As the words imply, putting paint on any glass surface results in painted glass. One way of achieving a certain aesthetic is to paint the glass; however, painted wine glasses differ from painted architectural glass. While both may be hand painted by individual artists projecting a specific image, architectural glass frequently is painted on the back of the glass, so that the color (and/or image) is viewed through the glass from a particular side. In general, those viewing the painted glass would not be able to access the paint itself. Painted architectural glass can range from a single, solid color to different colors and patterns or images, depending on application, and placement. If painted architectural glass includes a specific image, that image would be applied in layers opposite of traditional painting as each successive layer has to be seen through the glass and the last layer cannot be smaller than the first layer applied.

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