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.

Tips For Picking The Right Glass Shower For Families With Kids


A glass shower door can really make a small bathroom look more open and bright. The clean lines and open glass also provide a clean, modern feel to the bathroom. Your one hesitation to upgrading to glass may be if you have children, due to safety and maintenance concerns. The following tips can help set these concerns to rest.

Tip #1: Choose a translucent glass

A major concern with glass doors and kids is that water and soap scum from messy bathers will build up on the glass, requiring near daily cleaning so that it looks nice. One method is to keep a squeegee in the shower for quick wipe downs after every use, but there is another option.  If you opt for translucent or frosted glass, a few fingerprints won't show, but you will still have the open feeling that glass gives as the light passes through. As an added benefit, you will still be able to maintain some privacy even if the kids come into the bathroom unannounced.

Tip #2: Pick the right style

There are many options when it comes to glass shower enclosures, such as frameless glass doors. The frameless option has cleaner lines and doesn't have frames or tracks to capture dirt, soap scum, or mold. But the main concern with frameless doors is that they can leak, which can be a major concern with kids. Framed doors are lighter weight and relatively leak proof, but the tracks can be more difficult to keep clean. One option is to have a rubber sill installed in the shower for a frameless door to rest against. This can prevent leakage, and the sill is easier to clean than the crevices in a frame.

Tip #3: Consider the safety features

A well made shower door isn't likely to shatter. To be extra safe, manufacturers use tempered glass so that there will be no sharp shards to cause injury just in case. You can install further safety features, as well. Soft close hinges are a good idea so that kids can't slam the shower door. It's also a good idea to install safety bars both inside and outside of the shower so that younger kids balance their weight on the bar instead of using the shower door to climb in and out of the enclosure. Not only does this make it easier and safer for the child, but it minimizes stress on the door and the hinges.

For more help, contact a shower enclosure contractor in your area such as Master Glass & Mirror LLC.


29 September 2016