Clear glass, most commonly used in today’s industry, and when viewed from a straight-on position, the glass appears to be clear. However, when clear glass is laid flat on another surface and/or viewed from the glass edges, the natural green tone in the glass is very visible. The natural green tone is created by the iron content in the glass and the thicker the glass, the greener it will appear. Kiln forming textures in clear glass, makes the green tone more evident. Nathan Allan uses clear glass when our clients want a deeper, richer tone in our textured glass products.
Low Iron glass means exactly what it states; low amounts of iron in the glass content. With up to 90% of the iron content removed, Low Iron glass loses its natural green tone, and becomes whiter in color. Depending upon the manufacture’s brand of low iron glass, or the specific production run, low iron glass will have a light Icy Blue or Icy Grey tone in the glass. Low Iron glass is often called “Crystal Clear Glass”. Nathan Allan uses low iron glass when our clients want a truly Crystal Clear textured glass, with no obvious tone in the glass. Low Iron glass often works better with lighter, or whiter colored, design elements. Nathan Allan will typically use low iron textured glass when we apply any of our vibrant color finishes onto the textured surface, as this glass allows the color finish to read accurately. (Clear glass can slightly change the color finish appearance)