What is Glass?
Archeologists and historians have deduced that such transparent materials were even used in mosaics as long ago as as 2500 BC (The first evidence of primitive is actually from 3500 BC)
Silica is the main chemical component of glass it is a very unique medium to use in art, half solid and half liquid, sometimes transparent, sometimes opaque, strong yet fragile, clear or colored. The most basic form of production comes from the heating of silica rich sand particles to very high temperatures until they melt and bond together creating a continous, transparent and brittle sheet like structure.
Probably the first discovery of how to produce it came when small quantites of sand got heated accidently in the fires used for cooking and warmth by ancient peoples.
From immense and imposing cathedral windows down to delicate hand blown ornaments, it comes in many forms and uses. Once the preserve of the elite and powerful in society (ie the churches), it is now a material that is increasingly accessible to the masses. Using it in your home can create an unusual and attractive, dynamic quality to your interior decor. It is something some people may not be bold enough to try using. But if you are adventurous it can really create an element of light and color that few other homes posess.
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