СRYSTAL COLOR - New technology of artistic glass processing.
Author: Vasily Alekseevich Lyadnov
For a long time I was just a reader of your site, and now I decided to write myself. I represent not just a business idea, but a quite successfully operating, registered business .
The thing I'm doing is as old as the world, this is glass processing, it would seem that there might be a new one? It turned out that he could. About everything in order.
I started, as, probably, many in this area ( artistic processing of glass ), c banal sandblast. Many probably know what it is like to treat an unprotected glass or mirror surface with an air-sand jet of high pressure, resulting in a matte pattern on the surface of the glass or mirror, which gives the product an additional aesthetic value.
I will not enumerate how many kinds of glass products can be made or decorated with the help of this technology - there are quite a few of them. But, after working out for a while sandblasting, talking with the managers of furniture companies, mainly with the manufacturers of cabinet furniture and wardrobes, I found out that the customers want something new, ask them to apply color images to the same mirrors for the wardrobes , banal matte sandblast to customers already tired, the demand for similar services began to fall, and as a consequence, the price.
I had to think about it: either continue to pursue an unpromising course, or look for something new. I tried, I experimented, I applied paint to the sandblast drawings on the glass, various varnishes, primers, but everything was different, the result I was dissatisfied, the image was washed off, or cracked, it was still "on the glass", and therefore subject to mechanical or atmospheric effects or humidity, that is essentially short-lived. The gluing of color films was rejected immediately - that is not to say, but it is an ersatz, cheap. I wanted to do something real. I began to study special literature on the processing of glass, but everything that came across it was either already used in production, or was too expensive to put into practice.
One time, in one magazine, I came across an article about ancient methods of artistic glass processing , it was about various types of stained glass, the history of their creation. And very little was mentioned about the method of processing glass, which is now practically not used, is actually forgotten. I grabbed this thread, started looking on the Internet, but, unfortunately, there was so little information that I had to think out a lot myself. Everything had to be tried again, and different equipment, and materials. I set myself the task: to unify this ancient technology to modern glass processing facilities and materials. As time has shown, I achieved this.
I called this technology Crystal Color , the fact is that the structure of the color image, "embedded" in the glass structure, resembles small crystals, and looks very impressive (when the finished product receives a beam of sunlight, there is a "metallic" flicker small lights). And most importantly - high-quality color images are located not on the surface of the product, but are "embedded" in its structure, that is, in the glass itself, and the surface of the glass or mirror itself serves as a natural protection against mechanical or other influences, that is, the product can be wiped , wash without restrictions, hang in the bathroom - humidity is not a hindrance.
Many may think that this is the sintering of glass - it's not so, I do not heat the glass by a degree, it's as they say, quite from another opera.
Another nuance - the technology allows you to create in the glass of large objects or images, both monochrome and color, to impart certain effects to the image using foil metal.
Now I have put the production of this product on a small serial stream. The products are so unusual and beautiful that the local regional TV company asked me to remove the program about my products and production. I am now considering this proposal.
More about the products: these are ordinary (more unusual) mirrors for interiors, mirrors for furniture and wardrobes, glass and mirror facades for furniture, surprisingly beautiful glass tabletops for tables, both with wooden and metal, and with forged metal legs, various inserts for sliding and swing doors and much more.
The cost of production is as follows : the cost of producing one square meter of products is up to 800 rubles, and the selling price is from 4000 rubles for the same meter, and as the saying goes, the products are in great demand, I'm already thinking about expanding.
By the way, despite all my searches, I found only one company working on similar technology (for similar, but not such). It is located in Moscow, and their prices start at $ 500. per square meter! And the customers have more than enough! But their method has a significant drawback, which is devoid of Crystal Color technology.
But the main thing that I managed to achieve is the simplicity of the technological cycle . Production can be placed on 15 squares of free space, materials and equipment are the most common and inexpensive, in 15-20 thousand rubles it is quite possible to meet, the beginner will master this technology for one, as they say, a day.
Production can be adjusted for days to ten, and most importantly, there is almost no competition , since these products favorably differ from products made using other technologies.