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Old 10-12-2018, 11:27 AM
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Outdoor glass

I have a customer that wants to put some glass outside next to the pool. I think itís kind of crazy and advised against it but I know people do it.

I had a piece in my carport the other day for only 30 minutes, it got so hot I could hardly touch it. I just donít see how that is good for the glass.

What is your experience?
How about candles in glass?
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:20 PM
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someone just told me the pool chemicals had etched the glass art they had hung
above the pool.
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Old 10-12-2018, 01:00 PM
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I have some cast glass pieces that have been outside for years and are looking fine. Some are SP87, some Gabbert Cullet, some cullet from the old Southwestern Glass factory in Ft. Smith, AR. Also have some blown pieces from the same glass that have been outdoors. The ones that have broken usually have taken direct hits from falling hickory nuts.
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Old 10-12-2018, 03:28 PM
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Well if there is a problem I have a few thousand pieces I need to recall.. Obviously you don't want something that can hold water and freeze or act like a magnifying glass and set the yard a fire. I have yet to experience a problem and I do a lot of outdoor installations. The pool etching sounds plausible but I would think you would see it on windows surrounding inside pools.
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Old 10-12-2018, 06:28 PM
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As some of you know, I made glass art for gardens for 15 years. As Sky mentioned .... you can leave glass outside year round as long as it doesn't hold water and freeze and expand = cracks
Also you don't want to put glass outside in the sun in a warm climate and right next to a sprinkler system - thermal shock could happen.
But after 15 years working with glass in gardens my experience with breakage is most common where tree limbs fall onto the glass. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-12-2018, 11:22 PM
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A friend swears he lost a homemade "Chihuly Javelin" (his term) one sub-freezing morning when his dog peed on it.
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Old 10-13-2018, 02:21 AM
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Iíve always errored on the side of caution but I guess it works. Thanks for the input.
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:25 AM
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I have a lot of sculptures that have been outside for 20 years and have had no problems. I have a lot in my own yard and displayed in my gardens and deck. Like everyone said, freezing water within a trapped area is outdoor glass's enemy.
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Old 10-13-2018, 09:54 AM
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I hung a string of cracked 9" colored floats in a tree 18 years ago in front of the shop and they are still there.
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Old 10-13-2018, 05:53 PM
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they have been using glass floats on fishing nets for many, many, years.
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Old 10-15-2018, 06:18 AM
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Garden Dangers

Early on, pieces would occasionally get away from me. They'd be a couple of feet long with a thing stem and a thicker bulb. "Ahhh - yeah, that was intentional..." I'd say. "Good as a garden ornament..."

Friends indulged me and took these pieces for their garden. Then, got the call that the fire department arrived. Dry mulch, hot sun and the magic of magnification...

On the other hand, that's the only pieces I've ever lost to the elements!
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I have a piece have lived though all of this outside:

#1. Hurricane Ivan, Hurricane Opal, Hurricane Denis, and now Hurricane Michael.

#2. Hail, light dusting of what some would call snow I called frost, massive amounts of rain and blistering direct heat from direct sunlight.

#3. Weed Wacker...many years worth of "woah forgot that was there!"

#4. Being picked up at the start of a Mardi Gras Parade as the "Scepter of the Admiral" of a float. It made it though a full day of parading, drinking until 3 am, and placed back in it's original location.

#5. Used as a putter to demonstrate his neighbors 70 foot putt at Augusta National with golf ball strike for effect.

I need to go pull that yard spike, it is pretty big actually, and re-secure the pole that is attaching it to the ground. It is however quite hardy and lived a full life of adventure. We have named it but I am pretty sure it is something that would get me sent to sensitivity training now days.

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