Damage Home Stained Glass?  Here Are The Benefits of Restoration Over Removal

Posted August 31st, 2021 by Martin Faith

A lot of Fort Worth homes in our city have antique stained glass. It is some of the most beautiful in the country. Each window has a distinct look and story to tell, but when these windows get very old they can be dangerous.  Also, if not restored they will likely reach a point where they can no longer be restored. At this point, a homeowner must decide whether to have them removed and replaced or to go ahead with a restoration instead.

Damaged  Stained Glass Windows Are Still Valuable

Most Fort Worth home stained glass windows can be restored even after they are damaged by hail, window, or just general breakage. Restoring your home’s stained glass windows will be expensive, but it’s a worthy investment. Once restored they are 4x more valuable than new ones.   In fact, it will take decades for new stained glass to gain the same value as antique.  Restoring your Fort Worth home’s stained glass has other benefits too.  For instance, when you go to sell, your restored stained glass could easily increase the price of your home and help it sell faster too. 

The Look of Your Stained Glass Will Not Change

Sometimes homeowners are hesitant to have their stained glass restored because they love their current windows so much and think it will alter them.  The truth is, when we restore stained glass we return it to its exact design.  We even have the ability to match stained glass colors from over 100 years ago.  This means, when we are done, your home stained glass will look the same–but just be a better version of the one we took to our studio to repair. 

Scottish Stained Glass For Your Home Stained Glass Restoration

If your home stained glass shows signs of wear it is a good idea to have us come and consult with you. In the case of very old ColoradoFort Worth stained glass, it is best not to wait because the damage will only grow worse and more costly to repair over time. Contact us today for a free, onsite consultation.

 

Should You Remove or Restore Damaged Stained Glass Windows?

Posted August 31st, 2021 by Martin Faith

Our city has some of the most beautiful church stained glass windows in the state.  Each of these windows has a unique look and distinct history.  Some of the stained glass windows here in Colorado Springs is even very valuable.  However, when church stained glass gets very old it begins to fail. This is a dangerous state for stained glass to be in because it could collapse or pieces could fall out and hurt someone.  At this point, church members must decide whether to have the windows restored or removed.  This is a tough decision but below are some things for congregations to consider.

Damaged  Stained Glass Windows Are Still Valuable

Restoring damaged church stained glass windows, especially very large ones, is expensive.  However,  once they are restored, they are 4x more valuable than new stained glass windows.  It is generally true that a new stained glass window will cost less upfront.  But,  it will be decades before its value is the same as a restored antique stained glass window.   If your church wants to restore your stained glass windows we have many fundraising ideas for you.  Also, there may be historical grants from Colorado Springs for projects like this.

The Look of Your Stained Glass Will Not Change

Another reason churches hesitate to replace their stained glass is that they think their windows won’t look the same. But this could not be further from the truth.  In our studio, we have some of the best stained glass repair artists in the country.  They are almost always able to match any antique church stained glass panel.   When we are done, your church’s stained glass will look exactly the same–just better.  In fact, it will look just like it did the day it was installed in your church–vivid, gorgeous and new!

Scottish Stained Glass For Your Church Stained Glass Restoration

If your church stained glass shows signs of wear it is a good idea to have us come and consult with you. In the case of very old stained glass, it is best not to wait because the damage will only grow worse and more costly to repair over time. Contact us today for a free, onsite consultation of your Colorado Springs church stained glass.

Should I Repair My Victorian Stained Glass Windows or Get New Ones?

Posted August 30th, 2021 by Martin Faith

If you own a Victorian home in this Houston that has stained glass windows, the odds are it needs repair or restoration. This is because stained glass needs repair or restoration about every 80-100 years and the Victorian period was over 100 years ago. Many homeowners come to us wondering if their Victorian home stained glass is worth repairing.  We always encourage people to have their vintage stained glass repaired rather than removed.  Read below to find out why.

Victorian  Stained Glass Is has Monetary Value

While it may not seem like much, the Victorian stained glass could be worth quite a bit of money.  This depends on a few variables like the quality of the restoration and the housing market. However, Victorian stained glass in the US is getting increasingly rare. This means the value of these antique windows will likely continue to rise and your  Houston home price along with it.  While the value of each window is unique, you can expect it to appraise for at least 4x that of a new stained glass window!  

Victorian Vintage Stained Glass Is Historical Value

Since Victorian stained glass is an antique, it has monetary value.  However, it also has historical value too. The historical value can come from who built the stained glass windows.  It can also come from the types of materials that were used to create your Victorian stained glass window.  Finally, the location of your home and/or who commissioned the original window have a big influence on the historical value.   This means  By keeping and restoring the stained glass you are doing your part to keep a part of Houston’s history alive. 

No matter what you decide to do with your Victorian home’s stained glass, you should start by getting it inspected and/or appraised to find out who made it and when and to access any damage.  Contact us today for pricing and to schedule an appointment. 

Things to Consider Before Restoring Church Stained Glass

Posted August 30th, 2021 by Martin Faith

If your Salt Lake City church is more than 80 years old and has stained glass this could mean two things.  One, your church’s stained glass windows are likely antiques.  Two, if it has never been restored it is probably time to consider restoration.  But first, you must weigh the pros and cons of repairs to make an informed decision.

Pros and Cons of Restoring Church Stained Glass

Pro: Antique Church Stained Glass Has Monetary Value

While it may not seem like much, the historic stained glass in your Salt Lake City church could be worth quite a bit of money.  There are many factors that determine this like the maker of the glass, the materials used, and the current state of the glass.  However, in almost any case, restoring your church stained glass will increase its value.

Pro: Antique Church Stained Glass Has Historical Value

Stained glass from the early days of this city has a lot of historical value for churches and the city alike. Some church stained glass is more historically valuable than others.  It depends on which glass studio made the window, what materials and techniques were used, and even what part of the city your church is in.  Regardless, preserving church stained glass windows is a way of holding on to both local and church history.  

Pro: Antique Stained Glass Has Sentimental Value

One of the biggest pros of church stained glass restoration is preserving the sentimental value of the windows.  Stained glass in churches has been a fixture throughout the years and many congregation members really value it.  By having it restored you allow members to hold on to church event memories and for new generations to create new ones.

Con: Church Stained Glass Restoration is Expensive

Stained glass restoration get expensive.  When it comes to antique glass, depending on the size and scope or the repairs, the costs can start to add up.  This is particularly true when the entire frame structure needs to be taken down and reconstructed.  This cost may be prohibitive to some churches.  But there are many ways of raising the funds through the Salt Lake City community, including historical grants.

Con: Church Stained Glass Restoration can be Time-consuming

A church stained glass restoration project often included several windows and many square feet of repairs. This means the restoration process is lengthy.  Often, our studio needs to match colors or techniques from over 100 years ago which takes time.  This means is your church is considering restoration, be sure to account for your windows being removed and in our studio for repairs for as long as a year. 

For more information on stained glass restoration for your Salt Lake City church’s stained glass windows, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today for a free, onsite consultation.

Futuristic Fundraising Ideas for Church Stained Glass Restorations

Posted August 19th, 2021 by Martin Faith

Stained glass is something almost every church and a member thereof take pride in. It represents the history of the congregation. This is why preserving these historical glass treasures is something we strongly advocate. In fact, we have yet to see a church congregation that isn’t thrilled once the restoration of their stained glass is complete. However, funding for these projects is the first hurdle. Luckily there are many ways for churches to do this.

Why Churches Should Use Modern Technology to Fundraise for Stained Glass Restoration

Like other non-profit institutions, churches rarely have a lot of extra cash on hand. This is why almost every church we have worked with needs to do some kind of fundraising for their stained glass restoration projects. In our time restoring and repairing stained glass windows, we have seen many church congregations come together to raise the funds needed to have their iconic windows restored. Happily, technology makes it easier than ever to raise these funds digitally. Read below for a few modern fundraising ideas.

Online Fundraising Ideas for Church Stained Glass

Fundraising is certainly not a new concept for non-profit organizations. But we wanted to outline some of the most successful things we have seen in the past.

GoFundMe:  One of the newest ways to raise money for causes is called GoFundMe. This website allows people and organizations to crowdfund for causes and projects they care about. The setup for this is fairly simple, and sharing the project across social media is even easier. The best way to get started is to appoint a tech-savvy person in your church to spearhead the effort and handle the social media posting. 

Email Blasts:  A lot of churches have email blasts in this day and age. These are a powerful way to get information out to a lot of people fast and often. Email blasts make an excellent companion fundraising method to GoFundMe campaigns because you can send the fundraising link out and into people’s email boxes with the click of a button. 

Venmo Offering:  Now that exchanging money is simplified with cash apps like Venmo, special offerings at church is easier than ever. Not only is it easy to get the restoration funds–tracking them is also a snap. Simply have a point person set up the church’s bank account in the Venmo app, then ask your congregation to donate on their phone through that email. The app requires a note with every transaction so your congregants can simply put in “restoration fund” to let your church knows where to allocate the money.

Contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today for more information on these amazing fundraising methods for your church!

Enchanting Stained Glass Windows for your Fort Worth Home

Posted August 12th, 2021 by Martin Faith
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Looking at stained glass is like taking a step back in time to a period when true craftsmanship and artistry prevailed. Adding stained glass windows to your Fort Worth home can give it a look of grandeur and old world elegance. From bathrooms and bedrooms to kitchens, dining rooms, and beyond, almost any room looks beautiful with stained glass.

Today, homeowners have tons of different styles of stained glass they can choose from. You can even have your very own design custom-made! To give you some inspiration, we’ve shared some of our favorite works below.

 

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How Stained Glass Entryways Will Dramatically Improve Your Home

Posted August 12th, 2021 by Martin Faith

The entryway to your home is where you welcome visitors inside.  It is a demonstration of your personal style and a critical design element to your home. This is why stained glass doors, sidelights, and entry windows are excellent places to have stained glass installed. It is an artful upgrade that is not only lovely but comes with many additional benefits too.

Top 3  Benefits From Stained Glass in Your Entryway

Sure stained glass window on the front of your Dallas home is gorgeous!  But it actually serves a variety of purposes too and can even put more money in your pocket. 

Add Privacy To Your Dallas Home With Stained Glass In Your Entryway

Stained glass is gorgeous but also functional. It serves as a barrier between your family and the eyes of the outside world. Whether you want total privacy from those walking or just a little bit of separation from your neighbors, stained glass is a fantastic solution.  It will completely change the way the front of your home functions because it gives you all the privacy you need but still lets in plenty of natural light.  

Add More Natural Light to Your Home with Stained Glass in Your Entryway

A house full of natural light undoubtedly increases your quality of life. It makes interiors look bigger and adds ambiance too.  This is why stained glass on the entryway of your home is such a good idea.  It lets in a ton of natural light while adding a custom design element to improve the look of your home.   You. IT is as functional as it is beautiful whether you choose a sophisticated mix frosted stained glass window or something whimsical.  Entryway stained glass is a fantastic way to add personal and aesthetic value to your home. 

An Entryway with Stained Glass Windows Adds Value to Your Home

Stained glass windows are a good investment for homeowners because they add value to your home.  Stained glass can appraise for as much more than you paid for them. This means when it is time to sell your entryway stained glass will pay off big time.  Also, when you add stained glass to the entryway windows and doors of your home, you add curb appeal. This is something critical to selling your home. Whether you are selling your home in the near future or a decade from now, entryway stained glass windows have a high ROI that is well worth the investment

For more information on entryway stained glass or stained glass for any other window in your home, reach out to us for pricing and to schedule a consultation.

3 Modern Stained Glass Ideas for Any Home

Posted August 12th, 2021 by Martin Faith

Stained glass is making a comeback!  That’s right, more than ever before, people are opting to put stained glass windows into their San Antonio homes.  Stained glass makes a great design element. It can be bright and bold or more subtle and elegant.  It is totally customizable too.  This means no matter what style of home you own, Tudor, Victorian, or Mid-Mod, there is a stained glass window for you.  

Trending Stained Glass Styles

With so many stained glass window designs to choose from, picking the right one for your home can be challenging.  This is why we are highlighting designs that work with nearly any home in this city.  Read on to see some of the most common stained glass styles we produce for San Antonio customers looking for something modern.

Monochromatic Stained Glass For a Modern Flair

Using different hues of the same color is always striking and something we just love to do.  It is a subtle way to make a bold design statement with your home stained glass.  You can use monochromatic stained glass windows to match or contrast the decor in a room.  Either way, people will remember this unique and lovely color palette.

Crystal Clear And Textured Stained Glass

There is no more iconic stained glass window style than a mix of clear, textured, and beveled stained glass pieces. This type of combination is not only lovely.  It is also a way to get maximum privacy without any loss of natural light.  Best of all, clear, textured, and beveled stained glass will match any room in your home.  This means you can seamlessly add stained glass like this in any color room: blue, red, pink, beige, grey, and any other. 

 Geometric Stained Glass That Never Ages

Stained glass with geometric patterns is really in style right now.  We are frequently asked to make this style of stained glass window.  The interesting thing about this type of window is that they are nothing new.  They have been around for a long time.  From Victorian homes  Mid-Century Modern homes, geometric designs are very common.  For this reason, they are an excellent option for any home in this city.  This also means they will be in style for many years to come. 

 Interested in finding a modern stained glass window in your San Antonio home?  Reach out to us today for a free design consultation!

Comparing Stained Glass Styles for your Fort Collins Home

Posted August 12th, 2021 by Martin Faith
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Stained glass windows are a lovely ornament feature as well as a practical choice that can add functionality to your home. For areas that need privacy like bedrooms, entryways, and bathrooms, stained glass is an excellent option because it reduces visibility without blocking light. In kitchens and dining areas, it makes a great showpiece and can also be added to cabinet doors to hide clutter.

When comparing stained glass styles for your Fort Collins home, it’s important to choose a design that complements your architecture and existing décor. Below, we’ve listed some of our favorite options. Read More

Add Elegance to Your Dining Room with Stained Glass in Colorado Springs

Posted August 11th, 2021 by Martin Faith
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Your dining room is a special place. It’s where you share holiday meals with your family and spending your time hosting parties and special events. So of course you want a dining room that impresses, but what if you don’t know where to start?

Consider adding stained glass to the dining room of your Colorado Springs home! Stained glass will not only make your dining room look beautiful and elegant, but also create privacy.

Below, we’ve listed our favorite dining room stained glass ideas. Read More

Beautiful, Functional Ways to Use Stained Glass in Your Salt Lake City Home

Posted August 11th, 2021 by Martin Faith

Stained glass is one of the world’s oldest and most enchanting art forms. For centuries, man has used these dazzling works of art to fill spaces with light and color and share stories of the past.

Not only do these colorful, elaborate works look beautiful in churches, but they can also make a charming addition to your home. Below, we’ve listed some beautiful, functional ways to use stained glass in your Salt Lake City home.

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Beautiful Ways to Add Stained Glass to your Kansas City Retail Store

Posted August 11th, 2021 by Martin Faith
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As a retail store owner, you sell more than merchandise and consumer goods; you sell a brand. That’s why it’s so important that your store reflects the high caliber nature of your brand and makes a good impression.

A great way to accomplish this is by creating an elegant, upscale atmosphere with stained glass. Below, we’ve listed a few of the different ways that you can incorporate stained glass into your Kansas City retail store. Read More

Stunning Examples of Transom Stained Glass for your Dallas Home

Posted August 11th, 2021 by Martin Faith
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Do you live in a home with transom windows? Transoms are the small windows on the uppermost portion of your wall. Their purpose is to let extra light into your home.

Unfortunately, in terms of aesthetics, they don’t bring much to the table. Most transoms are made with flat glass and are rather plain-looking. Some even detract from the beauty of the room by showcasing brick walls or a neighbor’s home.

That’s what makes stained glass a great option for transoms. Below, we’ve listed some beautiful examples of transom stained glass for Dallas homes. Read More

Commercial Stained Glass for Houston Businesses 

Posted August 10th, 2021 by Martin Faith

Modern stained glass is very different from what it was a century ago. This is true of church stained glass, home stained glass, and commercial as well. Commercial stained glass has come a long way, and there are now some really cool ways to incorporate it into businesses of all kinds! From restaurants to retail stores, stained glass is making a comeback and has many benefits for commercial spaces that have it installed in their location. Read below to understand some of these benefits first hand. 

Stained glass benefits for commercial properties in Houston

Commercial Stained Glass for Privacy:  When you own a storefront in a busy area, you get a lot of people passing by. This means privacy for your store is a commodity. Of course, you want people to see in, but a little bit of privacy for employees and customers is preferred. Having a stained glass feature or window installed is a great way to give your store just the right amount of privacy and let in natural light. Stained glass will also add visual interest to your store. 

Commercial Stained Glass to Stand out:  Finding unique ways to brand your commercial location can be difficult for any company. But standing out in business verticals like retail and hospitality is essential to success. A bright and bold stained glass feature is just the way to get noticed! Stained glass windows or signs are unique and add value to your store’s brand.  

Commercial Stained Glass for Foot Traffic:  If your Houston business is in an area with many different companies like retail stores, galleries, and restaurants, getting walk-in traffic can be tricky. Stained glass is a way to get the attention of those passing by. The unique aesthetics are very noticeable and are sure to pull in customers.

For more information on commercial Stained Glass for your Houston business, contact us Scottish Stained Glass Houston today!

Professional Stained Glass Repair in Denver

Posted August 10th, 2021 by Martin Faith

Denver is full of old, stately homes. From towering Victorians to quaint bungalows, the architecture of nearly every kind can be found here. Many of these homes have aging stained glass windows. These types of windows need to be kept up over the years, or they could fall into total disrepair. As the area’s expert in stained glass repair for homes, we can help you keep your aging stained glass in great shape and preserve it for years to come. Find out the types of repairs we do below.

Repairing Fracturing and Breakage of Stained Glass

Stained glass windows are actually reasonably durable. However, the glass will break or crack when struck. This type of damage is usually from an object, like hail, hitting the window. However, branches and even normal wear and tear can cause cracks to form. We do something called “drop-in repairs” for stained glass in homes. This means we come to your house and repair small cracks and fractures on-site.

Stained Glass Repairs of Cracking Lead

A major cause of damage on very old stained glass windows is the deterioration of the leading. Leading is the metallic seams of the stained glass that pieces of glass together. As lead ages, it gets brittle and will sag from the weight of the glass. This means the lead needs to be replaced. For this type of repair, we will remove the stained glass window completely, take it to our studio and return it to look gorgeous and brand new.

Stained Glass Structural Repairs

Sometimes the framing of stained glass windows begins to give way. When this happens, it may look like the glass is sagging. You may also notice many small cracks in the stained glass from the stress of the collapsing framing. When this happens, you likely need a full restoration. Not only will we remove your stained glass and restore it in our studio, but we will also rebuild the framing structure to support your beautifully restored antique stained glass. 

Denver’s Stained Glass Experts

These are only some of the examples of stained glass issues that our Denver customers face with their aging stained glass. Each case is unique. Regardless of what type of repairs or restorations you need to your home stained glass–we can help! We are one of the nation’s oldest and most prolific stained glass studios and would love to restore your gorgeous stained glass centerpiece back to its former glory. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate of repairs!

Beautiful Places for Stained Glass Windows in your San Antonio Home

Posted August 10th, 2021 by Martin Faith
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There’s an art to creating a beautiful home. Intentionality is key. No detail should be overlooked, no matter how small.

Then there’s the matter of home décor. The right décor can make a tremendous difference, transforming the most dreary of spaces into a beautiful, inviting environment.

That’s where stained glass windows for your San Antonio home can help. Below, we’ve discussed some of the various ways that stained glass can be used to decorate your home. Read More

Create Beautiful Cabinets for Your Austin Home with Stained Glass

Posted August 10th, 2021 by Martin Faith

Cabinets are one of the most defining characteristics in a kitchen. They provide an opportunity to show off excellent craftmanship and add unique details that give your kitchen an upscale, custom look. One great way to enhance your cabinets is by adding stained glass.

Below, we’ve shared some of our favorite cabinet stained glass ideas for Austin homes.

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Gorgeous Ways to Decorate Your Bathroom with Stained Glass in Houston

Posted August 5th, 2021 by Martin Faith
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Have you ever gazed longingly at photos of beautiful bathrooms in home magazines or on social media, wishing you could achieve that same level of elegance and grandeur? Well, guess what, you can! With stained glass, you can finally achieve the beautiful bathroom of your dreams.

Below, we’ve shared some of our favorite bathroom stained glass ideas for Houston homes. Read More

Beautiful Ways to Add Stained Glass to your Denver Commercial Property

Posted August 4th, 2021 by Martin Faith

Stained glass windows are mesmerizing to look at. This makes them perfect for businesses! Customers who see the stained glass while passing by on the street or in photographs online or on social media are immediately intrigued. They can’t wait to get inside the building so they can get a closer look!

Below, we’ve discussed a few different ways you can add stained glass to your Denver commercial property to attract new customers! Read More

Stained Glass Restoration for the Vernon A.M.E. Church in Tulsa

Posted June 4th, 2021 by Martin Faith
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Tulsa is a city full of beauty, character, and history. Today, it is home to two very-well known universities, as well as numerous museums, parks, and an attractive array of art deco buildings. But modern Tulsa is far different from the city it once was. Read More

Job Listing: Stained Glass Artisan – Centennial, CO

Posted May 6th, 2021 by Martin Faith

Scottish Stained Glass is looking for experienced stained glass artisans to join our Colorado team!

Requirements:

  • Experienced stained glass artisans wanted to fabricate stained glass panels for Scottish Stained Glass, Centennial CO.
  • Skills should include glass cutting, soldering, lead work
  • Restoration work a plus but not essential
  • Must be capable of lifting up to 30lbs and standing for long periods
  • 3 years minimum experience required

Pay: Competitive compensation. Compensation is based on experience.

To Apply: Please email resumes to mike@scottishgroupcompanies.com.

 

Job Listing: Project Coordinator – Centennial, CO

Posted May 6th, 2021 by Martin Faith

We are looking for a dependable team member to be part of business growth and development at Scottish Window Tinting and Scottish Stained Glass. The successful candidate will work with our residential and commercial customers who are buying window film solutions that offer energy efficiency, protection against fading, security enhancement, graffiti protection, privacy, decoration, and protection from bullets and bomb blasts. There will also be some work performed for our Stained Glass clients who buy custom stained and beveled glass panels for their homes, businesses, and places of worship.

We will provide full training and a competitive compensation package and you will work as part of a supportive and friendly team. Duties will include scheduling installations, purchasing materials, inventory control, and shipping and receiving. Some work will take place on the job sites.

The following traits will help you become successful in this position:

  • a positive attitude and friendly manner
  • ability to relate to customers and their needs
  • ability to think technically to understand different products and installation techniques
  • effective time management and prioritization skills
  • alignment with our core values of “help each other to succeed, exceptional customer experiences, deliver excellent products, always do the right thing, embrace growth and change; and work hard, have fun and give back.” These core values are the basis from which we develop our culture, our brand, and our business strategies.

Requirements

  • Ability to work as part of a team at “Scottish”
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Drive functions
  • Attention to detail and the ability to take accurate measurements
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service experiences
  • Ability to lift up to 50#
  • Professional appearance
  • Must be able to pass pre-employment background and drug testing
  • Clean driver’s license

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $45,000.00 per year

To Apply: Please email your resume to mike@scottishgroupcompanies.com or apply here.

Which Stained Glass Styles Are Best for My Home?

Posted April 22nd, 2021 by Martin Faith
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If you’ve ever visited a church with stained glass, you know exactly how captivating these eye-catching and enchanting works of art can be. As the sunlight pours through the glass, the colors, textures, and layers of paint are beautifully illuminated, giving the artwork a realistic, lifelike appearance.  Read More

Sam Houston State University Project: Stained Glass Replication and Commemoration

Posted April 8th, 2021 by Martin Faith

Scottish Stained Glass had the honor of working with Sam Houston State University in its effort to preserve the university’s unique history. The project took almost a year to accomplish and honors a memorial that was first featured on campus over 100 years ago which actually inspired the school’s official motto. The motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service” is deeply rooted in its culture and was originally featured in the university’s main building’s stained glass window. Unfortunately, the main building burnt down in 1982, and all of the leaded glass and original stained glass features were lost in the tragic incident. Our team was tasked to completely replicate the original window as a part of the newly renovated and expanded Lowman Student Center in order to commemorate the important piece of art and its vast impact on the school’s history.

The original main building at SHSU

The unfortunate 1982 fire

The Process and Challenges of Replicating Stained Glass Art

This commemoration window was one of the most challenging projects our team of stained glass artisans has ever taken due to the nature of the project. Replicating someone else’s work proves very difficult as our first priority was to pay proper respect to the original artist while providing a beautiful commemorative piece that held so much inspiration and symbolism for the school’s community. Since the original window was completely lost in the 1982 fire, SHSU only had one existing photo of the stained glass feature printed in a 1964 yearbook.

The original Alcade Service window picture from the 1964 yearbook

 

Choosing glass based on the only reference photo in the 1964 yearbook

With the yearbook photo as the only reference available, our team scanned the photo in order to print out a full-sized version of the window. Our team traced along the lines for better accuracy and scanned that version back into the computer in order to refine everything and perfect the proportions. SHSU requested a slightly modified design where we completely replicated the original design but added complementary framework that looked original and cohesive. The commemoration window is almost double in the square foot as the original with the added frame design.

CAD mockup of the proposed commemorative window design

The next challenge was finding glass that matched the original glass perfectly. Since the original was built over 100 years ago, we were unable to find existing glass that was a 100% match. We found the closest glass pieces possible and had our painted glass artist and conservation expert Maria paint over the chosen glass to darken it down and create the perfect replicas. The figures and robing were then all handpainted in multiple layers to create realistic depth and shading and were fired in the kiln between layers. The final window has between 3,000 and 4,000 individuals glass pieces in the design.

Production of the commemoration window

Our First Full Stained Glass Window Replication

We’ve had significant experience with restoring stained glass windows and replicating only damaged areas. As conservation specialists, it’s always our goal to maintain as much of the original work as possible. That’s why replication work was kept at a minimum. However, this was the first time we’ve taken on creating a replication of an entire window. Our team found it especially challenging since it’s much harder to copy someone else’s work than creating your own. The comparison to the original sets a higher goal as our team wanted to achieve the perfect match.

Our team working to ensure a 100% match to the original window.

Successful Stained Glass Replication Project

The project outcome exceeded our expectations and the SHSU community was completely stunned by the finished product. The window was installed with a commemorative plaque in the new student center on campus. We are so humbled to have been a part of such an important project and helping this university forever celebrate its incredible history.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the dedication of the new commemorative stained glass window

Dedication plaque installed for commemoration

The commemorative window completed and installed

For more information regarding stained glass replication work, please contact us!

The Benefits of Commercial Stained Glass for San Antonio Businesses

Posted September 28th, 2020 by Martin Faith

Today’s stained glass is very different than that of 100 years ago.   This is true of all types of stained glass: church stained glass, home stained glass, and commercial.  Commercial stained glass in particular,  has seen a massive increase in popularity due to the incredible, new styles of commercial stained glass coming out of stained glass studios like ours here at Scottish.  There are also many other benefits that fill the unique needs of many commercial locations–especially in the bustling, commerce-heavy city of San Antonio.

Stained glass benefits for commercial properties in San Antonio

Commercial Stained Glass for Privacy:  When you own a retail store, privacy for your store is a commodity if there is a lot of foot traffic by your location.  Of course, you want people to be able to see in and you want natural light.  However, completely bare windows often make the store feel like a fishbowl. So, a great way to give your store a bit of privacy and preserve natural light is adding a stained glass feature or window. The stained glass feature can be full or partial but whatever stained glass you choose it is sure to be a lovely addition for privacy.

Commercial Stained Glass for Branding:  Finding one of a kind ways to brand your commercial location is hard for any company here in San Antonio.  But, adding a stained glass feature to your location (that is in line with your branding strategy) makes it easy! It is a fantastic way to showcase your business’ brand and add to your overall marketing impact.

Commercial Stained Glass for Foot Traffic:  In San Antonio, there are a ton of stores, restaurants, galleries, and more.  These types of businesses all need to pull in people passing by to succeed.  With so much visual noise and competitors surrounding you–getting walk-ins can be hard.  One way to stand out with the unique aesthetic of commercial stained glass.  It is a lovely, creative look that begs for attention and gets people passing by to stop in to find out what your San Antonio business is all about.

For more information on commercial Stained Glass for your San Antonio business, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!

Restoration Process For Fort Collins Churches

Posted September 24th, 2020 by Martin Faith

So you’re ready to begin restoration on the stained glass of your Fort Collins church but you are unsure what to expect.  Read below to find out just what will happen from the time we walk through your chapel doors to the moment we leave!

Church Stained Glass Restoration Begins with An Assessment

Our restoration process always begins with an on-site assessment of the condition of your stained glass. This a key step to help us understand the exact scope of the project and to ensure we give you precise stained glass restoration pricing.  We consider things like glass deterioration, structural deterioration, dust and debris, and leading composition.  Then we come up with a custom-tailored plan just for your Fort Collins church

We Remove the Stained Glass to Restore It

When we begin the stained glass restoration we almost always carefully remove the glass and transport it to our studio for cleaning and repairs.  It really depends on the age of your windows and the degree of damage to the stained glass and surrounding frame.  But since old stained glass almost always has failing lead caming–this step is needed to do the job right.

We Restore the Stained Glass  

Once the window is carefully dismantled and transported to our studio we begin the stained glass repair.  This involves making a pencil lead rubbing of the window so we know which piece goes where after restoration.  We then remove the old leading because it is brittle and ready to fail.  Once the leading is gone we take the glass panels out and soak them for deep cleaning of years of debris and dust.  We then reconstruct any framing elements, replace broken or chipped glass panels, and put the new glass back in place.  We use modern leading techniques and materials on the newly reassembled window.  The good news is–modern leading could easily last another 200 years before needing to be replaced.

We Return The Lovely Refurbished Window to Your Church 

Finally, the “new” stained glass window is carefully loaded up and delivered back to its original home–your church.  Our restoration crew carefully replaces the entire window or missing parts.  The crews are sure to use care in and around your church space and leave your chapel better than they found it.  This step is our favorite because we get to see the outcome of all our hard labor in your lovingly restored church stained glass window.

For more information on church stained glass repair or restoration–contact us today!

3 Reasons to Restore Your Denver Home’s Stained Glass

Posted September 17th, 2020 by Martin Faith

Stained glass is fairly durable but like any architectural feature– it needs to be repaired or restored at some point.  This is true of home stained glass too. The restoration process in houses is incredibly easy and affordable as well.  Stained glass will last about 80 years before needing full-restoration but stained glass in homes could need it sooner due to more everyday wear and tear.   Getting your home stained glass repaired comes with many practical benefits too. Find out just a few of them below.

What Restoration Means For Your Denver home

Restoring Stained Glass Adds Value to Your Home:  As your home’s stained glass gets older it will definitely cracks, nicks and blemishes. Depending on where it is located it could also have damage from the outside threats like flying debris   These types of defects reduce the value of the glass and therefore your home–so restoring it is a good way to add value to your home. 

Restoring Stained Glass Improves Aesthetics:  As stained glass ages, it looks faded and dull.  In a home where food is cooked regularly and the glass is accessible to dirty hands–stained glass gets grimy. . Sometimes pieces get cracked or even fall out altogether. None of these conditions helps the clean look of your home.  The solution?  Have your home’s stained glass professionally cleaned and restored and keep your home looking good.  

Restoring Stained Glass Preserves History: When stained glass reaches an age where it needs to be restored is usually an antique.   This means it is an art piece from a bygone era.  In homes here in Denver, stained glass windows are on all sorts of vintage homes from Denver squares to the towering Capital hill mansions.  These homes were built in a rich part of Colorado history and almost always worthy of preservation.  They have stayed intact through all the history of our great city and by preserving them you keep a little bit of Denver’s soul intact.

For more information on home stained glass window restoration, contact us at Stained Glass Denver today!

3 Reasons to Restore Your Austin Church’s Stained Glass

Posted September 17th, 2020 by Martin Faith

Stained glass is known for being incredibly durable.  However, like any art form or architectural feature–eventually, it needs to be repaired or restored.  These processes are actually easier than one may think and affordable as well.  Typically vintage stained glass will last at least 80 years before needing to be restored–but could need it sooner depending on the condition from wear and tear.  Also, there are many practical reasons to get your Austin church’s stained glass restored.

What Restoration Means For Your Austin Church

Restoring Stained Glass Adds Value:  As your church’s stained glass ages it starts to get cracks, nicks, and accrue blemishes. Also, the lead starts to become brittle and fall out.  This type of damage significantly reduces any value from antiquity the glass may have gained.  The best way to keep the glass from total failure, while at the same time preserving its value, is to have it restored.

Restoring Stained Glass Improves Aesthetics:  As stained glass ages, it may appear to be fading but actually the issue is the building up of environmental debris.  Also, oftentimes pieces start to gap out from the leading, fall out or the window starts to sag all together.  None of these conditions are particularly attractive.  The solution, of course, is to have your church’s stained glass restored to its former state of beauty. 

Restoring Stained Glass Preserves History: When stained glass reaches the age at which it needs to be restored, it is usually very old.  In fact, it may even be considered an antique.   This means it is a representation of a time in our country that is bygone and worthy of preservation.  Stained glass windows in Austin churches over 80 years old have seen a lot of history in their day and even more events: marriages, funerals, baptisms, and more.  By restoring your church’s stained glass window, you preserve a little piece of your church’s past that would otherwise be gone forever.

For more information on church stained glass window restoration, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!

3 Reasons to Install Privacy Stained Glass in Modern Colorado Springs Homes

Posted September 17th, 2020 by Martin Faith

Whether you are remodeling an older Colorado Springs home to make it a modern marvel or building a brand new home–privacy stained glass is a great idea.  The fact of the matter is, in today’s day and age, we are all living closer together.  And, with the pandemic still raging–spending a lot more time at home. Certain areas like bathrooms, front doors, and kitchen windows that face neighbor’s homes are all perfect places for any style stained glass but modern stained glass is especially great.

Why Modern Stained Glass Makes Great Privacy Glass

Modern Stained Glass Adds Style

In a time when renovations are all the rage–taking something vintage and adding a modern element is a great idea!  Also great–putting modern stained glass in modern homes.  Either way you cut it, modern stained glass fits into homes new and old because it is so ubiquitous.  It easily adds a wonderfully stylish element to any home and, of course, privacy.

Modern Stained Glass Adds Privacy

Stained glass is the perfect vessel for adding privacy to home and modern stained glass works especially well.  Since modern stained glass comes in so many different patterns and colors–using it to give a little privacy or a lot. Either is an easy customization.

Modern Stained Glass Adds Home Value

Modern stained glass is undeniably beautiful. It also is great to add privacy.  These two features add up to one thing– more value for your Colorado Springs home.  It appraises for much more per square foot than you will ultimately spend having it installed, plus, adds incredibly curb appeal.  It is also known that houses with stained glass sell faster than comparable houses without it.

For more information on privacy stained glass for modern homes, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!

Fundraising Tips for Your Denver Church Stained Glass Restoration Project

Posted September 9th, 2020 by Martin Faith

The stained glass in Denver churches can hold a really special place in any congregation member’s heart. It can often become a family tradition or even a source of inspiration for those worshiping in your church. In order to keep your stained glass properly preserved so that more and more generations can appreciate them, you’ll need to keep up with the maintenance and care. Church stained glass restoration is required periodically– here are some fundraising tips for your upcoming project.

How to Fundraise for Your Church Stained Glass Restoration Denver Project

Once you’ve spoken to a stained glass restoration expert and completed an in-person evaluation of your glass, you should have a quote or estimate for the project. This gives you your fundraising goal. The next step is putting together a fundraising committee. Churches often have volunteers that would love to help with the fundraising process. Get volunteers to work together to start your fundraising efforts. While traditional fundraising ideas may not be viable at this time, there are many virtual options for reaching out to your congregation and community. From GoFundMe pages to social media, having a committee that’s in charge of these tasks can help better organize your fundraising efforts and reach your goals sooner. It’s always a good idea to reach out to local businesses and other members of the community. Also, look into historical art and religious grants that may offer financial resources for your restoration project.

Work with Denver’s Trusted Church Stained Glass Restoration Experts

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the trusted church stained glass restoration experts serving the Denver area. Work with our conservation specialists to keep your beloved stained glass in the best condition possible. We’re always happy to help brainstorm fundraising ideas. For more information regarding fundraising, please contact us!

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