Glass is heavy, bulky, and fragile. It can also be potentially dangerous. Using it for art glass or jewelry projects is not an occupation that lends itself to compactness. There is also equipment, chemicals, kilns, molds and mold-making material, abrasive and polishing media to be taken into consideration when assessing your glass storage needs.
The industry standard for safe storage of full-sized sheets of glass (20”x35” to 24”x72”) is to store them upright on a 90° A-frame. If you are working out of a home studio, this might not be available to you. Some creative solutions for full-sized sheet glass storage are:
- Custom-made racks of acrylic or wood with dividers and a cushioned bottom
- Bicycle rack with foam tubing covering the metal
- Repurposed bookcase or other office type furniture placed horizontally or vertically
Smaller sheets of glass (8”x10”) are a bit simpler to store. You can use:
- Upright magazine cases
- Laid flat in see-through plastic storage bins
- Flat file drawers
Even old LP storage cabinets can be repurposed here, if you can find one, as they are the same relative size and have dividers.
Of course, after you cut the glass you will have scraps that you want to save for later projects. It’s important to store these in such a way that you can see what colors you have. Smaller scraps of glass (3”x3”) are probably the easiest of all to find storage for. Acrylic drawers are a good choice, as are glass jars.
Any and all of the storage items above can be found at hardware stores, new or used office furniture stores, specialty storage businesses, or a serendipitous find at a yard sale or thrift shop. A little ingenuity can go a long way in creating appropriate storage media for all your glass.