Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 30

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4 Of The Most Popular Types Of Stained Glass In 2019

Stained glass has gained quite the popularity in recent years. We share 7 of the most popular types of stained glass to buy in 2019.

Have you ever stood beneath the beautiful stained glass windows of a cathedral? If so, you understand the kind of impact that stained glass has on a room. 
Adding stained glass to your home is a great way to add a burst of color to a drab room. It also brings in light without sacrificing privacy. And if you choose the right glass, it makes for some dazzling artwork for your home. 
There are so many options when you're looking for the perfect stained glass window. In this article, we'll discuss some of the most popular types of stained glass. 

Glass Nuggets & Mosaic Glass

Glass nuggets are also called globs or jewels. They're irregularly shaped and often come in different textures and sizes.
Glass makers make nuggets by dropping a small drop of glass onto a smooth, flat surface. This results in a rounded, smooth nugget of glass. 
They may also be made by breaking apart larger pieces of glass. The glass pieces can then be fitted together to make different pictures and patterns. These little bits of glass are perfect for a mosaic art piece.

Antique Glass

The term "antique" is the traditional term for glass made by hand rather than by machine. The term also applies to machine-made glass that looks like it was made by hand.
Traditional antique glass makers blow the glass into a cylinder using their mouth and lungs. They then score the cylinder and heat it, flattening it out into a sheet of glass. 
Antique glass is more expensive than other types of glass, but its beauty is unparalleled. These glass sheets often have small bubbles of air trapped in them, making them more unique. And they're perfect for any type of glass project.
But if you don't want to break the bank, you can get new forms of antique glass made from machines. Drawn glass is a good example.
When making drawn glass, the bubble striations are applied by a machine rather than by hand. So it looks like antique glass but comes at a fraction of the cost. 

Opalescent Glass

Opalescent describes any glass that you can't see through. If you're looking for privacy, opalescent glass is the way to go. There are varying degrees of opacity to choose from. 
Sheets of opalescent glass come in single colors or mixed colors. Mixes can have as many as four colors mixed in a single sheet. And mixed opalescent glass is always unique because of the way it's mixed. 
This glass is perfect for a room divider panel. Or for bathroom windows where you want more privacy.

Textured Glass

Many of the glasses we mentioned here have their own, unique texture. And it's a popular technique to mix different textures within the glass on a single window pane.
You can choose specific textures too, depending on your project. Glassmakers lay the glass out onto a table. Then, before it cools, they use an embossed roller to leave a texture behind.
These textured glasses work great as jewels or geometric shapes inside of larger pictures. Also, a textured piece of glass is more interesting than straight, flat glass. So it's great for spicing up borders.

Types of Stained Glass for Your Home

Adding different types of stained glass to your home is the perfect way to create a light, unique space. And you aren't limited to stained glass windows.
Use stained glass inside of a room divider panel to add color to the room. Or create a hanging for in front of the window. Then you can move it around the room as you like. 
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That's all for today!  May sunshine fill your day!

Fascinating and Fundamental Part 29

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A Guide To Everything You Need To Know About Copper Stained Glass

Copper-stained glass is a beautiful addition to any modern home. We share an in depth guide on everything you need to know about them.
Colorful glass artwork has been a part of human culture for thousands of years. People started piecing together pieces of glass to form stained glass as far back as the fourth century. 
Over the years, glass makers have used different metals to form the seams of stained glass artwork. Copper is one of the materials most often associated with this technique. 
Copper foil is a beautiful addition to a stained glass piece. And if you want to create your own stained glass, it's easier to do than using lead.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about copper stained glass.

Copper vs Lead: What's the Difference?

Copper foil and lead came are the most common ways to finish stained glass edges. Each metal gives a different look to the glass. And there are different ways of applying them. 
Both methods involve soldering. And no matter what technique you're using, make sure that the glass pieces fit together tightly. The better the fit, the stronger the piece of art is when it's finished. 
Lead comes in a thick channel called a came. The glass artist fits the came onto the edges of the glass. Then they solder the joints together, cementing them into place. 
The copper application starts by wrapping the edge of each piece of glass with a strip of thin, copper foil. The foil is wrapped around the edge of the glass and the pieces are soldered together.
Lead came is a bit sturdier than copper foil, which makes it a good choice for large glass panels or big windows. But copper foil is easier to work with, which makes it a great option for beginners.
Plus, there's a different look and feel to copper versus lead. It's all a matter of preference.

How to Make Copper Stained Glass

The first step in the process of making copper stained glass is to cut and assemble your glass pieces. Make sure that the edges fit together and that there aren't any big gaps. Big gaps mean you'll have to use more solder and it won't be as strong. 
Wash each glass piece in the solution and let them dry completely before moving forward. The copper foil has a strip protecting the adhesive on the back. Cut your foil to size, then peel back the strip.
Carefully press the foil onto the skinny edge of the glass. Make sure that the foil hangs over both sides. 
Use a small wooden tool called a fid to press the foil into the edge. Then wrap the excess foil around the sides of the glass. Use the fid to press the foil down on all edges. 
After you wrap all the pieces of glass, you're ready to solder. Assemble them again so you know which pieces go where. Then solder the joints for a nice, solid seal. 
Clean the newly soldered glass to remove excess soldering material from the joints. Then apply wax or patina to the soldered joints. This gives the piece a beautiful, finished look. 

A Beautiful Addition to Your Home

There are a ton of benefits to adding copper stained glass to your home. It's a great way to bring light and color into a room. And if you choose opaque glass, you can do so without sacrificing privacy. 
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