Our Antiqued Mirror Glass & Verre Eglomisé Wall Panels, Tiles, Splashbacks and Ready to Hang Mirrors are hand silvered in our North Devon Workshop and Delivered Worldwide.
Rough Old Glass was born from the combined experience of two people... a Restorer & Conservator, who worked within the National Trust & English Heritage for over a decade in the fields of carving, gilding and furniture restoration and an Upholsterer & Dealer of Antique French Chairs & Mirrors.
For years we had sourced frames from France to restore, many of which had lost their original mirror plates. We developed our technique of hand silvering and distressing glass to replace the missing or broken originals.
We have handled countless pieces of antique mirror glass and this level of exposure to genuine aged glass has enabled us to produce a range of hand silvered, antiqued mirror glass finishes, which portray the unique qualities of old mirror glass.
Initially marketing our reproduction antiqued mirror glass to other Dealers and Restorers we quickly realised the potential for Rough Old Glass to be used as a decorative surface finish and it now appears in many private homes, bars, restaurants and hotels Worldwide and we now have a growing team including artists, gilders, restorers, welders and silverers. Previous projects include:
THE CHEMICAL SILVERING PROCESS
Our hand silvering process always starts with transparent glass. Any cutouts, holes, edge finishes and toughening are carried out by our trusted glass processor.
Once thoroughly cleaned we sensitise the glass to create an invisible chemical bond between the silver and the glass. For each batch of glass we mix a fresh silvering solution which is poured onto the clear glass. The silver deposits evenly to one surface of the glass, as the silver deposits we apply a resist to create thinner areas of silver through which the mirror backing paint eventually shows through as distressing.