In case you are planning on investing on glasses for the beautification of your house, you should definitely consider tempering them for safety purposes as well. Aside from its aesthetic impact, a tempered glass is known for being child-friendly which is why it is a popular choice on households that have kids running around and playing. Tempered glasses do not shatter into many pieces when broken which can be very risky. They are dangerous to children when stepped on especially those that do not wear protective gears on their foot such as slippers and shoes.
Although tempering methods and processes are usually done at the manufacturing companies prior to the display and selling of the products, you can always temper glasses on your own. Basically, tempering glasses only requires and involves sudden heating and cooling processes done on the glass material. Any quick changes in temperature will alter the molecular configuration of any type of glass that you want to temper. The process changes the property of the glass making it more resistant to heat which allows painted materials on glasses to last longer on a tempered glass than that on a normal glass. Below are the processes involved.
- Planning and Preparation – first of all, you should know a few things regarding tempering aside from the method that you need in order to make one yourself. Tempering does not allow you to cut the glass afterwards as it becomes brittle and does break quite easily as compared to the normal glass. This is due to the intrinsic molecular changes on the glass which prevents any amendment to the physical properties of the glass. For this reason, the preparation and planning stage is very important for you to decide whether you need to cut the glass into designs or not before you begin with the tempering process. The preparation phase also allows you to inspect the glass material that you will be tempering. Make sure to sand the coarse edges using sandpapers until they become smooth in order to avoid problems in the future.
- Temper Glass – while wearing protective gears such as the hand gloves and the eye goggles, slowly and gently lay down the glass on the kiln. Maintain a temperature of about 600 degrees Fahrenheit in order to successfully temper the glass. By the time the glass has developed a film-like coating, carefully remove and pull it out of the kiln using the tongs.
- Cool Glass – pull out the glass from the kiln using tongs in order for you to properly handle and move the object safely. Be very careful while handling the tempered material to avoid any accidents during the process.
- Inspect Project – after it has cooled down and can be handled or touched, it is now time for you to check for quench marks which are signs that the glass has been successfully tempered. In case there are no significant marks on the glass, it basically means that the right temperature has not been acquired. In case you see these markings all over the material, you can now use the tempered glass as it has successfully passed the process.
Glasses can transform your house into a more attractive abode. With tempered glasses, your home will appear more classy and elegant. However, be careful with glasses. Choose the types that don’t break easily and have safety features that will not pose a threat to you and your family.