'CRYSTOGRAPH' was the name given to an early form of door and window decoration that evolved in the mid 1800s. Multicoloured repetitive shapes and patterns were the hallmark of this popular decorating medium, however leadlight, etching and murals, in conjunction with borders and corners, were equally popular. It enabled an ease and flexibility in desining and coordinating a decor without the physical or cost constraints of working with glass
The original designs were printed on a very fine translucent paper that was then applied to the glass. Unfortunately as the materials used were of marginal quality, few original examples remain intact today.
'ARCHIMOULD' have researched and developed a 20th century equivalent encompassing all the benefits of today's technology by creating a very stable easy to install product, that is just as appropriate for the period, as well as the modern home. 'CRYSTOGRAPH' is an ultra clear, UV resistant polyester that is printed with top quality colourfast inks. It can then be bonded to any glass or acrylic surface with the aid of a soapy water solution. An added bonus is a substantial increase in safety and security in the event of breakage or forced entry.
In addition to doors and windows, it can be applied to unattractive double skinned skylights or wire reinforced glass. Vision can be totally or partially obscured depending on the design and colour chosen. It is easy to apply to any existing window, or new glass prior to installation, and is available in a sheet size of 900 x 1500.
Cleaning and Surface Preparation
Application surface and the surrounding ambient temperature should be no less than 10C°.If glass is old it is essential the entire surface is scraped with a blade to remove any hard grit, and particularly paint at the edge of the frame. Wash with a detergent solution or mild soap using warm water and a soft cloth. Some oils and grease may have to be removed with lacquer thinner, methylated spirits or similar suitable solvent, if so ensure these are also thoroughly removed from the surface. Finally, brush and vacuum all edges of the window frame prior to applying the film.
Applying the Crystograph Film
Mark the desired size of the window on to the backing paper ensuring that the design is centred vertically and horizontally on the window. With the printed side down on a clean firm surface, cut to size using a straight edge and stanley knife. Ensure the sheet is cut to fit as close as possible to the edge of the frame but without touching it. Mix a wetting solution of 2 to 3 teaspoons of liquid household detergent or similar alternative to four litres of water.
With the film face down, remove the backing paper slowly and evenly. Using a sponge, flood the application surface and the adhesive coated side of the film with the wetting solution. Position the film onto the window and squeegee from top to bottom with light overlapping strokes. Dry entire area with a clean cloth and re-squeegee the film with firm strokes working from the centre outward towards each edge. Allow 24 hours, then re-squeegee again remembering to always flood the printed surface with wetting solution so as to aid applicator slip and minimize scuffing. Ultimate bonding and clarity will occur 24-28 hours after application.
Crystograph Film Maintenance
Clean with warm soapy water and never use any form of abrasive or solvents.