Original and Restoration Painted Glass projects for Denver Church Windows

Scottish Stained Glass: Denver’s Premiere Painted Stained Glass Artist

Painted stained glass is an age-old tradition that we, at Scottish Stained glass, have a deep working knowledge of. The process for painting stained glass is actually quite fascinating and requires years of extensive experience to master. As such, we have spent almost 3 decades learning this delicate craft and now excel in painted stained glass techniques both old and new. Whether you are looking for painted glass restoration or an original creation continue reading to get a better understanding of the complex processes that will be involved in crafting your one-of-a-kind painted stained glass masterpiece.

The Beautiful Tradition Of Painted Stained On Churches

There is no arguing that painted stained glass is a lovely and unique way to add character and beauty to chapels in Denver. However, this seemingly simple look is actually achieved through a complicated and, some may say, scientific method. The colors you see on painted stained glass are actually achieved through the use of specific chemical interactions of different minerals and oils.

Painted Stained Glass Method 1

The artist starts with colored glass and paints special black paint made of oils and minerals onto it. This piece of glass is then fired in our kiln at 1250-1450 for a couple of hours until the paint melts into the glass. The paint then becomes part of the glass and will never rub off or be removed.

Painted Stained Glass Method 2

The second method involves clear glass. During this process, colors are painted on a clear piece of glass one at a time and fired in between layers of color to build up layers of shading or color. Any color that involves the use of yellow can be particularly difficult in this method as the chemical used for yellows color (silver staining) is very toxic and will destroy other colors. For this reason, when trying to achieve the color green for instance, the toxic yellow must be painted on the opposite side of the glass as the blue paint in order to keep the yellow from damaging the blue paint.


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Denver’s Premiere Painted Stained Glass Artists

At Scottish matching styles on restoration projects is an interesting challenge and means figuring out what type of techniques the original artist used. For instance, old artists would sometimes paint the black paint on their glass and then use a stick to rub off part of the black paint to give the piece texture, or put in individual elements like blades of glass. Our artists have to do numerous iterations sometimes to pinpoint exactly what type of painted stained glass techniques were originally used and mimic them exactly. However, we are always up to the challenge here at Scottish Stained Glass! Contact us to find out more about original or restoration painted stained glass for your Denver Church today!

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