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Crystal Clear: A Blog About The Wonderful World Of Glass

I first fell in love with glass when I was ten years old. My mother took me to see a wonderful recital where the pianist was playing a glass piano. I was mesmerised by the way the piano shone and sparkled as it reflected the stage lights. I could never have imagined such a glamorous object. Ever since then, i have been fascinated by different types of glass. From stained glass panels to one-way mirrors, my eyes will always notice the glass fixtures in a room first. Recently, I ate at a restaurant in Japan where the entire floor was made of patterned glass. Needless to say, I was too excited to eat! This blog is for those who are looking for glass items and glass lovers like myself. I hope it gives you a peek into the wonderful world of glass and the options out there. Please tread carefully.


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What gear to use when performing your own glass repair

by Ellen Jokinen

Repairing glass windows is usually not the simplest form of home maintenance you can perform. In most cases the best solution is to get a professional glazier to perform the repairing for you. This is especially true if the damage is severe or if the window is placed in an awkward or hard to reach position. However, if you are confident that you can perform a glazier's work without damaging the window or yourself, it is possible to perform glass repair by yourself. A very important thing to remember if you opt to do this is, however, that you make sure you have all the safety gear needed to do a glass repair without hurting yourself.

Using gloves

The most important protective gear you can use to make sure your glass repair is performed as safely as possible is gloves. As you are working with sharp material with your hands, good gloves are of vital importance. The gloves need to be thick enough for you not to cut yourself on any broken pieces of glass, but thin enough for you to not lose any mobility in your hands or fingers. Make sure you have gloves made from a chemical resistant material, as you don't want your skin to get soaked in solvents that could damage your skin inside the gloves. Also make sure they also protect your wrist, as only wearing a long sleeved shirt won't protect against cuts.

Grinding or cutting glass

If you need to grind or cut the glass, you need to protect yourself from the tiny particles of glass accumulating in the air. Therefore, you need to use safety goggles when performing any of these procedures. You should wear safety goggles at all times when working with glass, but it is of extra importance in these instances. You should also get a respirator, or a mask, that covers your mouth and prevents glass to get into your airways, where they can cause a lot of damage in your internal organs.

Working at heights

If you need to work at heights, you should also protect yourself from falling. This is one of the instances where you should hire a professional glazier to do the job for you, as they are used to working under these conditions and have the appropriate safety material in case they were to fall off a ladder. However, if you find yourself working on a ladder, you should make sure to wear boots that have a good hold on the ladder. You should also consider wearing a helmet. If the fall isn't too high, your body might not get irreversibly damaged if you fall, but your head is more difficult to make such assumptions for, and you should make sure to protect it.