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Chicken Wire Glass – Vintage Glass

The Beginning of Chicken Wire Glass

During the Industrial Revolution, chicken wire glass gained popularity for its durability and fire resistance. The make up consisted of embedding mesh wire in plate glass. This type of  glass doesn’t shatter easily, and is fire resistent. In the early 20th century it was a requirment in schools and city buildings to be compliant with fire code. Today, this vintage glass is a popular decorative choice among designers. There are many ways to fabricate and utilize the glass in homes, historic buildings, and restuarants.


Lamination is one way to fabricate this vintage glass. Many glass fabricators are equipped to laminate mesh wire to clear float glass or different kinds of pattern glass. Some patterned glass options that accentuate the mesh wire include floraliteflemishreed, and winterlake glass. The combination of the mesh wire and the pattern glass gives the unit an antique, old-world feel. Glass laminating involves two layers of glass with liquid resin and the desired interlayers. The final product will be a thick safety glass that is perfect for skylights or window panels. When a product is laminated, the glass will stay in place instead of shattering when compromised. 

Digital glass printing is a new way to fabricate wire glass. With digital printing, glass fabricators can replicate the exact look of the wire detail and print it directly onto the glass. You can print on any vintage pattern glass to achieve an antique look. Additionally, printing starts with a minimum thickness of 4mm (5/32″) which is perfect for cabinets or applications that require a lighter glass. 

Popular Applications

  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Skylights
  • Farmhouse barn doors
  • Decorative glass panels or windows

There are a variety of ways to incorporate this glass into a farmhouse style interior or a historic restoration project. The different fabrication options provide uses for  so many applications.

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