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Old 2016-01-24, 1:20pm
Madjai Madjai is offline
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Default Decorative Reinforced Glass (Soft?)

I hear all about how soft glass is bad for so many reasons.
I rarely accept such things, and tend to want to make things work.

Has anyone succeeded in adding reinforcement to soft glass, especially anything that actually looks good?

I am considering materials like carbon fibers, kevlar, stainless steel wool, maybe spectra, but not familiar with its temp rating, etc. etc.
I also think a prime candidate is something called "Tetraglass", which appears to look just like regular fiberglassing fabric, but has temp ratings of 2300 to 3000 F.

What is out there regarding this, pictures would be very helpful too. Thanks.
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Old 2016-01-25, 11:34am
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soft glass is bad? that is silly

stay away from people who make blanket statements.
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Old 2016-01-25, 12:15pm
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I find "soft glass" to be wonderful, glorious, delicious, and perfect for making beads and sculpture.

Ditto for 33, 90, and 96.

I guess beauty is in the eye (and the brain) of the beholder?
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Old 2016-01-25, 12:42pm
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Hard glass is harder than soft glass. It's more brittle, too. There's nothing wrong with soft glass's durability. The primary advantages of hard glass are that it takes extreme heat delta better, and it's more resistant to chemical wear (like the acids used to etch glass). Soft glass withstands physical shock better. Hard glass is harder to scratch.

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