Learn to Blow Glass

Glass blowing is a wonderful hobby that results in some beautiful artwork for your home. My name is Natalie, and I started in glass blowing as a hobbyist, but now I teach classes in this skill. Some people think glass blowing is difficult or dangerous. That's not the case at all. As you build your skill level, you will find that you learn very quickly. In this blog, I will examine the misconceptions about glass blowing and teach you some of the techniques. I will also give you helpful tips about where to find a glass so you can practice this new skill yourself.

3 Things To Consider When Designing Your Custom Frameless Shower Enclosure


One of the first things that you notice when you walk into a bathroom is the shower. So, if you're updating your bathroom, you may want to start with the shower. If you would like to make your bathroom appear more open and elegant, a frameless shower enclosure may be just what you need. However, there are a few things you need to consider before you choose one.

The Door

One of the most important things you will need to decide is whether you want your door to swing open or whether you want it to utilize a sliding mechanism. As a general rule, frameless shower doors will be hinged so that they can swing open. However, there are some homeowners who prefer shower doors that slide open. In this case, a rail is installed on the ceiling and wheel assemblies are installed on the top of the shower door that will allow the shower door to slide open.

If you end up opting for a swinging door, you will need to decide whether you want a single door or a double door. Frameless glass doors are heavy, so the hinges will need to be secured through the tile and into a supporting stud in the wall.

The Glass

Next, you will need to decide if you would like to do anything special with the glass. While some homeowners prefer to leave the glass as-is, you can have the glass tinted, sandblasted or embossed with a special pattern. For example, if you're looking to create a contemporary look while also increasing your privacy while in the shower, you may want to consider ordering sandblasted or etched glass that obscures views and allows in dispersed light. Patterned and textured glass can help reduce transparency as well while adding visual interest to the glass. With the right pattern, such as waves, it can make the perfect addition to a spa-themed master bath.

The Water

When designing your enclosure, you also need to consider the problems that may arise after the shower is installed. For example, you don't want water going all over your bathroom floor. Therefore, you need to take precautions during the design phase to prevent this from happening. One way to do this is to direct any jets and shower heads away from the shower door and seams and instead direct them toward the back and side tile walls and panels.

Make sure that the shower floors are slightly slanted toward the shower drain to minimize water standing inside the shower. The same is true with the curb at the opening of the shower, as this will help keep water inside of the shower. Also, to help keep water from collecting on shower seats, you will want to make sure the seat is built at a slight slope toward the drain. For more information, talk to a professional like Alabama Glass Works Inc.


2 June 2016