Friday, October 19, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 14

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5 Reasons to Consider Stained Glass Windows For Homes

5 Reasons to Consider Stained Glass Windows For Homes

Stained glass isn't just for churches. Here are some great reasons you should consider stained glass windows for your home.

Keyword(s): stained glass windows for homes

Are you considering stained glass windows for your home?
Stained glass windows are popular in churches but they can also make a beautiful addition to your home. They were popular in the Victorian Era because of their unique style and are still very popular today throughout the United States.
But how will stained windows make your home different?
Read on to learn 5 reasons to consider stained glass windows for homes!

1. Make a Statement

Stained glass windows make your home stand out in a unique way.
That's because they make a statement about your home design. Each window tells its own story, which makes them a talking point for you and your guests.
Visitors will be drawn to the colorful designs and be curious about what made you pick those over other options. Since each window tells its own story, this makes them a talking point for you and your guests.

2. Artwork on Windows

Stained glass is much more interesting than the windows found in an average home or office.
That's because they are often designed by artisans that bring your ideas to life. This makes your windows a piece of artwork and a great way for you and your family to personally express yourselves.
Stained glass is also full of colors, which can help them the centerpiece of your home's artwork. This allows you to forego purchasing other expensive pieces of art to accent your home.

3. Extra Privacy With Natural Light

Stained glass for windows gives your home extra privacy while also not sacrificing natural light.
With standard windows, there is no color which allows someone to see through them clearly. This can create safety and privacy concerns for you and your family.
Because of this, homeowners with standard windows often buy window treatments like blinds, shutters, or curtains.
Besides being expensive, these window treatments also prevent natural light from entering your home unless they are open.
Stained glass has enough color to block visibility while also being naturally translucent.

4. Increase Your Home Value

You can increase your home value by adding stained glass windows.
According to the Independent, you can add between 5 and 15 percent of value in your home by installing stained glass windows.
But, how?
Stained glass windows are built to withstand the test of time. This allows them to maintain the integrity of your home.
They also give your home period authenticity because they are indicative of the era when they were installed.

5. Be Creative

Your home is a reflection of you and your family's personality. Stained glass is a creative way to express yourself while also thinking outside the box.
For example, you can choose stained glass windows that are based on themes for each room in your home.
This way, no window in your home will be exactly the same.

Wrapping Up: The Best Stained Glass Windows For Homes

Stained glass windows for homes are a fun way to express your style and make your home different.

That is all for now...may sunshine fill your day!

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 13

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5 Stunning Ways to Style Your Home With Stained Glass

5 Stunning Ways to Style Your Home With Stained Glass

Are you looking for a great way to add color to your home? Here are some incredible ways you can style your home using stained glass.

Every great home design has a creative mix of colors throughout the house. Whether you're going for a modern look or an art deco space, the right use of color is crucial.

You don't want to end up with a home design that falls flat because there isn't enough color to liven it up. On the other hand, you risk going over the top and missing the mark if the colors you pick out clash.
Luckily, there are tons of tricks to help you find a happy balance - and one of them is the use of stained glass. If you've never thought of hanging stained glass in your home, you need to seriously consider it.
Here are 5 ways you can style this beautiful piece of interior design.

1. On the Front Door

Lots of vintage doors already come with stained glass on them, and there's really no need to change that. You may want to clean the glass a bit or swap out some of the colors, but it would be a huge mistake to change the entire design of such a door.
If you have a modern front door with window panels or a more basic setup, it's easy to incorporate stained glass. You can also put stained glass around the door if there are small windows in the entryway.

2. In the Kitchen

The next place that stained glass would look absolutely beautiful is the kitchen. All you need is a small touch to transform the look and feel of the room.
Imagine putting a border of stained glass around the kitchen window, or by covering one the window panels entirely if you have a lot of windows in the room. There are all kinds of possibilities in this part of the house. Don't be afraid to play with different ideas until you're sure of the best choice.

3. To Brighten the Bathroom

Another space that could benefit from a touch of stained glass is the bathroom.
Whether you have a large master bathroom or a small guest bath, stained glass can create more comfort and beauty in this space. It can make a tiny half-bath look a lot bigger and it makes a big bathroom feel more welcoming, too.

4. On the Ceiling

Here's an interesting thought: if you have a sunroom with a glass ceiling or a few skylights somewhere in the house, you have a great canvas to incorporate stained glass onto.
This isn't to say you have to completely cover the glass on your ceiling. But, a nice border on the ceiling of the sunroom or a stained glass design on a skylight would be a nice touch. These are stunning upgrades that really make a statement.

5. As Wall Decor

If you can't find any openings or windows to place your stained glass, consider framing a piece of stained glass. It sounds a little silly at first, but it looks amazing once you actually do it.
All you need to do is find a place on your walls that needs a bit of color. You could hang a set of stained glass in the living room or put it in the entryway among family pictures and loving quotes.
Wherever you hang it, though, it's sure to be a lovely addition to your home.

Find the Perfect Stained Glass for Your Home

You still have to find the ideal piece of art once you figure out where you'd like to put your stained glass. This is a process of its own. There are all kinds of stained glass designs to choose from, and the right one can be difficult to choose.
It is out there, though. You just have to find it!
You can start your search by taking a moment to explore the stained glass we offer.

That is all for now!  May sunshine fill your day!!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 12

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What's it Worth? 7 Signs Your Stained Glass Pieces are Valuable

What's it Worth? 7 Signs Your Stained Glass Pieces are Valuable

So you found some stained glass pieces and you're wondering what they're worth. Start with these signs of valuable stained glass pieces.

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To a lot of people, stained glass might just look like junk. It may seem like it has no value at all.
You know that this is not always true. Stained glass pieces can offer a lot of value and in the right hands, can be worth a lot of money.
How can you know if the stained glass you have can earn you some extra cash?
There are some simple tips that you will be able to follow in order to determine the value of your stained glass.

1. What's the Condition?

The first thing to look at when you want to find out how much your stained glass is worth is the condition the pieces are in. If the pieces are scratched or chipped, they are going to be worth much less money than if they are in mint condition.

2. Are These Stained Glass Pieces Rare?

Pieces that are made by artists that only have a few items out there or are well-known and unique are much more desirable to the general public.
When people want a certain type of stained glass, they are willing to give up more of their money.

3. How Do They Look?

This kind of relates to the condition of the stained glass, but it also relates to the way that it looks. Does it look pretty? Does it have an unsettling pattern?
A lot of the popular pieces that are more beautiful and aesthetically appealing will cost and be worth more. People want things that look nice!

4. Are The Pieces Genuine?

Is your glass the real deal or is your glass a copycat?
Glass that can be shown to come from a specific artist, time period or style may be more valuable. If the glass pieces are just fake stained glass, they likely are not going to be worth as much overall.

5. What Kind of Glass Is It?

This may not seem important, but it really does matter the type of glass the pieces are made from. This can help to determine the time period and can affect the overall value in this way.
For instance, if the glass is opalescent, which means there is more than one color, this will show that it had to have been created after 1880. Obviously, pieces that can be dated as being older are going to be worth more since they are more unique.

6. Can You Determine the Style?

The style of the stained glass can also help to show what year it may have been made. In addition to this, the style will appeal to specific buyers more than others if someone is collecting stained glass from a certain style, such as art deco or primitive styles.

7. How Old Is It?

This has been mentioned, but if there is solid proof that the stained glass can be dated to a certain point in time, you will have a much easier time selling it and getting your money's worth as well.

Tell Me The Value!

People like to purchase things that are unique, expensive, and specific, which is why these factors are so important if you want to determine the value of any stained glass you may come across.
There are a lot of stained glass pieces out there, both real and fake, so it is crucial that you pay close attention to what you are buying or trying to sell. No one likes to be tricked and having the necessary knowledge to prevent that is always a wise decision.
Contact us if you would like to learn more about stained glass, windows, and lamps that you can use to spruce up the look of your home.

That's all for now...may sunshine fill your day!

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 11

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5 Ways to Add a Touch of Victorian Decor to Your Living Room

5 Ways to Add a Touch of Victorian Decor to Your Living Room

A little Victorian decor can give your home a dramatic and extravaggant look. Here's how to infuse your living room with Victorian style.

The Victorian period is remembered as one of the most opulent times in recent history.

Adding Victorian decor to a modern home is an excellent way to stand out from the crowd.
How though do you achieve that unique style using modern materials?
Here are five ways you can give a room or your entire home a Victorian makeover.

1. The Layered Look

Victorian style was all about excess. Heavy furniture dripping with gold, bold lamps, display cases, and all manner of oddments.
To achieve a modern Victorian design for your home, don't be afraid to layer. Combine dark wood furniture with opulent Persian rugs. Coffee and end tables should never be left open.
The Victorian home was proud to show off the wealth and grandeur it contained. Place clocks, elegant coasters, display pieces, and mementos liberally. This shouldn't interfere with the functionality of course, but other than that the sky's the limit.

2. Lighting

Light is one of the key elements of any home design. In a Victorian house interior, this is even more crucial.
Your light sources should be more than functional. Use tastefully decorated lamps placed in precise locations. Ceiling fixtures must act as a showcase of your personal style.
For the ultimate display of Victorian splendor, use an antique chandelier. Something positively dripping with elegant cut glass or crystal.
Natural lighting is just as important. Use a mix of well-placed windows for illumination with classic stained glass panels. There's nothing that reveals the old-world elegance and grandeur like the light of the sun playing through a multicolored stained glass panel.

3. Opulent Patterning

Victorian homes made heavy use of intricate patterns. Furniture, wallpaper, and carpeting were just a few of the most common examples of this.
In Victorian times the word on every lip was aspirational. The emerging middle class suddenly had the resources to decorate their homes in ways previously available only to the aristocracy.
Nowhere was this more apparent than in the detailed and highly sculpted patterns of their furnishings. Mix this into your home using a piece with an homage to the gothic revival, Tudor, or arts and crafts styles.

4. Wall Styling

Victorian style was all about the contrasting views. Use wallpaper or an interesting paint scheme to help your home stand out.
Victorian parlors were often covered with patterned wallpaper. Think of the repeating Fleur de Lis design on raised paper.
If you prefer paint, use bold color with white trim. An accent wall is another excellent way to add Victorian flair.

5. Integrate Modern and Victorian Decor

Sometimes it's the incongruity of styles that create the most striking visual tableau's. Combine modern amenities and features with Victorian style to put your own individual touch on a room.
A brand new computer sitting on a 19th century engraved desk. A flatscreen tv framed by victorian lamps on an elegant stand. All of these can give your home a touch of Victorian elegance without overpowering your personal style.

Don't Forget to Have Fun

Decorating your home should bring you joy! If you want to incorporate Victorian decor into it, make sure you enjoy the hunt for the perfect pieces.
To give your home an instant Victorian feel, check out some of these elegant stained glass panels.

That is all for now...may sunshine fill your day!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 10

A Salvager's Guide to Repairing and Restoring Stained Glass

A Salvager's Guide to Repairing and Restoring Stained Glass

Whether you are a thrift store junkie, or you've inherited an old home with stained glass, you're going to want to know how to go about restoring stained glass to it's original glory, and this guide will go over the basics of restoring stained glass.

You're at an estate sale and you notice two beautifully crafted stained glass window panes.

You're mesmerized. The rich history of stained glass is alluring for all salvagers and you are no exception.
When you get them home and start inspecting them you realize they need some work.
Restoring stained glass isn't something you know much about, so what do you do?
We're here to help you figure that out!

What to Look For

Stained Glass pieces are made from cut pieces of glass, lead or zinc cames (metal that holds the glass), a putty compound to secure the glass to the metal, and support bars to keep the glass from sagging.
Before deciding to restore or repair stained glass, always evaluate its condition.
If the glass rattles while you glide your hand over it, the putty needs replaced. This is an easy DIY project.
Check the cames to make sure they are wired to the support and in good condition. If you notice a bulge, broken glass, or frame/structure issues take it to a professional.

Assembling A Stained Glass Repair Kit

Replacing the putty is the easiest part of restoring stained glass for any owner.
You can go to almost any hardware store to get your materials:
  • glazing putty
  • linseed oil
  • liquid lamp black
  • precision knife
  • large paint brush
  • old rag
  • steel wool
The amount of putty materials depends on the size of the project you are doing.

Restoring Stained Glass

After laying out the panes on a flat surface and creating the new putty mix, it's time to get started.
1. Remove the old putty
Using the precision knife, clean out the old putty and brush it away.
2. Brush on the putty mixture
Putty should be the consistency of molasses, stiff but spreadable. Brush it over the entire surface.
Push the brush into grooves of the cames. Using a wooden stick, gently press the putty into the edges.
Let it dry for 15-20 minutes.
3. Clean away the excess putty
Once 15-20 minutes has gone by wipe away the excess with a rag going from the middle and pushing towards the edges.
Once the excess is gone let it dry for a couple more hours.
Finish cleaning with steel wool and wipe away with soft water.
4. Repeat on the other side
Repeat this process on the other side of the panel for more stabilization.

How to Clean Stained Glass

Once a piece is restored or repaired keep up with proper cleaning.
  • Start with only soft or deionized water
  • Use non-ionic detergent or soaps
  • Never use household cleaners
Unpainted glass may yellow or have a film-- acetone, mineral spirits or isopropyl alcohol will work best. Always clean with soap and rinse with water after.
Cleaning painted glass requires more care-- especially if the paint is chipping-- using cotton swabs is best. Only ever use soap and water.

Learning More About Stained Glass

Using these techniques will prolong the life of any stained glass piece you own!
If you're interested in learning more about restoring stained glass or finding new pieces to add to your home, contact us here.

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Fascinating and Fundamental Part 9

The Best of the World's Most Famous Stained Glass Windows

The Best of the World's Most Famous Stained Glass Windows

If you love stained glass windows as much as you do, then you're going to love this collection of some of the most famous stained glass windows from all over the world. Is your favorite installation on our list? Check out the article and see!

Stained glass windows are among some of the most beautiful man-made items to look upon. The level of craftsmanship and the amount of time and effort that goes into making them only add to the grandeur.

If you feel this way every time you check out stained glass, you are certainly not alone.
However, you know that not all glass is created equal, and that some hold more value than others - even to the point of being famous.
Where are these famously stained glass windows, you ask? We wanted to know, too - and put together a small list of some of the world's most famous stained windows ever created.

The Most Well-known Stained Glass Windows Ever Created

Here are just a few of the most marvelous stained windows in existence today. Check out the list and see what you think.


The Saint-Chapelle of Paris has some of the finest and longest standing examples of stained glass done right.
Labeled "The jewel of the Rayonnant Gothic period", the Sainte-Chapelle was built in the 13th century under the rule of King Louis IX. It was initially intended to house valuables and precious relics but became a relic itself in its design.
It holds a collection of 15 windows measuring almost 50 feet high. Each of the windows depicts a scene from the Bible in bright, gem-like colors and an impressive attention to detail.

The Skylight at the Palau de la Musica Catalana

The Skylight is located in Barcelona, Spain, and is truly a unique work of art and a rare example of telling a story through staining and shape.
It was originally intended to represent the sun and the sky (hence the name) and they did this not only through the staining but also through sculpting, creating a bulbous three-dimensional masterpiece.
The stains themselves depict an array of colors, starting from blue at the very top of the ceiling and flowing down into a yellow-red hue as they reach the tip of the bulb. The

King's College Chapel

There are few places where you will find such a beautiful selection of narrative windows as you would at King's College Chapel.
This chapel was erected during the 15th and 16th centuries at the University of Cambridge's King's College, and boasts many marvels such as numerous sculptures and a painting by Baroque master Peter Paul Rubens.
However, the narrative windows steal the limelight. Some of the panes depict scenes from the Gospels, while others depict scenes of royalty. All scenes are delivered in vibrant colors for the word to enjoy.

Share in the Beauty of Stained Windows

Think you've seen all of the best stained glass windows the world has to offer? Well, think again.
Our site is the place to go to learn all about stained windows. We know what it takes to create the various intricate patterns and where to spot the finest examples of work - and we bring the facts straight to you.

Check us out to find out all that we have to offer. We look forward to seeing you soon.

That's all for now!  May sunshine fill your day!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 8

Stained Glass Maintenance: How to Clean Stained Glass

How to Clean Stained Glass

When it comes to stained glass maintenance, you need to be gentle. Here's how to clean stained glass and what cleaning products you'll need.

Stained, or colored, glass has been around as early as 686 BCE. But how do you clean this 2,700-year-old work of art? If you've got it--old or new--in your home or office, knowing how to clean stained glass can help keep it let in more light while ensuring it stays in tip-top shape.

In this guide, we'll take you through everything you need to know, from materials to process. Keep reading to learn how to clean stained windows.

Materials For Cleaning Stained Glass

You definitely want to avoid anything abrasive, acidic, or basic when cleaning stained glass windows. Using such materials runs the risk of etching or scratching the glass, or worse. Keep reading to learn how to clean stained glass windows with the right materials.
Instead, you'll want a soft cloth--like microfiber. While you're collecting materials, get two so you can use one wet and one dry. The best way to keep stained glass clean is to dust occasionally with the dry cloth, but we're going to discuss when you actually need to wash your stained glass.
Get some towels too. You're also going to need a large bowl to wet and rinse one of the cleaning cloths. Cotton swabs are also useful.
You'll need some distilled water. If the glass is really dirty, you might consider getting some cleaner--but make sure the cleanser meets these requirements:
  • No vinegar
  • No ammonia
  • Non-abrasive
  • Neutral pH (in the 6.5 to 7.5 range)
Don't use anything stronger on your stained glass. If you can't get it clean with these materials, you'll need to contact a professional restorer.

How To Clean Stained Glass

Now that you know what you'll need, let's get into the actual process to clean your stained glass without damaging it. The process is simple, but depending on the complexity of your window(s), it can take some time.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

We won't go through the list of supplies again--see above. But you want to ensure you have everything ready to go. Once you put liquid on the glass, it will streak if you don't clean it right away.

Step 2: Protect The Sill(s)

Place towels on the window sill(s) to keep them from getting wet. If you skip this step, you'll just end up with more messes to clean.

Step 3: Prepare The Wet Cloth

Fill the bowl with the cleaning solution of your choice or distilled water, or a mixture of water and cleanser. Dip one of the microfiber cloths in the water and wring it out until it's just damp.

Step 4: Wash

Starting from the top down, clean the glass panes. Rinse the microfiber cloth every now and then to keep it clean. You can use a cotton swab for hard to reach spots.
Dry each section of glass with the dry microfiber cloth before washing the next section.

How to Clean Stain Glass: Bonus Tips & Conclusion

If your glass is streaked after you clean it, you can use calcium carbonate, or whiting powder, to remove the streaks. If the lead has turned white and powdery, clean with a soft cloth while wearing gloves and a face mask.
Because lead is poisonous, throw away the cloth, mask, and gloves when you're finished. There isn't a known safe level of exposure to lead.
If you have additional questions about how to clean stained glass, drop us a comment below.

That is all for now!  May sunshine fill your day!