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One-Of-A-Kind, Custom Architectural Glass & Acrylic Solutions

Grand Light offers a wide variety of custom architectural glass and acrylic diffusers, available in an array of styles, types, and sizes. Our glass and acrylic capabilities offer you the flexibility to customize your own design or replicate existing designs. Our hand crafted, high quality diffusers are available by custom order, and exclusively made to your unique specifications. Explore our custom glass and acrylic capabilities such as casting, blowing, cutting, slumping, staining, and more.

Grand Light custom glass casting process involves our glass specialists directing molten glass into a kiln casting, or casting into sand, graphite or metal moulds where it solidifies. Grand Light is exceptionally proud of its history of creating remarkably unique in design and carefully crafted blown glass pieces. Our hand-blown glass utilizes Italian Empoli, Cognac, Bohemian, Scandinavian, Art Deco, & Opalescent glass.

Grand Light recently completed a renowned university renovation project which involved 100+ historic lighting fixtures. The restoration of these historic fixtures involved fabricating 359 new custom glass shades and panels which were replicated and cast to match existing historic shades.

Grand Light’s expert artisans have decades of experience with custom glass and acrylic cutting. We frequently cut glass and acrylic of all types, to best fit your specifications. Grand Light artisans can also bevel edges in any profile, such as flat, double bevel, bull nose and more, to better meet project requirements.

Grand Light custom frosting and etching procedures involve the use of media-blasting or acid application on uncovered areas of glass, creating an opaque surface. The patterning process begins with the design stenciled and masked onto the surface of the glass or acrylic. Our artisans then utilize a media or acid application to create a three-dimensional effect that will transform any glass or acrylic component.

Grand Light partnered with Texas-based electrical contractor, Prism Electric, to remove and restore the large interior chandeliers and pendants located inside the renowned The First National Center, a prominent mixed-use skyscraper located in downtown Oklahoma City.

Numerous large chandeliers being restored by Grand Light required new custom etched glass diffusers. These new diffusers were not only cut to accurately match the existing but the elaborate etched patterns were also replicated using precision hand stencil patterning and masking.

Grand Light artisans are experts at slumping glass, acrylic, and mica to closely replicate historic panels. Our processes involve using a kiln to heat glass/acrylic/mica, which then begins to slump or bend to the shape of a mold. Slumped glass, acrylic, and mica designs are made uniquely to your specifications, for indoor or outdoor applications.

The United States Military Academy (West Point) Eisenhower Barracks renovation project, built in 1968, involved Grand Light teaming with Ducci Electrical Contractors, Inc. to restore numerous historic exterior lanterns and ceiling lights.

Each lantern received new custom slumped OPTIX acrylic panels to match and replace historic damaged or missing glass. These custom cut panels were heated using a kiln for increased viscosity to allow artisans to contour each custom panel using an original glass panel as a template.

Custom stained and colored glass diffusers are a beautiful addition to any space. Utilizing a variety of techniques, our custom colored glass diffusers can be created in unique colors, finishes and styles. Our artisans have extensive experience with recreating stained glass for of all applications, including replications of famed Art Nouveau artist Louis Comfort Tiffany stained leaded glass diffusers.

Louis Comfort Tiffany was an American world renowned artist and designer, most associated with the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements, and is best known for his work in stained glass. Tiffany designed stained glass windows and lamps, glass mosaics, blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, enamels, and metalwork.

A Grand Light research team recently took a trip to The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art where the “most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), including the artist and designer’s jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded-glass lamps and windows”.

For more information regarding our custom lighting capabilities, you may review the Capabilities & Lighting Services Webpage.

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