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Ten Amazing Glass Etching Designs

The first time one sees a cathedral’s beautiful stained glass windows or the effect that glass can be put to on buildings like the Gherkin or Sage is a truly awe-inspiring experience. Decorative glass also extends to the process of etching, a method of carving or inscribing patterns into the material that produce amazingly attractive results. In the 1920s, etching was achieved through the application of hazardous hydrofluoric acid, the fluoridation of the silicon dioxide (glass) would cause the frosted translucency. Modern methods employ the safer technique of sandblasting. By using different grades of sand grain, the glass can be etched to varying depths with progressively sharper edges giving a very detailed and three dimensional effect. Today’s glass-etching artists have a new stylus in their armoury – the laser. With no sand dust, abrasive materials or acids, the laser is a tool that doesn’t wear out or pose a serious health risk. This first piece is by Kyle Hunter Goodwin who produces sand-carved etched glass art pieces that are often found on yachts and offices. This work is 21” wide and nearly half an inch thick. Source Steve Griffin is another artist whose art can be found enriching the decor [...]

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Posted July 20, 2012 by Peter Jacobs

Housing Crash: Biggest Losers in Real Estate – The Past Decade

It is understood, from our current side of the ledger, that “irrational exuberance” (to borrow a phrase from Alan Greenspan) was responsible for the grossly swollen housing bubble that left so many Americans in economic tatters in the first decade of the Third Millennium. History is still sorting out who was responsible for that mess, but by this time, we certainly understand who the victims were. In no particular order: 1. The West Cities like Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles went through a horrific period in which buyers would snap up a home, put in some flooring,re-do the kitchen and roll some paint, and then sell it for $150,000 more than they paid. This vicious cycle was known as “flipping”, and it made good money for those with the good sense to get out of the game in time…Still looking for those people… 2. Big Business Commercial real estate was beset by the same problems as the residential market – too much liquidity supplied by lenders and too many buildings going up in the same places at the same time. Now, there are still commercial buyers out there, but they’re not buying anymore even with favorable rates. This [...]

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Posted January 26, 2012 by Peter Jacobs

Prices of double glazing

For many people, double glazing prices seem a little costly from the beginning. But once you crunch the numbers correctly you’ll see that the savings you’ll enjoy from the very start will help make any difference in pricing over single glazed windows a much more palatable proposition. Perhaps the most beautiful thing about double glazing prices is that these online prices are an investment that will pay for itself in the future. In fact, this investment will end up saving you so much money over the years that it will actually pay you back with interest in energy savings alone. But the savings do not end with money shaved off monthly energy usage, consumption, and fees. It goes much deeper than that and can help preserve real money as well as important memories, pieces of the past, and gifts for the future. You see, double glazing windows can not only limit the amount of heat escaping your home but these windows also reduce the amount of UV light coming into your home. Each and every time sunlight steams in through your windows it is sending powerful and extremely damaging UV rays into your home. These rays ruin fabrics, fade paintings, [...]

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Posted by Peter Jacobs