Volume 37, Issue 11, November 2002
|Pulp Studio Offers Made-to-Order Decorative Glass
Elroy’s Restaurant in San Francisco utilizes glass from Pulp Studio Inc. of Los Angeles (at left and on the cover). The company says its glass is laminated safety glass with a variety of decorative and graphic interlayers; the type of interlayer depends on the final effect required.
According to Pulp Studio, it offers unlimited design capabilities, which include laminated glass that offers textures, colors, graphics, photographic elements and a variety of other substrates. Pulp’s glass can be fabricated to meet the specific needs of customers and each piece of glass is individually fabricated to size from customer’s specifications, according to the company.
New Tool From Glastar Is A Real Blast
Chatsworth, Calif.-based Glastar has announced the development of the Siphon bottle blaster, a low-cost alternative to traditional engraving. Featuring pencil-style gun assembly and a foot-operated on/off switch, the Siphon bottle blaster operates at 80-90 psi at 2 CFM.
A .060 ceramic tip and safety goggles are included with the tool and a .060 carbide tip is also available for order.
|General Glass Adds Texture To Existing Lines
General Glass International (GGI) of New Rochelle, N.Y., has added a variety of acid-etched patterned glass and heavy-patterned glass to its current offerings.
Patterns available from General Glass include (from left to right) Bamboo, Bead and Stripes.
More than 25 patterns in acid-etched glass are currently available for use in doors, cabinets, shower doors and partitions. Mattglass looks similar to sandblasted or ground glass, but has a more uniform finish and resists staining. Mattglass is available on clear float 3, 5, 6 and 8 millimeters thick and can be laminated, tempered, fabricated and insulated.
Satin Etch offers the same advantages of Mattglass with a refined finish. Satin Etch is available in clear, bronze, gray, green and blue float glass 6, 8, 10, 12, and 19 millimeters thick.
GGI’s heavy-patterned glass is designed for use in frameless shower doors, furniture, entrance doors and commercial applications. Available in 17 new patterns, the heavy-patterned glass is ready for immediate shipment in thicknesses of 3/8-inch, ½-inch and ¾-inch.
Art Sculpture Offers Hope and Healing
When the Forsyth Regional Cancer Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., wanted a sculpture that would “make a statement and give a message of hope and healing” the director of the center called John Kuhn, an accomplished glass sculptor.
The piece, which took a year to complete, is titled “Hope and Healing” and is symbolic of the center’s mission. Seven overlapping ribbons of color adorn the upper center of the piece: red for AIDS-related cancers, pink for breast cancer, aqua for ovarian and uterine cancers, purple for pancreatic cancer, royal blue for colon cancer and light blue for prostate cancer.
Small cubes of core material float above and below the ribbon cluster, while three smaller wedges of colored glass, gold leaf and clear glass, appear on either side of the ribbon cluster. The finished piece stands 34 inches tall by 16 inches wide and contains more than one thousand individual pieces of glass.
tools and supplies
Richter’s Suction Frame Gives Dead Weight A Lift
Richter Enterprises Corp. of Newnan, Ga., now offers the accumulator powered suction frame ADK V 500. Designed for mobile use in the shop or at a construction site, a rechargeable accumulator powers a vacuum pump that enables a load to be lifted up to 300 times using a single charge.
Using a hydraulic pump, the suction frame can be tilted and rotated to achieve safe handling of heavy glass lites and secure material grip. The frame can lift up to 1,000 pounds and its size can be adjusted to accommodate various applications.
Brighton Glass Offers Slic-Rak
Brighton Glass Co. of New Brighton, Pa., offers the Slic-Rak, a new glass handling system. According to the company, the Slic-Rak is built with ¼-inch-thick extruded structural grade aluminum for strength and equipped with a rust-resistant bolt and wingnut assembly. An extra-long bolt provides an instant handle for gripping while tightening the wingnut. In addition, the company says the Slic-Rak is light-weight and is approximately 4 inches long, 6 inches high and 2¼ inches wide.
Petersen Adds New ColorsTo Aluminum Line-Up
Based in Elk Grove Village, Ill., Petersen Aluminum Corp. announced that it has added three new PAC-CLAD® colors to its current offerings of 33 standard colors on steel and 27 standard colors on aluminum. The new colors available on 24-gauge steel include patina green, award blue and weathered zinc. Additionally, five new colors are now available on .032 and .050 gauge aluminum. The added hues offered are copper penny, terra cotta, champagne, zinc and aged copper.
All colors and gauges are available in panel lengths up to 55 feet. Custom-ordered, longer lengths are also available by contacting the factory.
|adhesives and sealants
Viracon Introduces Gray Sealant as a Standard Feature
Viracon has introduced a new gray silicone sealant to its line of insulating glass products.
“The design community wanted a sealant that wasn’t as visible and offers less contrast then the standard black silicone sealant,” said the company’s technical director Rick Voelker. Gray sealant now gives designers and architects the ability to create a more seamless aesthetic in their buildings, he said.
Viracon’s gray and black silicone are both made of the same Dow Corning 982 structural silicone, which has been used by Viracon for the past 20 years. As a result, the structural performance and the long-term durability of the primary and secondary seal of Viracon’s insulating glass unit when using gray sealant is unchanged.
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