Archive for November, 2013

Understanding Basics of Stained Glass Doors

Stained Glass Doors

The technical challenges concerned with the designing and installation of stained glass doors and windows vary from hobbyists to professionals. Noticing a shade of flower, holding it in mind and creating it as images for a glass work is not that easy. It is the task which is both an art and science.

From drawing a rough shade to giving a final touch to it, a lot of technical knowledge and experience is required. For example, creating stained form of glass doors involves a lot of basics to consider like:

Copper foil panels

Before wrapping the edges with thin metallic strips, it is important checking if the glass matches a pattern. Next steps that come after it includes arranging the foiled glass on the pattern followed by applying flux to the seams and soldering the seams to hold the pieces of glass together.

According to experts, the copper foil method is meant to create more intricately shaped pieces. The method is ideal to use for both the doors and windows of stained form of glass. Read more »

Stained Glass – Moving From Ancient to Modern

Stained glass from ancient to modern Mosaic

Stained glass is the ancient glass art that was used for decorating churches, chapels and important shrines and places of pilgrimage in the ancient times. From its past heritage and usage to the modern decoration ideas, stained glass art has come a long way. It is today one of the breathtaking concepts in design and decorating public places and recreational joints with modern scriptures, caricatures, public figures, beauty depictions, female figures, and animal forms.

The stained form of glass began its modern curve in the 19th Century itself with the use of the art for decorating glass windows and doors in homes. From the European to the Asian homes, the form became a regular option for colored glass doors and windows, entrance doors, verandah or porch doors, patio and gallery boundary etc. One can now find their use in modern workplaces and commercial centers. Read more »

Creating New Church Stained Glass Windows

Creating New Church Stained Glass Windows

Faceted glass consists of approximately one-inch thick dalles of glass cut by hand and broken over an anvil. These pieces of glass are placed in a pattern on a table and a form is set around the perimeter of the panel. Sandy material called granules, are sprinkled between the pieces of glass. The next step is to pour a two-part epoxy resin between the pieces of glass. We then sprinkle another layer of granules over the epoxy resin. Once the epoxy sets, it results in a very strong load-bearing panel. Studios mainly use faceted glass for less complex designs. Faceted glass windows have a higher material costs but require significantly less labor, often making it a more cost effective solution. Faceted glass does not require a protective covering when installed and requires very little maintenance.

Leaded Stained Glass

Windows with little or no painted work are another type of stained glass art that studios commonly use. Leaded glass with little painted work is less labor intensive than fully hand painted cathedral windows. A Studio can design this medium to match most budgets and tastes. (See Step by step – leaded and painted construction below.) Read more »

Selecting a Quality Stained Glass Studio

Quality Staiend Glass Studio selection

Everyone wants to know the magical formula to select the correctstained glass studio to complete his or her project. While a studio cannot do this for you, there are ways to sort through the information and make a quality selection.

A common question that the clergy will ask a stained glass studio is, “How do I get an apples to apples bid?” Unlike many industries, stained glass is extremely specialized. Often, others do not know the terms and jargon outside the industry. This is what inspired Associated Crafts to write this article.

The other aspect of this industry is the lack of regulation by the industry. The industry consists of many smaller companies started by craftsmen and artists who took a hobby and changed it into a career. This is certainly admirable but these individuals often do not have the knowledge of all the facets of the business or of stained glass. Professional studios often compete with specifications written by some completely incompetent companies. This is why we diligently work to educate our clients. Often times, a simple understanding of terms and jargon will allow the church to see the correct scope of work. Read more »