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.

May sunshine fill your day!

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!

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 7

How to Install Stained Glass Window Inserts

How to Install Stained Glass Window Inserts

Did you recently buy stained glass window inserts? If you have a pre-made window frame, you can easily install stained glass inserts. Here's your guide.

Congratulations on your beautiful new stained glass window inserts! Stained glass can add new light, privacy, and value to your home. Once you get it in place, that is.

Know how to properly install your new stained glass piece? If you have a pre-made window frame, you can easily install your new art. Let us walk you through the process to avoid injury or frustration.
Keep reading to learn more.

Adding Stained Glass to Existing Windows

Keep the insulating properties of your modern windows by installing your new stained glass insert on the inside of the window. This also protects your stained glass and lead from weathering and deterioration.
Achieve the look you want without replacing the entire window. When you sell your home, you need not leave your stained glass window inserts behind. You can simply remove the stained glass panels and move them to your new home. The additional layer of glass and air gap creates a double pane window. This insulates far better than a window alone.
Bonding tape ensures that no dust or dirt can get between the clear pane of glass and your new handmade piece of art. This method does assume that your windows are currently in good shape. If the glass is cracked, pitted, chipped or loose, make repairs first.

Stained Glass Window Inserts In Vulnerable Areas

If you are having stained glass installed in a bathroom, kitchen or similar place with very moist air, protect your artwork. Make sure the stained glass panel is between the existing outer glass window and another clear glass pane. Moisture is highly corrosive to the lead in the panel.
The glass sandwich is then framed into place and surrounded with matching trim and a bead of caulk. A simple coat of paint and the installation is watertight, professional and beautiful.
Similarly, stained glass panels can be very fragile compared to solid safety glass. Protect the security of your home by insisting the stained glass transoms and side lights are break-resistant triple layers.

Installation Steps

Taking chances with your new stained glass art is not recommended. If your home is new construction or a permit renovation, safety glass may be required. For example, in a door or shower, your stained glass insert must be sandwiched between layers of safety glass.

Step 1

Examine your existing glass for cracks, chips or missing putty. Repair if needed. Clean the window inside and out. Neutralize the pH.

Step 2

Use a high-quality glass bonding tape to seal the stained glass window to the clear pane of glass.

Step 3

If a triple window in called for, bond another layer of clear safety glass on the inside of the stained glass. Frame the insert with matching trim. Seal with caulk and add finish painting.

Final Thoughts

The beauty of stained glass in your home requires proper installation. Add stained glass inserts to the laundry, entry, kitchen, and bath or more light, privacy, and value.
Proper installation protects the beauty of your new stained glass window inserts for many years to come.
Questions about installation? Contact us today!

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

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 6

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The 6 Best Stained Glass Designs to Beautify Your Home

The 6 Best Stained Glass Designs to Beautify Your Home

Using stained glass designs in your home can take your indoor decor to the next level. Check out these six beautiful ideas to get started.

Adding new windows to your home brings one of the highest returns on investment at nearly 85%. Even if you live with your new windows for years, you could end up getting 85% of the value back when you go to sell your home.

If you want to make your home more beautiful and add a little value, go one step further and consider some interesting stained glass designs.
Here are 6 design styles you should consider for your home.

1. Geometric

One of the most frequent styles of stained glass you'll find anywhere will have geometric patterns. Squares inside of squares or diamonds inside of diamonds is a common style of stained glass that looks beautiful in any home.
When you're working with a stained glass artist, they will likely have different drawings and patterns from previous projects. Choosing from a geometric pattern that they've worked with before will allow you to be sure you get something great and that it's done on schedule.

2. Landscape

Simple landscapes look lovely when interpreted in stained glass. A stained glass landscape can be reflective of the landscape you're in, or in a city home, be a beacon of calm that reminds you of another environment.
The great thing about stained glass is that a simple landscape doesn't necessarily have to be rendered realistically. Landscapes in stained glass can essentialize color in a way that gets right to the point of the feeling you're trying to invoke.

3. Figurative

Stained glass with simple figures or a stained glass portrait can be a lovely way to show tribute to someone you love or evoke a certain emotion. Stained glass figures in churches have been making people feel something for centuries. You could show the same respect for a loved one or an important figure in your life through stained glass.
If you're a religious person, this could be the opportunity to pay respect to your favorite saint. A stained glass window could be made in tribute of any religion at all, from the east to the west.

4. Mosaic

A simple mosaic pattern would work well in a home that had a contemporary style. Small squares of many different colors could be arranged symmetrically into rows that bring a colorful beam of light into your home.
A mosaic is a great way to engage a large window that gets lots of natural light or to fill a piece of interior molding the separates a space.

5. Modernist

Take a page out of a Frank Lloyd Wright book and add some modernist design to your home. Using muted colors, simple curves and symmetrical pattern, you can give your home a cool vintage style.
You could copy one of the many famous Wright designs or use his work as an inspiration to make your own unique window.

6. Floral

Floral patterns are a bright and whimsical way to design a stained glass window. While they may have had their heyday in the 60s and 70s, they're making a serious comeback.

Stained Glass Designs Bring All Kinds of Value

When you add stained glass designs to home, you bring more than just more financial value. You add a sense of warmth and calm that anyone can feel when they walk through the door. Make your home warm and creative with stained glass.
Contact us today for more tips on how to beautify your home!

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Fascinating and Fundamental Part 5

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8 Tips for Choosing the Right Kind of Lamp for Your Space

8 Tips for Choosing the Right Kind of Lamp for Your Space

Choosing the right kind of lamp depends on a lot of factors like the room its in and how high you need it to be. Check out these helpful tips to make the right selection.

Lighting can be surprisingly important in the feel and atmosphere of any room.

Depending on how you want your house to feel, you need to decide on the height, color, brightness, and placement of lamps and lighting in your rooms. It can often seem easier to just go to a thrift shop and pick out a lamp that works.
It is actually very easy and affordable to hand pick a new lamp for any space. It just requires that you do some research and plan accordingly for installation. Even a light that needs to be installed can be taken care of with little to no effort.
You might not have a kind of lamp in mind if you're having difficulty deciding on lighting for your space. If you're in that position, here are 8 tips for choosing the right kind of lamp for your space.

Choosing the Right Kind of Lamp

1. Identify Lamp Position

The first thing that you want to do is determine where you are going to put a lamp. The typical locations are in corners and near end tables, next to couches, or just outside of doorways.
You may have luck trying alternative positions. Try and put a test lamp in any spot where an outlet can reach it. By doing this you open yourself up to think outside of the box.

2. Pick a Height

Not all lamps need to be at couch-level. You have a lot of different height options with your lamps. Again, do your best to think outside of the box. If a lamp would go exceptionally well above your couch, consider placing an electrical outlet in a spot where a chord would reach.
Another great way to extend the position of your lamp is to use a well-hidden extension chord.

3. Choose a Shade

A lamp shade can adjust the hue and brightness of the light entering your space. Pick something that goes with the theme of the room, and don't just settle for the shade that comes with the base of the lamp.
There are a lot of abstract lamp shades that can be a great addition to your room. If you're having trouble selecting a good shade, try out something that fits with the color scheme of your furniture.

4. Decide on a Size

Lamps vary in size and weight. You can choose a tiny bedside lamp, or invest in a large lamp that can serve as a work of art. It really depends on the placement and function of your lamp.
If you're planning on placing a light near the entrance of your home, you might want to consider a larger lamp. If you're decorating a bedroom, you might find that a smaller light will do.

5. Bulbs

Bulbs, like shades, can come in a variety of sizes and colors. Some things to consider are color, type, longevity, and wattage.

6. Talk to Your Friends

Your friends and family have likely gone through the trouble of deciding on a lamp. Invite them over, get their opinion, and even try to go shopping for shades and bases with them.

7. Select a Lamp Base

There is a wide world of lamp bases out there, so it might be useful to refer to a home decor magazine or Pinterest for ideas. In any case, you'll want something that is expressive and fits with the feel of your room.

8. Consult a Home Decorator

If you're dealing with a highly refined, eclectic living room, your lamp might be of the utmost importance. It can be very useful to consult a home decorator in these situations.

Start Searching Now

You never know when your dream lamp will get taken off the market. Search around online to identify different parts that might work for you.
If you're experiencing difficulty doing this, you can always look out for websites that give advice on home decor and lamp specifications.

May sunshine fill you day!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 4



Totally Awesome Room Decor Ideas You Should Try Now

Totally Awesome Room Decor Ideas You Should Try Now

Dull and drab can turn into lively and fab with these room decor ideas that you can incorporate into any room of your choice today!

Did you know you can improve your mood and productivity simply by adding indoor plants to your home?

The way your home looks impacts you more than you may realize. In fact, even the colors of the walls and furniture in your room affect your thoughts and behavior.
Redecorating is a fun-filled activity that allows you to express your creativity and bring your ideas to life. But now you have even more reasons to do it.
Looking to freshen up your living space by doing some redecorating of your own? Read on for 4 room decor ideas you can't afford to miss!

Navy Blue Walls

Blue is a relaxing color that elicits calmness and creativity. But navy blue, in particular, is the perfect color choice if you want to make any room look larger than it is.
To complement the navy blue walls, try incorporating mustard yellow curtains and pillows. You can also hang a mirror to make the room feel even more spacious.

Stained Glass Lamps

There's no easier way to inject color into any room than by setting a stained glass lamp on the table.
One of the best aspects of stained glass is its versatility. Designs vary substantially, from animal themes to geometrical shapes.
You can also use a stained glass lamp to create a focal point in a room that desperately needs one. They immediately attract eyes to them as soon as guests enter.
If you're attempting to add more personality to a room by creating a layered lighting effect, stained glass lamps can help you achieve that as well.

Floating Shelves

If you want to decorate your wall and save space at the same time, floating shelves have you covered.
To bring life to your room, you can fill the shelves up with small plants, photos, books, and vases.
However, floating shelves aren't just for the living room. They work well to prevent clutter in an office, and they can provide easy access to cooking utensils in the kitchen. You can even use one in place of a nightstand in your bedroom.

Indoor Hanging Baskets

Maybe you want to add houseplants to your home decor but lack the floor space to do so. Hanging houseplants are one of the best room decor ideas for this situation.
You can make a lively canopy above your dinner table with them. If you have an empty corner in a room, you can fill it with a hanging houseplant too.
There are a few houseplants that are particularly well-suited for indoor hanging baskets. These include String of Pearls, Queen's Tears, Devil's Ivy, and Satin Pothos.

Final Thoughts on Room Decor Ideas

On average, we spend 90% of our time indoors. A significant chunk of that is in our own homes, so we might as well spruce them up to our liking.
Since new decor trends are always emerging, it's a good idea to redecorate every couple years or so. This prevents the style of your home from becoming outdated.
What are some of the best room decor ideas you've come across? Do any of the ones in this article stand out to you? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below!

May sunshine fill your day!