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glass on line

Post by sunr.. » Mon, 06 Jan 1997 04:00:00



Why isn't there a site where I can see glass online and order it?  Why
don't glass companies publish full color glass catalogs so we can order
glass by mail?  These seem like the most basic of services that they
could offer...

 
 
 

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Post by JR04 » Mon, 06 Jan 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
>Why isn't there a site where I can see glass online and order it?  Why
>don't glass companies publish full color glass catalogs so we can order
>glass by mail?  These seem like the most basic of services that they
>could offer...

This would be great.  Hopefully there some glass companies listening
(reading?)

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Post by Codyha » Mon, 06 Jan 1997 04:00:00


Most glass companies don't deal direct with "small" buyers.  So your best
bet is to order wholesale from a glass distributor.  You can get glass
color charts from your distributor.  Sometimes, they give them to you
free; others will charge you a nominal chart.  Unfortunately, color charts
can be deceiving.  Another alternative is to order the color sample bundle
- where they send you a bundle of all the available colors in 4 to 6"
pieces.  That way you can see the actual color and order them.  I know
that Arrow Springs, Sundance, Hot Glass, Art Glass Center all carry
bundles of the Moretti/Effetre glass rods.  I'm not sure about the
American companies, such as Bullseye.

 
 
 

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Post by CHurtenba » Mon, 06 Jan 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

>Why isn't there a site where I can see glass online and order it?  Why
>don't glass companies publish full color glass catalogs so we can
order
>glass by mail?  These seem like the most basic of services that they
>could offer...

Check out the web site for Spectrum glass.  They have an online
catalog, though you would still have to order from a retailer or
distributer.(http//www.spectrumglass.com)  I know other companies have
web pages but I haven't gotten to them yet myself.
Cynthia
 
 
 

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Post by mikefi.. » Tue, 07 Jan 1997 04:00:00


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>Why isn't there a site where I can see glass online and order it?  Why
>don't glass companies publish full color glass catalogs so we can order
>glass by mail?  These seem like the most basic of services that they
>could offer...

  The simple answer is that it takes a huge effort to get good photographs
and scans of large sheets of glass, so as to show the effects.  These
scans take large amounts of memory and long times to send over the
Internet.  The colors that show up on your screen may not match the color
of the glass depending on how you adjust your monitor.  Having ordered the
glass based on what you saw, you may wish to return it when it doesn't
match.  One person on CompuServe began scanning selected portions of glass
to put on a CD-ROM so that people could design stained glass using a
computer with cut and paste software.  A few scans were uploaded which I
have.  They are nice.  But the effort to do them was very large and the
project dropped.
  Delphi Stained Glass, which has much more control over what you see in
their catalog (by looking at the printed copy before mailing) lists 35-60
colors and combinations per page/maker over a twenty or more pages and
still only prints a few samples with warning that colors are approximate.
  The people who make money for the stained glass companies are the big
users and the retail stores that buy the glass by the case.  They know
there are variations in color and buy a good selection.  If you want to
select glass by the piece, go to a good retailer where you will see the
color and pattern and can pick the pieces you want for your projects.

 Mike Firth, Hot Bits furnace glassblowing newsletter