Antique (or distressed) Mirror Glass can be used for most of the applications considered for standard mirror glass, from simple frames to kitchen work-tops, and furniture to wall-cladding. Where standard mirror glass offers a fairly glitzy if predictable material, antique mirror glass offers a depth and richness which enhances any application.
As you might expect there are a variety of different distressing styles available, from reproduction antique mirror glass to marbled and mottled styles with warmer hues.
Most distressed mirror glass is offered in 4mm or 6mm thickness, but most techniques allow for greater thicknesses, although the range of styles may be restricted.
Protection from Breakage
Health and safety requirements mean that all mirror glass must be either safety-backed with safety tape or toughened. Toughening antique mirror glass is definitely worth considering over safety-backing as the replacement costs are high.
As with standard mirror glass, edges can either be polished or bevelled to a depth from the edge of the glass. Both techniques reduce the risk of injury as they remove the sharpness of the cut edges.
Given the value of antiqued mirror glass, it's often worth thinking through the fixing options carefully. Mirror adhesive is the straightforward, permanent option for most flat walls, but if you want the flexibility of moving the panel(s) to another location then screwing them to the wall is a good alternative. This requires holes to be made in the glass when it is first being cut. Once in situ, the screws themselves can be covered with coverheads.