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Learn How to Make Stained Glass Art

Learn to Make Stained Glass Art

Rudimentary forms of wine beverages glass blowing strategies happen to be recorded as soon as 50BC. It absolutely was an art properly advertised by old Phoenicians along with Romans when they founded the most prolific glassblowing facilities throughout Germany during the 1st century B. c.! Cup art made a great progress method since, along with showy artists such as Dale Chihuly making extravagant bits pertaining to hotels and also art galleries.

If you request virtually any skilled glass performer, they will explain how the most effective pieces of perform are only able to be created by side blown glass. These kind of skilled builders develop astounding functions similar to glass blossoms, cup decor along with other special creations. Maybe the majority of artistic endeavor had been that of Dale Chihuly, when this individual created the wine glass floral lobby for your Bellagio inside Las Vegas along with the interest in glass plants leaped. Read more »

Stained Glass Window Designs for Interior Decor Ideas

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Stained glass window designs are an aesthetic and classy way of renovating the interior decor of your property. Homes, offices and other commercial property can employ different design and ideas of this stained form of glass to add charm to the interior decor and give it a unique touch of style.

Over the years and ever since the European church used stained glass for portraying biblical scriptures and verses; it has gained popularity and usage around the world. Especially in Richmond and adjoining areas in British Columbia, this form of art is highly regarded and common in many households.

People with a fine taste for art, decorate their living spaces and even work area with this art form. They tend to use it to beautify their living rooms windows and even add stained glass doors to them. People use a wide range of designs and patterns with respect to this art form. Ranging from the mystic geometry, abstract and heritage to the elegant scenery and picture types; one has a wide sphere of designs to select from. Each design has its own specialty and usage in interior decor. Read more »

The Soothing Effect and Sophisticated Beauty of Stained Glass over the Years

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We always thought that stained glass, being a common fixture as windows in ancient churches and cathedrals, is very old. But boy, do we know how old? The oldest archaeological finds date back to the 7th Century and that is really old but it could be older. The 7th Century finds are just that finds. There could be older artefacts that may not have been found yet.

If older means right after glass was discovered marking the start of glassmaking history, then the oldest stained glass could be about more than 5,500 years old. Yet, as is revealed in the history of glass and glassworks, it was not until 950 to 1240 AD that the first documented evidence of UN-traceried the windows supported by stout and tough iron frames appeared and were found installed at Chartres Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral in France and England, respectively. Given that the conventional installations were in churches, cathedrals, convents, monasteries, mosques, synagogues and temples; it was thought to be an architectural feature associated only with religious buildings and infrastructure. Read more »

How to Make Stained Glass

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The practice of making stained glass has been around for quite a long time. Stained glass windows and churches seem to go hand-in-hand, and you will find some of the earliest samples of stained glass artwork in churches on the European continent. Nowadays, stained glass is not confined to only churches and other such religious places; you can also see stained glass art in homes, offices, hotels, restaurants, hospitals and so on. We now have stained glass installed in windows, doors, ceilings, room-dividers, mirrors, lampshades, sun-catchers, gift boxes and many other items. Used properly, stained glass artifacts can transform the look of a place from commonplace to something quite extraordinary.

If, like me, you love stained glass objects, you could have a go at making them yourself. The craft of stained glass is not difficult to learn, as long as you follow the instructions, take all proper precautions and put in enough practice. Read more »

Man-made Glass: Making the Glass

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Although glass itself is a naturally occurring substance and has color variations as a result of impurities, man-made glass was probably first created accidentally as a result of the high temperatures used in making pottery. To make glass, silica and other materials are melted and fused together. Silica (sand) melts at 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,650 degrees Celsius) requiring the use of a glasshouse pot or kiln [source: Valldeperez]. The formulations, or recipes, for stained glass can vary from artist to artist but always include silica and substances like boric acid, lime, caustic soda and potash to strengthen, stabilize and help the stained glass ingredients melt uniformly at a lower temperature than silica alone.

Color is added to the melted silica using ground metal oxides. Once these coloring agents have been added to the molten glass, or gob, it’s refired. The colored glass can then be manipulated in any number of different ways to achieve a specific result, like shaping or texturizing.

These manufacturing practices have changed over the last thousand years, been lost, rediscovered and refined. Although there are still closely kept secrets to the glassmaker’s art that each artist protects, there are some basic methods of creating glass that we should take a look at: Read more »

Stained Glass History

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Making stained glass is an ancient art that can be traced back to the early Egyptians. Although the first colored glass may have been used as jewelry or even currency, we probably know the art form best from seeing stained glass in the windows of churches. These windows are really paintings that use light, glass and a metal framework to create a design.

The earliest stained glass windows were created for the Roman Catholic Church, and often told Bible stories in pictures. This was at a time when most people couldn’t read, so these luminous paintings were one of the few representations of the glory and transcendent nature of their spiritual beliefs. At a time before television, radio or even pictures painted on canvas, stained glass windows wer­e probably one of the most dramatic, instructive and important works of art most people were exposed to. Read more »