Process of evaporating aluminium or silver in a vacuum chamber containing glass objects, such as mirrors or optical instruments, to obtain a reflective coating. Some methods also use pure oxygen or a layer of quartz.

Alternative labels

process of silvering
coat glass with aluminium
silvering process
coat glass with reflective coating
silvering method
coat glass with silver
create reflective coating
method of silvering

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Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Silvering is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Optional knowledge

Silvering is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Glass polisher: Glass polishers finish plate glass to make a variety of glass products. They polish the edges of the glass using grinding and polishing wheels, and spray solutions on glass or operate vacuum coating machines to provide a mirrored surface.
Glass beveller: Glass bevellers measure, cut, assemble and install flat glass and mirrors. They also load and unload glass, mirrors and equipment, drive to installation sites, install metal or wood frameworks that need to be fitted with glass, and work according to client specifications.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022

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