• Creating Frosted Glass by Grinding

    One of the procedures, during which masterpieces of frosted decorative glass are created, is its grinding.

    Glass grinding is a mechanical or manual glass processing operation, a type of abrasive treatment. The basis of the grinding tool are grains of abrasive material that perform the functions of micro-cutters, which accomplish micro-cutting of the material being processed and plastic deformation of its surface layer.

    Smooth Grinded Glass
    Smooth Grinded Glass

    In some cases, for special decorative purposes, they use, for example, hard granular sand or harder emery, pour it onto a hard surface and rub the processed glass object on it. Angular grains, rolling between both surfaces, produce a large number of blows, from which prominent places of these surfaces are gradually destroyed, and the grinding grains themselves are rounded and split into pieces.
    Frosted Grinded Glass Pony
    Frosted Grinded Glass Pony

    If one of the surfaces is soft, the grains are pressed into it, remain motionless, and produce a series of parallel scratches on the second surface. Thus, you can get either a matte surface, covered with uniform pits or the so-called “stroke”, which gives the surface shine, turning into polishing, when the stroke is so small that it becomes invisible to the eye. So, when grinding two glass plates, one against the other with emery, both turn out to be frosted, and the same emery, being glued to the surface of the paper, will give a shine to the friction on the glass surface.
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