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10 Types of Glass to Consider for Your Next Restoration Project

Sep 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by Greg Martell

Glass restoration project

Be it china cabinet passed down through the generations to an historic building, tackling a restoration project of any size is an exercise in commitment. 

Reviving an old piece of furniture or entire building to closely resemble its original appearance is all about attention to detail. From colors and materials to design and finishes, the choices you make in your restoration project matter

With countless options, patterned glass is a material that allows you to truly pay homage to another era without sacrificing appearance or authenticity. 

How Patterned Glass is Used in Restoration Projects

From a practical standpoint, patterned glass is used two ways in restoration:

  • Recreate a certain aesthetic
  • Replacing damaged or missing elements of a piece 

For instance, original, wooden window frames may have rotted out or have panes of glass missing. While impossible to salvage, custom built frames that pay homage to the past -- constructed to look exactly as their original predecessors, glass included. 

On the same token, existing glass on site may have been replaced with “new glass” -- ruining the integrity of the historical aesthetic. Just like in creating, you may be interested in swapping out that “new glass” for more antique looking panes.

Whatever the reason for tackling a restoration, one of your first considerations is to find a patterned glass that “fits” the vision for the final product. 

It’s also worthing exploring how embellishments to patterned glass, such as edgework, V-grooving, or beveling, give a piece the right finishing touch. 

10 Patterned Glass Styles for Restoration Projects 

The right patterned glass choice can truly “make” a restoration project.  

Depending on the style, patterned glass lends itself to:

  • Achieving a vintage aesthetic for restoration of older pieces
  • Allowing a burst of light into a dark space
  • Adding soft, delicate highlights to beautify an interior

Here are 10 patterned glass styles to consider for your restoration project: 

  1. Artique 
  2. Clear Seedy
  3. English Reeded
  4. Floralite
  5. German Antique
  6. Glue Chip Single Chip
  7. Light Restoration 
  8. Reamy
  9. Seedy 
  10. Circa 1800 Glass 


1. Artique 

This patterned glass has subtle striations which wink at you from every angle. Artique has a gentle, yet arresting effect that brings understated bursts of quiet color to any room. 

Artique is available in a thickness of 3.0 mm with panes to 26” × 72”. It is not temperable.

2. Clear Seedy 

Instead of a complete Seedy pane, Clear Seedy contains a spectrum of light that adds a unique focal point. This is a random pattern, so each piece is a distinctive work of art. 

This pattern is available in 1/8″ thickness and is not suitable for applications where tempered glass is required. 

3. English Reeded 

English Reeded features clearer panels with reeded patterns that run the length of the glass (either vertical or horizontal). This textured glass adds a dramatic dash to cabinets, glass walls or doors. 

Available in 5/32″ and 1/4″ thicknesses, with reeds that are 1/2″ wide.

4.  Floralite 

This rolled pattern glass contains delicate, small flower-like shapes on one surface of the glass. Floralite brings an aura of the outdoors inside, and adds a sense of soothing serenity to any room. 

Available in a 5/32″ thickness, which is temperable.

5. German Antique 

Add an air of sophistication to a space with this exceptional option. German Antique glass is clear with very slight, if any, distortion of any image which is viewed through it. However, it has a considerable sense of character derived from the irregularities within and upon the surface of the glass. 

This versatile glass is a viable alternative to the aforementioned hand blown, light restoration glass.

Available in ⅛” and 5/32” thicknesses. The 1/8” thickness is not temperable.

6.  Glue Chip Single Chip

The Glue Chip Single Chip is a patterned glass that has a frost-like design and texture. This pattern is also random, so no 2 pieces look the same, leaving room for supreme decorating flexibility.

Available in 1/8″ thicknesses that is temperable. Other thicknesses are available upon special request.

7.  Light Restoration

This glass, provided by Bendheim Restoration Glass, can be ordered upon request for any restoration application you may need.

The glass itself has a slight wavy appearance, and features subtle surface imperfections and small bubbles. Light Restoration is ideal for usage in both windows and doors.

8.  Reamy or Altdeutch 

A rich pattern glass, Reamy has beautiful ripples and wave-like features with the occasional seed for a bold, attention-catching highlight piece. 

Available in 5/32″ thickness that is temperable.

9. Seedy 

The Seedy variety is less transparent than the Clear Seedy glass. It contains more seeds and has a more obscured look, to enhance privacy and security

Available in 1/8″ thickness that is not temperable.

10. Circa 1800

This glass is supplied by Hollander Historic, and can be ordered upon request. 

Circa 1800 is temperable, and can be turned into an IGU upon request. It can be used in both window and door applications.

In Restoration, Patterned Glass Choice Matters

No one takes on a restoration project hoping to miss the mark. Restoration is as it sounds: bringing something back. Those viewing the finished piece, be it an old building’s windows or the decorative sidelights of a door, will notice if something seems “off.”

That’s why selecting the right patterned glass in restoration is critical to a project’s overall success and reception. 

Choose the right patterned for your restoration project. 

Download our Patterned Glass Comparison Sheet to review our patterned glass stock.  


Patterned Glass Comparison Sheet


Topics: Tempered Glass, Glass Shipping, Glass Restoration

Written by Greg Martell