Volume 45, Issue 4 - April 2010

Visual Effects
A special section of USGlass magazine

colorful glass

Explosive Color
Combining fantasy and function, Liquid Lava™ from Jockimo Inc. can be used in array of applications that burst to life when pressure is applied to the tiles, which have undergone high-pressure testing and are UL approved for safety and durability. The Liquid Lava itself is a non-toxic substance and the tile materials used are eco-friendly polycarbonate.

Liquid Lava is available in an array of standard colors or can be customized upon request. Likewise, a variety of tile shapes are also available. Corporate logos or photos can be placed inside the tiles as well.

In addition, Liquid Lava TransLava™ products provide a transparent background that comes to life with under-lighting and Living Surfaces™ Sketch™ tiles allow for handprints and footprints to appear in detail and slowly fade back into the tiles. The Liquid Lava products can also be used in applications such as bar tops, tabletops, counters, backlit panels, ceilings and more.

decorative door glass
Knock on This
Four new decorative door glass designs—the Mediterranean, Avalon, Prairie Bevel and Teton designs—are now available from ODL in Zeeland, Mich.

The Mediterranean option is characterized with old world style that features winsome wrought iron contours, stately arctic glass and refined antique elegance. The Avalon option has a classic, traditional design and features satin nickel caming, clear criss-crossed bevels and soft gray wave glass.

With a handcrafted-look, the new Prairie Bevel option features patina caming, clear bevels and Eaton glass, while the Teton door glass features satin nickel caming and clear bevels and has a contemporary style.

glass tiles
Get Planked
Crossville® based in Crossville, Tenn., has made its glass tile products available in plank shapes. Depending on the product selected, available widths include 2-3/4 inch, 3-3/4 inch, 5-3/4 inch or 7-3/4 inch. Lengths include 8-, 12-, 14-, 16-, 18-, 20- or 24-inches.

“With the growing popularity of plank shapes being used in tile installations, it was only natural for Crossville to look to its custom-cutting capabilities to respond to its customers’ needs,” says Frank Douglas, Crossville’s vice president of business development.

etched glass
Four New Selections
The Italian decorative glass company Omnidecor recently introduced its Elettra, a collection comprised of new formats and features that includes both flat surfaces as well as four different patterns: Barcode, Structure, Tree, Diamond.

In addition, the company says the colors of the collection are the result of highly sophisticated research. They present a chromatic range to diversify and combine the same nuances, with a sophisticated selection and alternating bright/opaque for an ever-appealing choreographic impact.

Hartung Glass Launches Decorative Glass Brand
Hartung Glass Industries has launched a new decorative glass product line under the brand name Hartung Studio. The company describes Hartung Studio as a line of products that represent “the nearly limitless combinations of color, translucence, texture, imagery and opacity that is created by blending Hartung’s IMPRESSIONS screened glass with IMPACT Decorative by Lami Glass.”

In addition, the company also developed a new website and eight-page color brochure that highlights its products and applications including IMPRESSIONS ceramic frit, SURESTEP stair treads and flooring, Viewcol high resolution film and TOTAL vision frameless entrances, doors and showers.

channel glass
Catch a Wave
Design professionals looking for dynamic glazed surfaces now have a new channel glass profile to choose from, the Pilkington Profilit™ wave from Technical Glass Products (TGP). According to company information, the wave-shaped channel glass system creates distinctive design optics and translucent surfaces for façades, interiors and object architecture.

The new system features a symmetrical ridge texture that can intensify color and light to form dramatic optical variations. When viewed laterally, joints between the glass channels “disappear” to yield a continuous surface appearance.

The creative profile design consists of self-supporting, ridged-cast glass channels in an extruded metal perimeter frame and is available in two color options: standard cast (patterned surface with slight green hue) and amethyst (patterned surface with slight blue hue). The new system is also compatible with standard Profilit channel glass systems.

stone alternatives
Solid Surfaces
Combining the practicality of glass, with the natural beauty of materials such as stone, granite or marble, Dreamwalls, part of the Gardner Glass family of products, has developed its Marble Glass. It is available in more than 60 designs taken from high resolution digital images using full-size slabs of stone and marble, and then technologically bonded to glass.

According to the company, the new marble glass products are durable, easy to install, non-porous and do not require additional sealing or periodic maintenance.

The product can be used in a variety of applications such as tiles, shower walls, cabinet doors, bath and toilet surrounds, back splashes, countertops, office partitions, as well as many others. It comes in 4- X 4-inch sizes up to 60- X 130-inches and can be fabricated as annealed, tempered and laminated glass. Safety-backing, hole-drilling, custom shapes, and finishing edge work are also optional.

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