I wanted to share with everyone some ways to find cheap or possibly free glass to help save you money. One way is to ask local glass manufacturers, window installers or even other glass artists for their scraps. This is what I did this weekend, and they didn’t mind giving me a bunch of free glass. I asked them for scraps or even the old glass that they remove from buildings when replacing, but they actually gave me quality glass. As shown in the photo, they gave me 6 circular and 2 square glass pieces which are 1/4 of an inch thick. In addition to that, they gave me a 3X4 foot glass panel.
Sometimes they have left overs from jobs and will never use it again. So the glass is worthless to them.
Tips to Build A Relationship
I think its best to try and build a relationship with the glass company. Offer them some type of exchange such as an etched glass or an extra hand removing old glass. Most of them will appreciate the offer but reject the service. This will show that you are courtesy and is a good way to build a relationship.
Searching Glass Shops
This might help you quickly find the glass shops. You could use the Yellow Pages to find local glass shops and call. But I like to email them first and do a follow up call. So I searched in google for keywords like “glass shop”, “window installers”, or “glass manufacturers”. Then type your local city or town name in front of them for nearby locations. Open each one of those websites up in new tabs and quickly go through to email them. You can email about a dozen of them in a half hour. I copy and pasted the email message, so it went a lot quicker.
Email Message Example
This is the email message that I sent which can give you an example.
Hi David, I was wondering if you guys would be willing to sell or give away any old glass that you might throw in the trash.
I etch glass as a hobby. Would this be possible? If you need assistance removing the glass, I would be happy to help. I use to work in the construction field.
I hope this helps give you some ideas for getting cheap glass and saves you money. If you are sand carving, make sure you ask for glass that is not tempered. All the glass I got in the picture is tempered which was a bummer. Feel free to read about if tempered glass can be etched or carved.
If this post is helpful, please leave me a comment below. If you have additional suggestions at getting free or cheap glass, let me know.
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