T he appliqué technique is where the pieces are cut and the edges polished before being bonded to clear plate glass using clear epoxy resin. This is good for more complex work and creates a modern look. On toughened glass it is particularly suitable for entrance doors and hallways. Examples of my work using this technique are the following:
This panel was made for a front door and shows the cycle of water from evaporation to precipitation. It measures 35cm square. Appliqué glass is made by cutting pieces of glass, polishing the edges and then adhering them to a clear glass background. In the case of a larger door panel, this would be toughened glass. However the glass can also be mounted behind an existing clear glass window, as it was in this instance.
This small panel was commissioned as a wedding present and features 3 cocktail glasses with sandblasted details on the lemon slice, cherry, and parasol. There is a setting sun in the background. This is appliqué – cut coloured glass pieces bonded to a clear glass backing sheet.
For a light filled contemporary entrance without the heavy lead outlines of traditional glass, Appliqué glass is a very good option. The design is made with spaces between the cut and polished pieces of glass that appear as clear lines once bonded to a piece of toughened backing glass. This entrance door was designed for a town house in Oxford and has a running path border appearing and disappearing between the panels.