expansion characteristics of glass.
5. What kind of longevity does it have?
From a chemistry standpoint, the constituent materials are designed to withstand deterioration and decomposition indefinitely. From a fabrication standpoint, the technique does not rely upon materials that can fade, malleable framing systems that bow and stretch (like lead), or the brittle nature of thinner (1/8″) stained glass. This helps preserve the art glass over the long term.
6. How does this faceted glass compare in price to other forms of art glass?
The faceted technique compares very favorably. While it is possible for this technique to produce works of art more costly than traditional stained glass, on similar designs, it usually comes less costly than traditional stained glass. This comes primarily from the lower labor requirements of the technique itself.
7. What factors impact the cost of faceted glass?
The fabrication cost is primarily a function of the overall window size, the size of each panel and the complexity of the design (number of separate pieces of glass required). The more complex the image, the greater is the cost per square foot. Design, framing and installation are additional value components which can be handled by Dazzle Glazz Studio or by others, but are essential to a successful project.