Every year the Professional Staff Assembly at UA gives an Outstanding Professional Award to two people. The awards last year were a little block of glass. It's early, but I was experimenting with pieces of a video for the awards ceremony.
At first I had some trouble getting the glass to render fully transparent. I've had trouble with glass before. So I starting to post my problem on Creative Cow. But then I realized that the problem was I had not turned down the brightness percentage of the color channel for the material. Turning that down got rid of the thick grey look which was not what I wanted. This was from a tutorial I watched. From this I also learning how to do a compound blur in after effects to give a slight blur to the edges.