Archive | September, 2011

Between the sheets – the art of lamination

30 Sep

Back painted glass

Capturing and immortalising a perfect image is a challenge for any artist, and to some extent, it’s also the mission that faces the architect – devise the ideal building concept, work out how it can be realised, and perhaps more importantly, select the materials that will ensure that it stays that way for centuries. A tall order, even if it isn’t a tall building.

Artists differ widely, working in a whole raft of materials; paint, metal, ceramics, stone, plastics, acrylic, pottery, wood, textiles and yes, glass. Architects often favour particular materials too, though it’s fair to say that most would include glass in their list of favourites.

These days we can actually use glass to assist in that most tricky of endeavours – realising a great design and preserving it for perpetuity. The selection of materials that can be used to create a building has never been wider, but glass is still one of the most important, especially now that it can offer so many more characteristics.

By laminating with technical interlayers, we can provide fire resistance, impact resistance, ballistic resistance, instant privacy and high security as well as its basic characteristics of being scuff resistant, dust resistant and waterproof – if need be, all in one panel. In terms of adding colour and other design elements, this is invaluable as the interlayer can be joined by any number of added extras to introduce colour and design.

Using the art of encapsulation, as it is known, we can place small or slender items of any medium between layers of glass, sealing them in, and preserving their beauty for ever and making unique, bespoke, designer laminated glass. This can include colour (and that itself encompasses everything from transparent, coloured Vanceva® interlayers to solid blocks of colour or a corporate logo); but it can mean much, much more. It could also include natural items such as skeleton leaves, graphic designs (full colour printed manifestation), films, metal fixings, LED lights, fabrics, paper or wood; any material with which an artist might like to work; and a few others besides. The only real limits are the imagination of the designer and the size of the object to be encapsulated.

Panels prepared by the laminating method can be used in a multiplicity of ways, especially when created using toughened glass, which is up to five times stronger than ordinary annealed glass. Designer laminate can make up screens, doors, furniture, tiles and splash backs, work tops, signage, table tops, corporate art, exhibition displays, lighting, partitioning, balustrades, stair treads and flooring.

We could say that this only scratches the surface of what can be achieved; but that’s the whole point, it won’t scratch or fade or spoil – it will stay as beautiful as the day we encapsulate it for you.

Now that has to appeal to any artistic soul – and all the practical ones too.

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A sample of privacy

28 Sep

Now that ESG Polyvision™, the largest sized privacy glass, has hit the UK, leading glass processors, ESG, have seen a demand for samples from architects and specifiers.

For a cost of £200, which is refunded upon receipt of the first order, ESG are sending out samples of the glass, which is competitively priced to meet the demand for refurbishment projects.

Samples can be ordered by simply visiting the ‘Let’s Get Technical’ section of the newly launched ESG Polyvision™ website (www.esgpolyvision.co.uk), which also provides a thorough overview of current trends in the usage of privacy glass.

Check out our new intruder resistant glass video made onsite.

21 Sep

See just how tough our ESG Secure LPS1270 Glass is!

The team at ESG had so much fun making this video at ESG HQ last month. Watch how easy it is to penetrate anti bandit glass commonly used in shopfronts and then see how difficult it is to get through our ESG Secure LPS1270.

Did you know we now offer Sentry Glass®?

19 Sep

 

 

View our Certificate here

ESG are proud to announce that we have passed the qualification process for SentryGlass® by Dupont™ and now can offer it to you our valued customers. So what makes this interlayer so great?

 DuPont™ SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayers help create lighter, safer, more structural glass that can stand up to greater loads and higher threat levels. Taking advantage of the interlayer’s extra rigidity and toughness, structural glass systems — from floors and stairs to balcony rails and minimally supported glass canopies — can enjoy new design freedom.

The SentryGlas® interlayer is five times stronger and up to 100 times stiffer than conventional laminating materials. With this kind of strength the glass can be a more active structural element in the building envelope, opening up design possibilities that didn’t exist before. Besides its strength, SentryGlas® retains its clarity – even after years of service. Unlike other interlayers, SentryGlas® is much less vulnerable to moisture exposure or yellowing over time.

Limitless possibilities
Some of the many DuPont™ SentryGlas® applications include:

Visit us at www.esguk.co.uk for more information

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