"when" you get the hang of cutting your own glass,
you can make some pretty impressive projects with your own hands and tools
limited only to your imagination.
take regular clear 1/4" thick glass plate, cut and shape it to the size you want
for your project, then take it to a glass/mirror shop to have the edges beveled
and the back mirrored. there is nothing more rewarding than to give someone
a very personal mirrored project that you did completely by yourself and your talents.
on a related note: sign makers have been using a product called Angel Gild
to "embellish" hand painted signs on glass doors and windows and other projects.
there is a short learning curve with a "modest" initial investment.
the chemical can be sprayed on like Windex glass cleaner to vertical surfaces or applied
flat when supported in a plastic tub. only it leaves behind a metallic color
like bright gold, copper, mirror chrome, etc. - limited only to your imagination.
just know that it permanently stains anything it gets onto besides glass:
skin, clothes, carpet, wood floors, etc. (part of the learning curve).
just another "craft" that can easily be used with your working imagination !!!