With the right tools and a desire to create something beautiful, you too, can get into making stained glass to decorate your home or as a gift for a friend. Beware, this form of art is very addicting and once you get hooked, you won’t be able to stop whipping up masterpieces for your friends and family.
Once you have gathered your tools, you’ll need to decide on the pattern that you would like to work with. These can be taken from pretty much anywhere, books, magazines, perhaps a drawing you had done in the past, or you can even use your imagination to come up with something unique. If this is your first time doing stained glass work then you may want to stick with a simple pattern, one without too many edges and curves as these can be a bit difficult to cut, especially when you don’t have a lot of experience. Flowers are always a great option for beginners.
When choosing the glass, look out for the textures as well as the colours and decide on the one that best suits your needs. You will also want to ensure that the glass is big enough to accommodate the pattern you wish to use. Now that you have your glass and your pattern, it’s time to trace the pattern on the glass. However, before you get started, you want to cut out the pattern so that it’ll be easier to work with. Now trace the individual pieces of pattern on your glass with a permanent marker, leaving enough space for your copper foil.Read More
We get orders for stained glass work mostly for churches and community halls and swimming pools. Recently we had an order to decorate a gym. The gym owner had certain designs in mind, which he wanted to be replicated exactly on the windows. While we were discussing on the feasibility of the design, we got to talking about gym training, and on how I had very little time to go to gym. He told me about the grappling dummy and its use as an effective trainer. He was very much interested in how we made the stained glass and asked me about the history and the methods used in the glasses used in the ancient churches.
Stained glass history
Since the 12thcentury, there have not been many changes in how the stained glass windows are made. The windows are made from colored glass pieces that are held together by a latticed lead work. The glass have artistic details and designs on them prior to their positioning in the latticework, which are fired on the glass in brown or black paint. Yellow stains were used around 1300, which made the with glass look yellow and blue color as green. This was very useful in giving highlights to parts like crown, haloes and hair.
Material and methods used
The first record of stained glass manufacturing was by Theophilus, a German monk in twelfth century. The glass was formed by melting potash, lime and sand in clay pots. It was given color by adding metallic oxides. For red color gold was added, copper gave green and cobalt blue hue. This glass was called as pot metal glass. The red glass was dark and did not transmit light. To change this form, a flashed type of glass was formed by blowing white glass into a pot of red glass. This resulted in a glass that had a thin color layer. Part of this layer can be removed using abrasive wheel and two colors namely white and red were used on the single piece of glass.
Since paper was not in much use then and parchment was not cheap, the design for the glass was drawn on a tabletop whitened for the purpose. The design on each piece and the lead framework would be outlined and the colored glass was cut according to the design using grozing iron. The drawing on the table would be visible through the glass and were traced using iron oxide pigment. When the painting was finished the glass was fired, and then assembled using lead strips. This led to a strong bond formation. Oily cement was used to make the joints well sealed and water proof. The lead strip intersections were soldered and panels were held together by iron bars placed in the windows already.
A variety of colors was later on added by the sixteenth century and windows were painted just as easel pictures with the lead bars no longer being used in the design. However, during the Victorian age, the earlier methods were revived and now there is a blend of both designs. The gym owner was intrigued by the history, and thanked me for the time and promised that he would give me more info on the new form of exercise he had talked on.Read More
One of the most exciting projects I’ve worked on involved implementing stained glass into a modern greenhouse. I knew I had my work cut out for me because once I’d set foot into this area, I was greeted by an abundance of beautiful flowers and plants in the most extravagant greenhouse I had ever seen and my job was to come up with a design that would adequately complement area. However, being the person that I am, I knew this project was by no means one that would overwhelm me, but instead, one that would push me to strive for greatness.
When I asked the owners of the greenhouse what ideas they had in mind, they replied, ‘just make it marvelous,’ and that was my queue to get my creative juices flowing. The sky was the limit, there was nothing that I wanted to do with the design of this greenhouse that I wasn’t allowed to. One of the pieces that struck me was a day bed perched in between a ring of flowers and I thought to myself, ‘what would I want to see when looking up?’.
It was then that I came up with the idea to not only get the sides of the greenhouse looking ‘marvelous’, but also to implement stained glass in an overhead piece. Rather than taking away from the beauty of the ever changing clouds, I decided to go with an even more dramatic statement. I set to work to create a magnificent chandelier, that was as grand as it was great. Using blues and greens, keeping up the ambiance of the greenhouse, I incorporated these colors not only into the chandelier but into the overall stained glass design of the greenhouse.
Once the project was complete I did a walk through during the bright hours of the day and I was astonished at how well everything worked together. Inside the greenhouse, the sun feasted its eyes upon my extravagant chandelier, creating patterns of beauty on the stone flooring. It was a sight that was nothing less than picture perfect, and the entire stained glass design of the greenhouse came together to make it just the perfection I had envisioned.
Needless to say, the owners were overjoyed with the beauty that was now their greenhouse. Taken from a plain glass with a white frame into a world of patterns created by stained glass and of course a centerpiece that would make one sit in the daybed forever, looking at it and watching as the sun had its way, sending shadows and colours to the ground, everything worked perfectly. At night, it looks even more beautiful than during the day; all because of the amazing lights, that are produced by some of the finest LED grow lights that are installed inside the greenhouse. There is something wonderful in the view.
The stained glass transformed the greenhouse from a place where only plants found their comfort, into a place that one would gladly turn to, to get the peace of mind that they needed at the end of a hectic day. Stained Glass can be implemented into pretty much every scene, uplifting them in ways one would have never envisioned.
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What Are Colored Glasses:
While people do not like the stains on their dresses or in the rooms, it is vital to realize that the stains that are created on the glass in an artistic manner has been appreciated for centuries across various countries. Therefore, there are many enthusiasts, who tend to create the colored glass materials either as the flat surfaces or as three dimensional structures as well.
Playing with light and colors:
Moreover, since people are able to see the different colors of the spectrum with their naked eyes and the glass with the designs stained on them would play with the light and create the great visual imagery as one would be excited, Stained Glass has been part of building aesthetics in the architecture since ancient times. The presence of the windows or the doors with the stained glass allows some amount of light to pass through it and produces the patterns and designs on the walls that could excite the eyes of the users, who appreciate it and would also enlighten the interiors with some translucent light.
It is often believed that the colored glass patterns have been used by the wealthy Romans and Egyptians since the first century CE. Several churches of the fourth or the fifth centuries tend to have the stained glasses as part of their windows and doors ensemble in the architecture, so as to ensure that there are ornate patterns and designs that are incorporated in these spaces.Read More
There was once an office full of lazy employees. Work that could be finished in a matter of hours took weeks. Bosses got worried. So they held a meeting and invited all employees to it. At the air-conditioned conference room, every one sat around the table with pens and notepads to take important notes. A few were having coffee. When the bosses finally arrived, everyone straightened up in their chairs. “Something must be changed with the work productivity,” said one of the bosses – employees agreed with apprehension.
This can be true for any profession. Be it a writer, a craftsman, a painter, a corporate employee. Anyone’s work productivity can slump. And with the slump, goes any prospects of promotion and incentives. How do we increase work productivity? How do we stop procrastinating on work and actually start that long due project?
At the group meeting, the bosses suggested power rack exercises. Initially the employees were a little unsure of what the bosses were asking. But a month later, the results started showing. The sport not only kept them fit but also increased their productivity.
Scientists have always suggested that physical activity keeps the brain active and physique fit. Now how does one find time when you have so much work to do? Plus the gym memberships are expensive. Actually it is not that difficult. We can help ourselves by using the power rack, that one single piece of equipment that can prove beneficial. A power rack can offer head-to-toe exercise and that is good enough to improve our energy levels.
After the group meeting, each employee was required to perform some exercises with the power rack. Employees, although initially a little hesitant, took to it almost immediately afterward. The benefits of physical activity and sport have been eulogized many times. But it does not hurt to remind ourselves of the benefits.
- Alertness and Agility: Exercise increases brain activity, hence making us alert and active and ready to tackle the next big project.
- Fit: Working out helps us stay fit. It helps reduce the chances of weight gain, heart attack and several other health ailments.
- Mental health: Another benefit of exercising is the mental health. It reduces the feelings of anxiety and stress. Nervous about your next presentation? Do some light exercise and get your heart pumping and sweat it out a little and then you are ready for the next big presentation. Physical activity enhances the feelings of well being.
- When you are fit, you take less number of days off from work, hence improving productivity.
- Exercise makes you feel good about yourself. It alleviates the feelings of nervousness and boosts self-confidence.
The sports helped the employees to boost productivity. One boss said, “We had an agreement that using power racks are the keys to success.” Simple daily rituals, like climbing the staircases, were used to boost work productivity. By the end of three months after the group meeting, the results were for all to see. The productivity had shot up!
So, what are you waiting for? Bring out your gym shoes and lets go run for our health and productivity.Read More
This is a poignant invitation to you to catch up with a couple of earlier posts all about the creative enterprise of crafting magnificent stained glass effects for your home. The first post served mainly as an introduction for those new to this rewarding hobby. So, if you are a first-time reader, relax, enjoy your reading and be inspired.
This post is encouraging in the sense that it reminds (new) readers that with hours of practice, they will become seasoned inventors and will also learn to become more proactive and efficient during their artistic and domestic endeavors.
Combining efficiency with aesthetics will sustain you
This point is crucial and serves as this post’s theme. By combining efficiency with your aesthetic taste or flavor you will be making a contribution, subconsciously or deliberately, towards transforming your home into an exemplary example of sustainable living. The second post was more of a historical overview and gave readers clues on how the aesthetic functions of mainly stained glass windows and artworks evolved over centuries.
Let’s return to the beginner’s post. Whether a first-time artist or an experienced craftsman, it goes without saying that research is a vital component towards creating a fine work of art. Information and ideas can be gleaned from so many different areas and mediums.
Ask any experienced stained glass craftsman and you quickly learn that the principles and practices of effective research apply equally towards sourcing the correct tools. Call it multi-tasking, if you will, but the home-based practitioner these days will be devising new ways to not only making his home a more welcome environment, but also more comfortable and sustainable.
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What you do with your home matters
The http://sumppumpjudge.com/wayne-spv-800-sump-pump-review/ highlights the importance of economy and efficiency in the home. Such an erudite review also goes some way in helping readers to remind themselves on how valuable the characteristics of economizing and being efficient both inside and outside of the home is. Actually, it is all quite important. It is a cost saver and a life saver, also bearing in mind the importance of sustainability in the context of the precarious condition of our current exterior environment.
It may not be noticeable, even if your home is a triple-storied castle, but the things you do and the apparatus that you install within the four walls and around the grounds of your home does have an impact on global warming and even climate change.
Closing off this post on a more traditional and artistic note while still thinking about how aesthetics plays its part in creating a sustainable environment, think for a moment on how a home’s front door with its stained glass window frame projects a façade of openness. Think also about the prospect of open and functional use of space behind the picturesque front door.Read More
All of us need to stay fit in order to feel and look good. Physical exercise and relaxation are essential part of life as it helps keep us healthy.
And since exercise is very important, we need to give it time and space. Unfortunately, many of us live a very hectic life and finding time to work out in the gym is often difficult. This is where a home gym comes handy. It can give you the motivation that you need so much. Good news is that you can create a home gym right in your own place. You can assemble gym equipment in an unused room, in your garage, at the basement or even in your own room. With a little creativity and some googling, you can maximize your space so that all necessary workout equipment fits in. You can start with the basic free weights, cables and gym equipment.
Once you’ve developed a workout routine, pretty soon you’ll be thinking about taking your home gym design to the next level. You can begin investing on a few more fitness equipment. Perhaps, you can buy a punching bag (like the ones on this review site) or additional electronic gym equipment. Adding new equipment to your gym means more variety to your routine. And this is very helpful as you never get bored.
However, avoid buying unnecessary, weird machines that you won’t use. Many of these big, fancy machines are not very important. They can only eat up a lot of space and make your home gym look cluttered. Some even end up in the attic or storage. Avoid watching community, ads channels that feature these machines. Their ads are very inviting; you might get tempted to buy one. Take note that a home gym doesn’t necessarily have to look like a fancy one in your city. Basic weights, cables and benches are often good enough.
Instead of purchasing this unnecessary equipment, you can make your gym a better place by installing an audio system and flat screen television. It would help keep you revved up and motivated as you do the routines. The television is not just for aesthetic purpose. You can play workout routines, such as P90X, Zumba or other instructional training videos.
If you have extra cash, it would help to beautify your home gym with interior details. You can add mirrors to make the space look more spacious. Stained glass windows can make your home gym look more appealing and reduces that claustrophobic aura. Consider adding more lights to brighten up the place. You can add some nice wall decorations. Perhaps, hang some motivational images so you stay focused while working out.
The ambiance of the space can have a major effect in your mindset. Take note that the more appealing and orderly the place looks, the higher the chances that you’ll follow through with your training routines and schedules.Read More
When thinking about art, people often completely ignore stained glass. Some people even argue that it cannot be considered to be an art form. Well, we are here to argue differently. In this post, we will talk about what art is and what it isn’t and state some strong arguments as to why stained glass really is an art form.
There is more than one way to define art. But, there is something surely everyone will agree with – from the Mona Lisa to the local graffiti on the subway, art is something that enriches our everyday lives. Most people would say that life without art would be just a little less. Art is something that can make us laugh or make us cry, make us angry or sad.
If you define art as something that stirs up emotions or is just aesthetically pleasing, you can definitely place stained glass in that category. Throughout history, it has served precisely those purposes in churches everywhere. And it still to this day continues to enrich the lives of people all over the world.
On the other hand, art is also often defined as a craft which expresses the human imagination and creativity using certain creative outlets. If you take music as an example of a typical art form, you will find that a good violinist has to know how to play the violin, he has to have an outlet (a decent violin) and he has to express his creativity thorough his music.
Well, the same goes for a stained glass artist. Equipment, knowledge and creativity – there is not much difference when you really think about it. Music just happens to be older, more prominent and more popular than stained glass, but popularity and age can never be a measurement of art, because then no new art form like film or graffiti could ever be called art in this way.
Another, more loose definition of art is a skill at doing a specific thing which is acquired through practice. We saved this argument for last, because even is someone was not convinced before, this is something that they will have to admit. Even though this is a broader meaning, usually used for “the art of conversation” or “the art of skateboarding”, it is one that definitely encompasses stained glass production.
If you want to be good at playing the violin so that someone would truly be able to say that you are versed in “the art of music”, you need to start off young and get a violin from a site like http://violinio.com/best-violin-for-kids/ . You need to practice and hone your skill to perfection.
The same goes for stained glass. If you want to be called an artist, you cannot simply slab some paint on glass and call it a day – you have to learn and practice, work hard and become handy with all the equipment, and only then will you be able to produce something that could really be called a work of art!Read More
A gorgeous stained glass window requires a fitting shelf under it. Wood would be best as the rich soft color of this natural material will enhance the beauty of the glass. Adding a small shelf will “dress up” any window, but the effect produced by a combination of stained glass and wood will be truly stunning.
The best thing is that you don’t even have to spend money on contractor’s fee as installing a window shelf is such a simple process, you will be able to do it yourself. Our simple instructions will help you.
- Take careful measurements.
First of all, you’ll need to measure the width of the window (between the jambs or between the left and right sides of the opening if the window is recessed into the drywall and has no trim). Then, measure the depth of the window opening. Take notes of the measurements.
- Prepare the tools.
For hanging a wooden window shelf you’ll need a drill/driver kit with various bits, a circular saw, a pencil, a 4-foot level, a torpedo level, some screws, bolts and nails. Having a light framing nailer on hand will also be useful as you never know when you will need to nail some stray piece of wood.
- Cut the board.
Cut a piece of board you will use as a shelf based on your measurements. It must be about ¼ of an inch narrower than the exact width of the window opening.
- Mark the place for the board.
Measure up the front left side of the frame and decide where exactly you want to position the shelf. Mark the spot with a pencil. Then, take a 4-foot level and hold it snug to the frame. The upper edge of the level must be aligned with the pencil mark. Position the level so that its bubble is centered and mark a spot on the right front side of the frame. If your window is wider than 4 feet, put a straight board under the level.
- Mark the sides.
Align a torpedo level with the pencil mark so that it points towards you from the window. Make sure that the bubble is centered and draw a line tracing the edge of the level onto the jamb. Do this for both the left and right sides.
- Make two cleats.
The cleats support the shelf. To make them, take a 1-by 2-inch board and measure two lengths of the window depth. Cut the pieces.
- Drill 2 holes in each cleat.
Take a suitable drill bit and drill 2 holes (about 2 inches apart) in each cleat. The holes must be the same diameter as a 2-inch coarse-thread wood screw.
- Drill 2 holes in the window opening.
Place the cleat so that it’s aligned with the level line on the left side of the window opening and drill two holes into the opening through the holes in the cleat. Repeat for the right side.
- Fasten the cleats to the opening.
Replace your drill bit with a driver and fasten the cleats with proper screws.
- Set the shelf!
Whether you’re thinking about upgrading your home to increase its value for the future, or just because you know your home needs something it doesn’t have already, there are a handful of particular renovations which are worth considering pretty much all of the time. If you’ve read about home improvement and remodeling much in the past, you should already be familiar with bathrooms – another whole bathroom is probably the cheapest upgrade you can make to add the greatest value to your home. But there are plenty of other renovations which are just as viable if not as efficient.
Naturally, you should expect a little shameless self-promotion here. Stained glass, especially in windows, can make a great home renovation that helps your house to stand out while also providing some more tangible benefits, like a little added control over the temperature. If you can remember the color spectrum from back in school, you’d know that red absorbs the least amount of UV light and violet absorbs the most – R O Y G B I V. In hotter climates, it can actually make a difference in a home to replace clear windows with red ones; cold climates and violet windows are similar too.
That’s a little out there though. Even if we deal in stained glass, we know the market is kind of niche, so there’s that. For a more general kind of home renovation, just look to your front door. Wireless doorbells are easy to install, easy to maintain and often a bit cheaper than busting down walls and running new wires, like you would have to do with traditional doorbells. You can read more about these at http://doorbellbase.com/ if that sounds like something you might want to add to your home. If your current bell is burned out or you simply don’t have one, this is worth considering. Now, the last two renovations were relatively small things, easy to install and not necessarily expensive.
But as far as increasing the value of a home, well, there are few renovations which are more efficient for the money you pay than adding a new bathroom to your home. This could be a full bath with a shower or tub, or a half bath with just a toilet and sink, but either way you’re going to get more value for the money you spend than you would if you were to, say, give all the walls and ceilings in your home a fresh coat of paint.
New construction tends to be very expensive though, so it’s a kind of renovation which will undoubtedly be out of the realm of possibility for some homeowners. That doesn’t change the fact a new full or half bathroom is still the best renovation you can make for the money you pay. If you don’t believe it, just have a look at a few home improvement or renovation websites, or chat with a realtor or real estate agent – they will tell you the same things you’re reading right here.Read More
Stained glass art is a unique art form that originated during the medieval period. It demands a tedious process that incorporates composition and effects of the stained glass. Further, it also requires careful attention on the structure so that the window can withstand the elements while supporting its own weight.
Throughout the history of this craft, stained glass art has produced a number of famous artists. Their masterpieces range from religion to literature to history to mythology. These artists are usually commissioned by churches, governments, art collectors, and institutions.
Many of the stained glass arts are used as windows but have also been used in mosaics, lamps and sculptures. Each piece is carefully designed, crafted and ironed out, much like a shirt that is carefully ironed out before worn. Speaking of ironing, you can find out about different ironing boards by checking out this site.
Here let’s take a look at some of the artists that have carved a name in the stained glass art.
- Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)
Among the recognizable stained glass artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany is perhaps the most popular. Tiffany was among the pioneers of Art Nouveau movement. He established the Tiffany Studio which made stained glass lamps, windows and glass mosaics, and made the art easily available for ordinary people. Aside from infamous Tiffany lamps, notable works of Tiffany include an 1882 White House-commissioned stained glass window, the Arlington Street Church in Massachusetts, and the Mark Twain House in Connecticut.
- John La Farge (1835-1910)
La Farge was an innovative stained glass artist whose technique involved the use of opalescent glass and welded material onto his work. His ornate masterpieces are comparable to the stained glass windows of the Medieval period. His unique technique has added another resource that other craftsman have since utilized.
Some of his remarkable masterpieces include the windows at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina and the St. Paul’s Chapel of Columbia University in New York City.
- Henry Clarke (1889-1931)
A distinguished stained glass artist known for his masterpieces in the Irish Arts and Crafts movement, Harry Clarke is a native of Dublin, Ireland. His works are recognizable for their rich colors, particularly blues. During his short life, he produced nearly 150 religious and secular stained glass works. His noteworthy designs can be seen in the High Lane Municipal Gallery in Dublin.
- William Morris (1834-1896)
William Morris was a poet and a multifaceted artist. He worked on stained glass as well as textile. Morris is credited for revolutionizing the Victorian taste. He established a company of artists who shared his philosophy of attention to detail. Some of his famous stained glass work include “Angel Holding the Sun” at St. James’ Church in England and “David’s Charge to Solomon” at Trinity Church in Boston.
- Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
Chagall is a highly respected artist of the 20th Century. He worked on different mediums including glass. Chagall is known for his work’s bold, intense colors. A unique characteristic of his works is that they changed colors depending on what position or time of day they are viewed. His most noteworthy work is the “Peace Window” at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.Read More
Do you struggle with excess weight, and you have a constant need to eat? The reason for this may lie in various diseases, your bad habits and lack of willingness to lose weight, but can also be found in light and colors. Stained glass can beautify your home, but the combination of colors and lights may have an impact on your weight loss and calorie burning.
Colors have an influence on our mood, even if we are not aware of it. Each of us has its own favorite color. However, we rarely think about how it actually affects us. If you decorate the house with stained glass, perhaps you should keep in mind that the reflection of colors can affect your mood and your appetite.
If you want to lose excess fat on your stomach, then you have to get to the job. First of all, it is necessary to engage physically and start exercising. Choose the kind of sport that suits you. However, if you want to speed up the process of fat burning on your stomach, then you should have the appropriate equipment that you wear during exercise and which can be found on the Waist patrol. When the colors of the stained glass in question, the place where you exercise, should be rich with red and orange colors. These colors keep you alert and give you energy, and it is really necessary when you are practicing.
Another way to get rid of belly fat is to reduce your appetite. Maybe you did not know, but colors can significantly affect our appetite. It is believed that the red color attracted us to eat. That is logical because this color is associated with mature fruit. On the other hand, the blue color kills the appetite. The nature has very little food in this color. It is almost a negligible number. Therefore, we rarely see it as attractive to eat. If you want to cut down your appetite, you can eat from a blue plate or to decorate your window with blue stained glass. The blue color has a calming effect on us and the more likely it will put you to sleep than awaken your appetite.
The only proven way to reduce fat in the abdomen is exactly the recipe that we gave: more physical activity, less appetite, life in the right color and a good waist trimmer that will speed up the fat loss process. Waist trimmer will tighten your belly and overeating will be an unpleasant process. If you want to find out more about them, see this site: http://waistpatrol.com/best-waist-trimmer-reviews/
The green color is associated with healthy food. However, in combination with blue tones will still give a cooler touch to your space. Shades of yellow you can add to both stained glasses. Yellow color stimulates a sense of pleasure in us. Whether you’re exercising or eating, the feeling of pleasure does not hurt, right?
Stained glass can be your way of creative expression and a way to decorate the space in which you reside. By all accounts, it could be much more than that – a kind of fat loose therapy.Read More
People have been making colored glass for a long time, ever since the Egyptians were at their peak. It continued to be made by Romans and Phoenicians, among other nations. The oldest remnants of something resembling the later stained glass windows date back to the 4th century, and can be found in some of the oldest Christian churches. Stained glass craftsmanship experienced a boom during the Middle Ages, which is why there aren’t any larger churches that don’t feature at least one set of stained glass windows. During later periods, the practice of making stained glass was almost forgotten, at least until the 19th century, when it experienced a comeback of sorts. Nowadays there is a wide range of products made from stained glass, and its uses are becoming more and more creative. Here is a list that might interest you.
Windows in private medical facilities
In private medical facilities, especially those specialized in holistic approaches, they have realized the potential of interior design when it comes to relaxing their patients, as well as making them feel better in general. There are institutions that combine treatments, such as electrotherapy, with the soothing effect that light penetrating through stained glass windows has on the patients. While being plugged to devices for electrotherapy, such as those you can find on Tens Unit Report, the patients can enjoy the view without feeling like they’re in a hospital.
While looking through reviews for electrotherapy devices, it might cross your mind that combining them with stained glass windows makes perfect sense. After all, the well-being of people who are sick is in question. But what would you say to all the modern art exhibits that have taken the use of stained glass to a whole other level? You might not like them, but you have to admit that they’re all pretty creative.
Having bathroom windows that are made of standard glass doesn’t do much for you in terms of privacy, doesn’t it? That’s why people have started using stained glass windows instead. Not only is this a practical solution to an issue that might be bothering a lot of people, it is also an aesthetically pleasing one. Just imagine soaking in your tub, all the while being able to admire an amazing play of light that is entering your bathroom. Heavenly, right?
Among all the materials that are used in the production of jewelry, stained glass has never been a popular option. Nowadays, however, you can find many different types of stained glass jewelry. The list includes, of course, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings, but what’s fascinating about all this is how creative people are being when it comes to design.
Comic book covers
This is one of the more absurd uses of stained glass that you’ll encounter. It is the work of a creative young artist who came up with the idea, and decided to put a spin on a technique that’s as old as stained glass production. He certainly managed it!Read More
A frame can either enhance the beauty of a stained glass piece or distract from it. Therefore, it’s very important to choose the right type of material and make a frame that will complement the fruit of your labor. The easiest way to do this is taking the piece to a professional shop. However, you don’t really have to add the extra expense as you can make the frame yourself or buy a pre-made one.
The best material to use for this purpose is wood as it goes extremely well with stained glass. These frames enhance the rich colors of the glass pieces and draw attention to the piece without distracting the viewer.
The variety of wood types and lacquers that can be used to correct the shade of the raw material to complement the color scheme of the piece is so great that you will definitely find the perfect match. Even the pre-cut frames can be customized to meet your personal needs, so you won’t have any problems.
Making a Wood Frame on Your Own
To make a beautiful frame you will need to be proficient in woodwork and have proper tools. A wood lathe will be an immense help in this particular task. If you are into this kind of craft, you definitely should purchase one of these tools. WoodLatheReport offers plenty of detailed reviews and other helpful information about this type of equipment. Check it out if you decide to find the best wood lathe on the market.
Making frames isn’t the hardest challenge in woodworking, but doing this properly requires a high level of skill. Therefore, you may need to practice for a while in order to produce the perfect frame.
Using Pre-Made Wood Frames
This type of frames is available in three forms:
- Finished frame.
This kind of frame has a groove on the back that you simply fit the piece into. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you will have some flexibility. However, if you choose this option, it would be best to buy a frame before you start working on the piece and make sure that it actually fits as you go.
- 6` framing stock.
You’ll need a mitre saw (not mandatory, but it’s the most convenient kind of saw for this particular task) to cut the 6` wooden strips in order to make a frame. Set the mitre saw at 45 degrees and start cutting. Be careful with your measurements. These strips come sanded, which is really convenient, especially if you don’t have the time or equipment to sand them efficiently. When assembling a frame you cut yourself, put C-clamps that will cover both mitred edges. This will prevent the frame from “drifting” sideways.
Pre-cut framing stock.
This kind of framing stock comes in the form of pre-cut wooden pieces in various sizes (10“-28“). Basically, you can assemble any kind of frame you need to from these pieces, which gives you more flexibility than a finished frame, but not as much as cutting the slip of sanded wood on your own. Note that these pieces come with pre-drilled holes, which facilitates the assembly of the frame.
Nowadays there are countless stained glass products on the market, ranging from windows and lamps, to picture frames and Christmas decorations. Not all of them can be considered art, but there was a time when stained glass craftsmanship was valued for the quality and beauty of its products. There are still many witnesses to that period of time, and they mostly take the form of church windows. Here we will try to make a list of some of the most beautiful of such creations, and we sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading about them.
One of the most stunning examples of stained glass craftsmanship is also one of the oldest. These windows are a part of the Augsburg Cathedral that is located in Germany, in the very center of Bavaria. It is estimated that they have been crafted during the 11th century, and among other things, portray biblical figures, such as Moses and Daniel.
Sainte-Chapelle is a cathedral dating from the 13th century, which features some of the largest and most beautiful stained glass windows. They are so big that if you wanted to take a photograph of them from the outer side, you would be forced to use a quadcopter, a mini helicopter such as this one: http://quadcopterguru.com/blade-nano-qx-bnf-review/. It is indeed a stunning work of art, in the creation of which many people were involved.
Christ of Wissembourg
You wouldn’t need a proper quadcopter to take a closer look at these windows, but they are still worth looking at. Dating from the 11th century, they were probably a part of an abbey in Alsace. They feature a portrait of Christ that is so stunning to look at, especially because of his somber expression and piercing eyes.
This cathedral is located in France, and dates back to the early 13th century. The compositions are extremely dense, which results in a deep glow that bathes the entire interior of the church. The most famous window in the whole cathedral is the rose window that pictures Christ’s birth in amazing detail.
This is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in all of Europe, and its stained glass windows are worthy of the reputation. One of them is the biggest window made before the technological advancements that have made the production of such pieces easier. The window is facing the east, and features a stunning portrayal of the apocalypse.
King Arthur and Sir Lancelot
William Morris was a 19th century artist who wanted to revive the medieval medium of stained glass. In his effort to do so, he has gifted us with a window portraying King Arthur and Sir Lancelot, an old image looked at from a fresh perspective.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s window
This window was made in 1912. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest American architects. In designing the window, he was inspired by Morris’ work, and the result of his work is a window that features simple lines and abstract compositions.Read More
With winter season fast approaching, you may now be thinking of your yuletide traditions. You’ve probably started planning a ski vacation to your favorite ski resort. Perhaps, as early as now, you are already looking for the best all mountain ski (check out some nice reviews from WinterNinja.com). But aside from skiing, dressing up your home with Christmas décor is another yuletide tradition that many households prepare for.
While there’s nothing wrong using the same, traditional Christmas décor, wouldn’t it be nice to give your home a fresher yuletide look?
Stained glass decorations are a great way to refresh your Christmas décor. These decorations range from small stained glass hanging decors to the large window-type glass arts. What’s great about stained glass Christmas décor is that they look like crystals – bright, lively and colorful, especially when hit by light. They can make your Christmas tree look very attractive even from afar.
Stained glass decors look gorgeous hanging on a window or on your Christmas tree. They come in many different colors and designs. Popular stained glass Christmas tree hangers include colorful stars, Santa hats, Christmas stockings, Gingerbreadman, snowflakes, flowers, Santa Claus, bows, bells, snowmen, reindeers, and more. There are thousands of amazing designs that would look perfect on your Christmas tree. You can find these unique designs on online shops, such as at Artsy.com. There are also local artists that sell their unique creations at local shops.
If you have a penchant for art and want to add a personal touch in your Christmas decorations, you can ask the help of a local stained glass cutter. You can design your own stained glass arts and have them prepare it for you; or you can simply ask some of their off cuts. These off cuts will have lovely unique shapes that look dazzling. For the edges, you can solder or use clay to finish off the edges.
However, if you have no time to make these personalized art crafts, you can just choose to buy Christmas-themed stained glass pieces. Popular stained glass table tops for Christmas would usually depict the Nativity Scene, Santa Claus and his reindeers, Snowman and winter town, nutcracker, angels, and more. There are lots of many different designs that you will find. You can also find Christmas-inspired Tiffany lampshade. They look perfect on your dining table for this season of Yule.
Place your décor around the Christmas lights. Use lights everywhere to make the glass dazzle in reflections. Incorporate traditional and non-traditional Christmas decorations, such as flowers, wreaths, ribbons, glass beads, to your stained glass. You can also make the effect even bolder by using mirrors – for instance, use a round mirror as base of a tabletop centerpiece.
There are a lot of other designs and styles that you can combine, but one thing’s for sure – you’ll never go wrong using stained glass for your Christmas decors. They look lovely!Read More
Lack of inspiration is not uncommon when you do creative work. Of course, this can happen to you when you do stained glass. Certainly, there are days when you are full of ideas, and the days when they are completely dry out. It’s okay to be with no idea for some time if the stained glass is only your hobby. But if you work on a project for someone else, then the lack of inspiration can be a problem. Here’s what you can do to return your inspiration on track.
Watch other people’s work. No matter which creative activity you do, watching other people’s work can evoke inspiration in you. If you write, read other people’s texts and write your side of the story. If you make stained glass, see the work of others and try to treat the same theme on your way. Yes, it takes some critical thinking. Would you change the color? Are the glass fragments too small? Create a different pattern on the same topic. The inspiration you can look online. However, when it comes to stained glass, no online photos could not conjure up the refraction of light. So, start hunting for inspiration live.
Be physically active. Physical activity is something that is essential to our body. And very often we ignore it. The days of sitting indoors and making stained glass will eventually lead to saturation and fatigue. It is a sign that your body needs physical activity. When you are physically active, then the brain is more active and better supplied with fresh blood, oxygen, nutrients and new ideas. It is irrelevant what kind of physical activities you will choose. Everything comes into consideration – from walks in nature to jumping on the trampolines that you can find on Jump Sport Land.
Spend the day with family, especially with children. Children have a different, more open view to the world, with more serenity and more activities. Sometimes we have much to learn from them. One of their sentences can start an avalanche of ideas. Maybe you just need to relax and enjoy time spent with loved ones. Time spent with children usually means active day, and we have already mentioned that physical activity can evoke inspiration. Enjoy, laugh and wake up a good mood. One of the ways to make children laugh is jumping. We should also bear in mind their safety. A solution for this can be found here: http://jumpsportland.com/best-mini-basketball-outdoor-indoor-trampolines-for-kids/
Do something unusual. Daily routines can quickly become boring and monotonous, though they facilitate completion of tasks. Your inspiration may be dormant in that way. So, take a look at something new and do something different. For instance, take the camera and try to make a great photography. Maybe a different perspective on the world around us inspires new stained glass. Try a new activity. Go to a sport or an event that is not a subject of your interests usually. Inspiration can be hidden anywhere.
We all sometimes need a break from what we do. New events, different people and their opinions will awaken inspiration in you. Then remains only to break it into pieces of glass and assemble into a new entirety in the form of a glowing stained glass.Read More
Stained glass is a form of art, and like all other arts, it have its place in a gallery or museums. There are several stained glass museums in the world, and several galleries that we will mention this time.
Stained glass museum in Ely Cathedral, UK. This cathedral has a special part on the floor, that is actually a gallery of stained glass. It has over 100 valuable pieces of art. These stained-glass windows have their historical significance, and some pieces dating back from the 13th century. Of course, there is a significant number of works that are masterpieces of modern artists. There are organized numerous events during the year, as well as workshops. Although this work was valuable, it was not stored in safes. It is impossible to show it that way. An individual or professional collection of such pieces cannot endanger anyone’s life. It is quite another story when you are dealing with the collection of weapons. Then it is advisable to keep your valuables in a secure safe for weapons.
Stained Glass Museum in Krakow. If you are a fan of stained glass, then your visit to Poland should not pass without a visit to this museum of stained glass. This is the only such museum in Poland. It is situated in a location that is in 1906 intended for maintenance workshops of stained glass. This museum still has primarily this purpose – to inform the public about the process of making stained glass, from idea to realization. In these workshops are made many great stained glasses works. Although the name itself suggests that this is a museum, this place is more a form of educational workshops with a gallery that shows some great stained glass work.
Victoria and Albert Museum in London – This is the museum of applied arts and designs, which has in its collection works that are made of glass and ceramics. This is the largest collection of applied arts in the world, that consists over 80,000 works of ceramic and glass. The pieces presented here date from different periods and from different parts of the world. Actually, it is just one part of a very big collection, that will interest those engaged in stained glass. The whole complex is huge and has something for everyone.
Chihuly Garden and Glass Center in Seattle is not tied to stained glass, but it is certainly worth mentioning when are talking about art that is made of glass. Every fan of stained glass will find interest in these fascinating works. Here are not exhibited pictures, but three-dimensional sculptures that are the work of Dale Chihuly, by which the center is named.
Stained glass is a medieval art, and the process of making has not changed much to this day. In some of these places, you can learn all about this process, and even to try yourself in making stained glass. Maybe visiting a stained glass gallery arouses your love for this hobby. Maybe not, but it will certainly not leave you indifferent.Read More
While stained glass works are common in a cathedral or church, you find these decorative glass works in windows and door panels of homes too. Stained glass consists of colored and textured glass pieces held together within a network of lead to form a panel, which is supported, by stone and mortar, metal or timber framework.
The glass is colored using different glassy enamel coating such as red, green, black, blue, but reddish brown is the common color used. The color is added by including metallic oxides to dry glass mixture along with gum Arabic, sugar, vinegar, water, and clove oil for binding. The mixture is then fired in kilns. While the kiln-fired colors are added to interior of a window, the back or exterior has a yellowish stain, which is formed by adding silver compound, which is fired onto the backside of the glass.
The lead and glass are sealed using waterproofing compound. Large windows consist of smaller sized sections of about two feet, which are secured with copper wires and installed in the frame.
Defects occurring in stained glass
The entire stained glass preparation method from adding paint to fixing should be done precisely for the glass to survive for a long time. Defects or faulty method in one of the steps will result in damage to the entire stained glass framework causing it to fail over time. When each step is done with utmost care, a stained glass piece can retain its stunning glory for many centuries.
But a poorly constructed work can fail in a few years. We had a client whose stained glass windows only two years old crash down. There was no external cause such as tree branches falling or a thunderstorm to instigate the cracks. In fact, the client had a well-trimmed and beautiful garden. He said that his POLESAW is a very handy tool that made his landscaping work easier. Here are some defects that occur in the glass:
Defects in glass include tiny bubbles or lines that run in a criss-cross way. While these may look like faults, they might have been added by the artist as part of the design.
Cracks in the glass indicate deterioration of the material. Single cracks are due to internal stress. Multiple cracks may be due to some external stress or impact. If you find cracks, you need to look at conservative efforts.
Discoloration or pitting on the glass surface indicates deterioration or corrosion of the glass. These surface issues may be due to excess water or other reasons too. If such defects are present, it is necessary to approach a conservator for doing the necessary repair.
If you notice the window bowed or bulging or cracks on the lead face especially near to solder joints or a powdery white spotting of the surface, it indicates failure of the lead to structurally hold the glass together. The powdery white spotting is due to lead carbonate is toxic, and hence you should remove it only with the help of a conservator and not on your own.Read More