How to Buy Seeded Glass


Seeded glass was a popular material used during the 1700s for lanterns and other types of glassware. The glass was also known as flat glass because the makers created a flat piece of pressed glass, as opposed to rounded blown glass. Modern-day seeded glass is made to look like the original pieces, complete with a slightly wavy pattern and small, rounded pieces that look like imperfections, but actually mimic the original look of the glass. Flat or seeded glass panes are now available for doors, armoires, kitchen cabinets and even windows.

  • Measure the size of the piece of seeded glass that you need for your project. Many companies offer specialty sizes, in addition to traditional sizes. You may find that the company offers standard size pieces for doors and windows, but also offer custom sizes for different pieces, which means the company cuts and crafts the piece of glass exactly to your specifications. When working with window or door panes, measure the size of the glass, instead of the opening. The glass pieces are slightly larger than the opening, which adds room for the caulk or frame.

  • Find sellers offering seeded glass for sale. Many glass stores now offer replacement pieces in different sizes and styles, including those listed at Thomas Net. Contact the seller or look for a website that lists details about ordering glass pieces and buying specific styles.

  • Choose among the different styles offered to find the one that best matches your project. While traditional seeded glass has one specific look, manufacturers are now offering different types of glass, such as seeded glass with smaller or larger dots. Heavy seeded glass for example, has larger dots that almost obscure the view through the glass.

  • Place an order with the company or individual, based on the custom size you need. While the company may list the different styles on its website, you still need to place your order with an operator or representative. This ensures that the company receives the right dimensions and that you get the exact size you need.

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