What kind of glass do you print on?

Do you really print on glass?

Yes, we really print on glass! Not plexiglass, not Lexan, and no paper involved.

What kind of glass do you use?

Fracture uses 2mm thick, non-tempered, soda-lime glass, similar to what you’d typically find in a picture frame. While it's not shatter-proof, it won't be going anywhere once it's up on your wall! The strength and durability is also comparable to a traditional picture frame.

We offer our original (reflective) glass, or a matte finish add-on option.

Take a look at the best way to clean your glass prints here.

How thick is a finished glass print?

Our glass prints (including the glass & foam backing) are just under 1/4 inch thick, at 3/16 of an inch. That’s roughly the same thickness as a standard #2 pencil.

Is the glass beveled?

Our glass has very minimal beveling just along its edges in order to ensure the edges aren't sharp and are completely safe to hold! It's very slim, and not noticeable from a distance or once it's up on the wall:

How do glass prints compare to acrylic or metal prints?

Glass has an inherent beauty and elegance to it. Aside from the difference in materials, when we create our prints we print directly onto the back side of the glass, so you’re looking through the surface of the glass at the printed image. We also use UV-cured inks, so Fracture prints won't fade over time. If you want a modern take on traditional photo frame displays, we’re just what you're looking for!

We don't offer acrylic or metal prints, but there are a couple differences we've noticed when looking at prints on other mediums:

  • Acrylic prints are composed of plastics, and tend to be thicker, with a more prominent, block-shaped edge. The clarity is similar to glass, but the overall finish and look is slightly different; think of the difference in feel, weight, and appearance when drinking from a glass cup versus an acrylic one. Acrylic is a softer material, so it will scratch more easily than glass.
  • Metal or aluminum prints are a little different, since the images are dye-infused onto the surface of the metal, rather than using pigment-based inks. The metal texture or grain is typically visible, and this often results in a more cool or blue tone to the prints and a more noticeable change to the look of your photo.

To get the best idea of what our glass prints look like in action, check out our Instagram page for a ton of great examples and see how our prints look on the wall!