Saturday, May 25, 2019

Fascinating and Fundamental part 27

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The Intricate and Spectacular Process of Making Stained Glass

Let us pay homage to the process of making stained glass that dates back to the middle ages. 5,000 years ago, the beautiful and refined process of decorating
Stained glass is an art form that has been around since ancient times. Dating all the way back to Egyptians and Romans. However, stained glass as we know it today dates back to the 4th and 5th century when churches began using them in their construction.
But stained glass isn't just for ancient buildings, it is still used and loved by many today. Especially builders who want to give their architecture a classic look.
But how exactly is this beautiful form of art created? Keep reading to find out the intricate process of making stained glass!

The Process of Making Stained Glass

Making stained glass windows can be a complicated process. Here are the primary steps.

Step 1: Make a Cartoon

The first thing an artist does is make a sketch of what they want the stained glass to look like. Sometimes this can be in sections, and sometimes this can be the entire stained glass window. It can vary depending on the size and scope of the project. 
These full sized drawings are cartoons, and no, these aren't Looney Tunes. Usually, more detailed information is on these cartoons. Things such as glass shapes and colors used.

Step 2: Cut the Glass

Next, the artist will choose different colors of glass based on their unique window design. Then the artist paints the outline and cuts the rough pieces with a dividing iron.
The extremely hot tip is applied to the glass which causes it to break. The glass is then cut more intricately with a grozing iron to create the desired shape.

Step 3: Paint the Pieces

After the pieces have been cut to size, the artist will then paint each piece with something called vitreous paint. This vitreous paint has little pieces of glass that during firing melt and merge with the glass. This gives it really nice black and brown tones.

Step 4: Glazing and Leading

Glazing is the process of putting together and laying out the different pieces of glass as they will appear in the window. The artist then places the finished pieces on the cartoon and then joined together with lead to create the different panels. Those lead pieces are then soldered together on both sides to help lock in the stained glass panels.

Step 5: Cement and Finish

The final step in this process is to cement the entire window using a semi-liquid cement. You apply this with a brush and then covered with sawdust or chalk to help soak up excess liquid. The last thing is to scrub the whole window with a dry brush until only the cement underneath the lead is left.

Marriage of Color and Light

The final product after making stained glass windows is something truly beautiful. Especially when the light shines through the glass just right. There are so many ways to decorate with stained glass windows!
So what are you waiting for? It's time to include stained glass in your next project! For amazing stained glass pieces that you can add to your home or business, head over to my website now!
That is all for now!  Thank you for visiting and may sunshine fill your day!

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 28

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The Most Beautiful Stained Glass Windows Around the Globe

Around the world is home to some of the most beautiful stained glass windows and famously decorated cathedrals that bring the artwork to the space itself.
The earliest examples of stained glass work date back to 686 A.D. This is why there are hundreds of stunning stained glass windows around the world.
They are a breathtaking feature that adds depth and beauty to any place. And they wouldn't look out of place in your regular home.
But if you're putting a stained glass window in your home, you'll need some inspiration. So check out these beautiful stained glass windows from around the world! 

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

It might be easy to overlook Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, in favor of some of its bigger attractions. But it's famous stained glass windows are easily the best in the city.
The chapel is home to 6,500 square feet of stained glass. It features 15 panels, which tell a plethora of religious stories.
The windows were originally built in the 13th century. But a huge restoration project in 2015 means they're looking better than ever!

Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona

The Palau de la Música Catalana is a stunning fete of architecture. And its stained glass windows are its centerpiece. 
It features a huge stained glass skylight, which allows warm light to fill the building. It's a great demonstration that stained glass doesn't have to make a building gloomy. 
You can see it in person on a tour of the building.

The Beautiful Stained Glass in the Cathedral of Brasília, Brazil

Brazil's cathedrals break from the traditional religious imagery of stained glass. And the results are stunning.
Oscar Niemeyer and Marianne Peretti's 1990 design is a brilliant example of this. It features 22,000 square-feet of blue, green, brown and white glass. It depicts calming waves and makes up the sloped-roof of the cathedral.
To check out more examples of innovative modern designs, also have a look at the Santuário Dom Bosco in Brazil.

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Iran

The Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz has many names thanks to its breathtaking stained glass windows. Some call it the Pink Mosque or the Mosque of Colors.
Thousands of colors pour across the floors and walls, cast by the bright panes of glass. Walking through the building feels like walking through a kaleidoscope. It's definitely one to see in person if you can! 

Chapel of Thanksgiving, Texas

The stunning Chapel of Thanksgiving in Dallas combines stained glass with amazing architecture. 
The Glory Window spirals 60 feet skywards. The spiral is home to bright panels of stained glass. These transition from cool colors to warmer ones the higher up you get.
It's a great example of how stained glass can tell a story in a subtle yet beautiful way.

Aachen Cathedral, Germany

If you're looking for something traditional you can't beat Aachen Cathedral's stained glass.
The building of this gothic site began in 796 and continued through the Middle Ages. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Second World War was responsible for destroying some of the original glazings. Walther Benner and Anton Wendling designed new windows in keeping with the originals. These are nearly 84 feet tall.

The Bottom Line 

As you can see, there's no one way to use stained glass. But beautiful stained glass will brighten up any building however you use it! 
For more innovative ideas for your windows, check out the top 5 trends for 2019.
That is all for now and I hope you enjoyed this 'trip' site-seeing beautiful stained glass!
May sunshine fill your day!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 26

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Color Your Life: Top Tips for Using Modern Stained Glass Windows in Your Home

You've seen it all over Pinterest. Modern stained glass windows seem to be everywhere. Here's how to use them to add color to your home.
Did you know that humans started creating stained glass as early as 686 A.D.?
Although you may think stained glass windows are reserved for churches and other historic buildings, there are plenty of gorgeous contemporary homes that use them.
Want to know how to add an exciting twist to your living space? Keep reading for 5 tips on how to use modern stained glass windows in your home.

1. Consider Where the Light Hits

Stained glass windows for homes are beautiful day or night, but it's important to note where the light will fall as the day progresses. Any colors that are present in your windows will also reflect on the floors, walls, and any other objects in the light's path.
This isn't a big deal for most people, but if you're thinking about putting modern stained glass panels in your office, for example, the colors may be distracting.

2. Modern Stained Glass Windows Can Be Good in Small Doses

Although you may have only seen huge stained glass windows before, you can add as much or as little to your windows as you like. In fact, you can have normal glass windows with small stained glass accents.
Since glass is so easy to customize, you have all of the creative freedom to design a window that fits your unique aesthetic.

3. Choose the Right Colors for Each Room

Stained glass can come in every hue imaginable. If you don't want to redecorate your room, you won't have any trouble finding windows that complement the colors in your decor.
Since there are no rules, you don't have to feel restricted by matching colors either. Adding a pop of rainbow into a more muted room can add just enough excitement to make the space feel more inviting.

4. Use Strategic Stained Glass Window Designs

Another benefit of using stained glass windows is that you can create any design you like. If you want more traditional windows, you can stick with classic geometric shapes. If you want more unique windows, you can create designs with any patterns, shapes, colors, and sizes.
Creating stained glass windows is similar to any other kind of art. You can turn any vision into a reality.

5. Think of It as Artwork

Since there are no limits to what can be done with contemporary stained glass windows, they can have a big personality in your house. Thinking of your windows as art pieces can help you determine which designs will make you happy.
If you wouldn't hang a painting over the area where your stained glass windows would go, then maybe that's not the right spot. Before you install your stained glass windows, try to approach the space with the same mentality as you would with adding any other art to your home.

Ready to Shop for Modern Stained Glass?

When done tastefully, modern stained glass windows can breathe new life into your home.
Are you ready to start creating your dream living space? Check out our collection to find your perfect stained glass windows. 
That's all for now!  May sunshine fill your day!

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 25

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Changing Light Fixtures? How to Mix and Match to Brighten Up Your Space

When changing light fixtures, you may be tempted to get all matching lighting sets. If you want to be more adventurous, here's how to mix and match lights.

You may have an open plan area in your home, such as a kitchen and dining area. Or maybe the entry and the living areas are in the same place.
In these parts of your home, visitors can see all those light fixtures at once. Should you go for matching fixtures, or mix it up a little?
It's not always appropriate to use the same light fixtures in each of those zones. You wouldn't have a chandelier over your kitchen sink!
Maybe you want new fixtures because you're switching to LED lighting. But how do you mix and match your light fixtures for the best effect? That's what we'll discuss in this post. Let's learn more about changing lighting fixtures to brighten your room!

Should Light Fixtures Match?

As we've already said, not always. Sometimes, they don't even match within the same room. You might have a dressing room style lighting set up at your bathroom sink, but then you have pendant lights over the tub.
How do you choose the types of light fixtures for a room? You need to match traits rather than entire fixtures. For example, you might choose different types of fixtures that share a style and a color palette.
They'll work together as design elements within the room, but they'll also perform the intended function too.

Choosing Light Fixtures

So you've decided on the design scheme for the room. When you're choosing light fixtures, avoid picking different fixtures from the same collection.
Maybe the lighting designer has sconces and a chandelier in the same collection. Don't use them both in the same room. It'll lead to a monotonous look and rather than matching, they'll look dull.
Instead, revisit the step above and find fixtures that match in theme, trait, color, or style. You can also use fixtures from the same collection in different rooms! That creates design harmony within the whole space.

Changing Lighting Fixtures

Say you're changing light fixtures within a room, but you're not redecorating the whole space. Try choosing the same type of fixture but in a different material or color.
You could swap a brass chandelier for a wooden one, or glass pendants for brushed steel. It'll give you the effect of a whole new redesign without spending money on new decor.
If you've changed items like rugs or drapes, feel free to choose new light fixture colors to match them. You could also use basic color theory to find complementary shades for an ultra-modern look. Instead of matching lamps to your light fixtures, why not match your fixtures to your lamps?

Let There Be Light

Now you know how to mix and match when you're changing lighting fixtures. Be brave and bold when choosing the styles that work together. You can also pick materials to match other colors and textures within the space. Don't be afraid to have fixtures from different collections or brands.
And remember changing lighting fixtures can be the quickest way to breathe new life into a room. Why not check out our lighting catalog to find the best fixtures for you?
That's all for today!  May sunshine fill your day!  Visit us soon at Stained Glass Panels Plus for your ideas to become reality!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 24


Light up Your Child's World: How to Choose a Lamp for Their Room

If your child isn't old enough to decorate their own room, then it's up to you. Here are a few tips for choosing the best lamps for the job.
Lamps are an awesome way to light up a room. There are so many different styles and options, and it can be a little hard to choose which lamp to get. Well, don't worry! We're here to help you!
There are a few things to consider when deciding on which lamps are a good fit for your child's room. Keep reading for some great tips on choosing the perfect lamp!

Consider Your Space

When choosing the right lamp, you want to make sure it works in the space you are going to put it in. If you're just starting to put your child's room together, you may want to do things that will change the room drastically, like painting, first. One thing that won't change, though, is the size of your room.
The size of the room will inform how much light will be needed. For a small room, one large floor lamp might be enough for general illumination. You can supplement it with one or two smaller lamps to give a nice ambiance. 
Is your child's room going to have a theme? Keep that in mind when selecting lamps. You can be as creative as you want! Have an underwater theme? Maybe try a multi-bulb tree lamp with a blue bulb that you can turn on for that under the sea vibe!

Pick Lamps That Work with Your Furniture

What furniture you incorporate into your child's room is also a great way to inform your lamp choices.
Do they have a desk for coloring or studying? A desk lamp is a good idea then. Use a desk lamp to add general ambiance to the room and as a dedicated activity light source. Having a dedicated light source for the desk can help reduce eye strain while your kid colors or reads.
The same goes for you! If you have a rocking chair set up so that you can read your kid a bedtime story, a reading light is a wonderful thing. Rather than reading with the overhead light on and keeping your kid awake, you can focus the light primarily on the book. That way you can see, and your kid can slowly drift off to sleep in the lower light.

Don't Forget the Nightlight

A nightlight is the quintessential child's room lamp. A small bedside nightlight can be fun and also functional.
Children are often not as aware of their surroundings as adults, so having a small light on at night can help them get around when getting up to use the bathroom. Some kids fear the dark, and even those without a major fear usually feel more comfortable with a little bit of light.
Nightlights come in all kinds of cool and cute designs, and you can find the perfect one to fit your child and the theme of their room! 

Lamps to Fit Your Style

So now that you've given it a little thought, get out there and find the perfect lamps for your child's room! We have a large selection to choose from, give us a call if you have any questions!
That's all for now!  May sunshine fill your day!

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 23

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Upgrade Your Windows: 5 Amazing Trends for 2019

New year, new look. Here are a few beautiful window treatment trends that are happening in 2019.
Ever seen an odd-looking house? More often than not, the problem is with the windows. They might not look suitable for the house or they might seem outdated.
Don’t let your home fall into the same trap.
Finding the right windows that match current trends can turn into an uphill battle. In fact, the average expenses on windows are at $4,516, with maximum cost reaching up to $11,116.
Knowing the expected values for your budget, you need windows that are both trendy and energy-efficient. Here are some window treatment trends designed to enrich your home with both a trendy and environmentally-friendly approach:

1. Black Window Frames

Using black window frames would be a good start in veering towards the dramatic and modern look. White window frames tend to be more traditional when it comes to style.
Since black works well with every color combination and home style, it continues to sit as a solid choice. It also helps with letting other designs pop out and shine. For instance, the use of black window frames can enhance printed or patterned window treatments.
You can complement black window frames with light colored curtains for a play on harmony.

2. Window Decals

One of the window treatment trends that you can try out is window decals. They are also a step away from traditional window treatments, leaning towards a different approach.
Look for something unexpected or a bit unusual but appealing for you. Stained-glass looking window decals are a good example of this. The easy-to-install nature of window decals makes it a great alternative to regular drapes.

3. More Glass, Less Frame

Another trend that continues to dazzle at this point is in having larger windows. More home buyers would aim for fixed windows and even corner windows. This provides a wider view area and more towards natural light.
A great number of window manufacturers are doing away with grids to achieve this. All thanks to this particular approach with windows.

4. Fewer Window Screens

Going with the trend mentioned earlier, the pursuit now also extends with having more of the windows and less of window screens. This design allows more sunlight into your home. It also makes the window look less like a set of prison bars.

5. Trendy Color Combinations

When it comes to trends, both traditional and modern, color palettes continue to influence designs. In this case, these trends can go in two different directions.
One is to go towards a brighter approach with white and soft beige. The other approach is towards a darker palette with the use of dark brown and dark grey, which work well with wood.
Check out the style of your home first before deciding what to pick. The key here is finding the right combination that blends well with your home.

Go Modern with These Window Treatment Trends Today

In pursuing modern home trends, you can do so much that is within your home’s style and budget. With these window treatment trends and suggestions, you might be able to enrich and enhance your home’s overall style with these contemporary aesthetics in design.
When it comes to enriching your home, especially with windows, we have what you are looking for. Feel free to contact us and we’ll get you started.
That's all for now!  May sunshine fill your day!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 22

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Just Add Character: 5 Unique Home Accent Pieces You Need to Try

Worried about breaking out of the cookie cutter mold? Check out these 5 unique home accent pieces that set yours apart from the crowd.
Home decor is big business, generating expected revenues of over $600 billion by 2020. But so many people decorate with the same boring home decor.
Why not use unique home accent pieces to express your individual instead? It's fun and doesn't have to be expensive either. 
Looking for some cool ideas? Check out these five unique home accent pieces that'll set your home apart. 

1. Statement Piece

The beauty of the statement piece is that it can be anything you want. It doesn't have to be art. Furniture, unusual wall decor, or an interesting lamp all fit the bill.
Small, medium, or large, it's a piece that captures your imagination and attention. The statement piece is the spotlight of the room. Design the room around it.
You probably won't find your statement piece in a big-box home store. But don't be surprised if you find it at a garage sale. Try a large mirror with an interesting frame on the biggest wall of your living room. 
Mirrors add light and interest.

2. Beautiful Lighting

We all need lights. But we don't need boring lights! Overhead lights are often utilitarian and uninteresting. Adding unique lighting to all your rooms sets you apart from the crowd.  
Try a funky modern chandelier over the dining room table. Or if your taste is traditional, find a beautiful old chandelier with lots of teardrop crystals. The right chandelier doubles as a statement piece.
Use lighting in a different way. Instead of a nightstand lamp, hang an unusual pendant light. It frees up space on the nightstand while giving your bedroom an unusual look. 

3. Display Collectibles

Do you have a collection? Don't box it away or keep it in the den. Install floating shelves high on the wall. Putting your collectibles on display is more fun than stashing them in the den or boxing them up. 
From vintage bottles to figurines, your collectibles add a personal touch. Do you collect baseball cards? Consider framing your favorites and creating a gallery wall. 

4. Try an Unusual Timepiece

Most people use their cellphone or the clock on the microwave to keep track of time. But a unique clock is functional and decorative. Find something quirky and fun and hang it in a prominent location. 

5. A Cool Room Divider

There are many interesting ways to divide a room. You don't always need a wall. Hang a decorative screen from the ceiling. Another great accent divider is an open bookshelf.
Use a tall, narrow bookshelf that's open on both sides. Put books and other decorative items on the shelf. Place the shelf between the two areas you want divided. 

Separate Yourself from the Crowd with Unique Home Accents

Don't decorate like everyone else. Set yourself apart with unique home accents. Put your signature style on the above ideas and be the envy of all your neighbors. 
Start with some statement pieces for the main rooms in your home. Use unusual lighting and fun clocks throughout the house. Divide a big room with a decorative screen or bookshelf. 
And don't forget to stage your collectibles! Looking for more great ideas? Take a look here-->
That's all for now!  May sunshine fill your day!