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Can a glass be perfect?
The majority of the glassware we sell is either handmade, or hand finished.
There will be some imperfections in the glass finish, and possible “chips” around cut edges.
Even glasses made by injection into moulds have some additional “finishing work” and often have small bubbles or imperfections, and roughness or chips around the openings.
Hand blown glassware can have bublles, as well as pin dots, slight lines, rippling and cut edges, and may sometimes appear slightly off centre.
The bubbles and pin dots are more obvious in clear glass.
These are NOT considered “imperfections”.
We specify a MAXIMUM tolerance to our factories and it is rare to have more than 3 or 4 small bubbles in a typical 20cm glass.
To ask for “absolutely no bubbles, perfect glasses” would result in such a high rejection rate that the cost of some fittings would double or even triple.
Chipped edges, where the glass fits into a cup or the edge is covered by metal-ware, are not considered an imperfection.
If you can’t see the edge when the fitting is installed then it is not considered “imperfect”.
Most glasses are cleaned at the factory prior to packing and shipping. Many glasses, particularly “gloss” finished glass (usually clear or gloss opal) have an “oily feel”. This “oil” is used in the manufacturing process and should be washed off with warm water with a few drops of dish-washing liquid dissolved in it, and rinsed clean and dried.
Taking the time to do this at installation, and to regularly wash the glasses on your light fitting, will keep it looking good and reduce the build up of dust – which, not only looks terrible, it also reduces the efficiency of your light fitting.
We do not recommend using a dishwasher to wash light fitting glasses – by hand is best.