Stained glass comes in a wide variety and are readily available in different types. It also comes in a large selection of colors, transparencies, and textures. Other determining factors when choosing are coatings and ease of cut.
Glass coatings add an additional design element. The types of cladding used can include; iridescent, mirrored, matte, sandblasted, etched and metallic. The coating used for the iridescent glass has a metallic sheen that creates a rainbow effect. You can also buy COE90 Iridescent, from online sites.
The darker the sheet, the more distinctive the rainbow effect will be. Adding coatings to your artwork will change the feel of the piece. It really is amazing how a siding accent can enhance the artwork.
Glass color options are constantly increasing. There are a variety of options in various shades. There are blues, greens, yellows, purples, reds, pinks, browns, grays, blacks, whites, and whites.
Density or transparency refers to the amount of light that is transmitted through it. Density can be transparent, semi-transparent, opaque, or anywhere in between. The more light you want to reflect off your piece determines the density you choose.
Although most glass is smooth, you can also choose to use textured glass. Textures range from subtle to dramatic. The more textured, the more care is needed when cutting.
Textured, one side is usually more textured than the other. You should cut on the smoothest side. Some of the common textures include rough laminate, hammered, granite, cracked, and water glass (trademark of Spectrum). Using a variety of textures adds movement and dimension to your artwork.