Church Stained Glass Restoration Project: The Rising Church

Posted April 29th, 2022 by Martin Faith

We’re excited to announce the successful completion of our recent church stained glass restoration project for the Rising Church located in Arvada, Colorado. The church was built in 1913 and housed all original stained glass windows. Known for its homeless outreach, the Rising Church curates and hosts many food banks and other charitable events. One evening after the church had closed, someone thought they heard noises coming from inside the building. This led to rocks being thrown through almost every stained glass panel in an effort to help. While there was no malicious intent and no one inside, the result was severely damaged stained glass windows.

Church Stained Glass Restoration Process In Arvada

About 90% of the hand-painted stained glass windows were damaged, requiring complete restoration. These windows were carefully removed and brought back to our studio. Our specialists used a proprietary glass mending process on the hand-painted pieces and had new glass remanufactured for all other damaged glass.

One of the challenges with this project was that the framing around the stained glass windows had many imperfections. The original windows had pieces of the outer lead framing removed in order to fit. The windows were originally installed without the framing in order to avoid additional structural changes and labor. So once we had properly restored all of the stained glass, reinstallation without major renovations and adjustments as required. We resized the windows and shaved them down on-site in order to fit.

With the new lead came intact and installed, we added an additional protective glass that was custom made from polycarbonate with ventilation. We also repainted the exterior to create a more aesthetically pleasing.

Work With the Nation’s Trusted Church Stained Glass Restoration Expert

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the nation’s trusted church stained glass restoration expert serving the nation. We’re proud to have completed another successful restoration despite the challenges of this project. The windows are now stronger than ever and will have at least another century of beauty and durability. For more information regarding church stained glass restoration, please contact us!

Enchanting Kitchens & Dining Rooms with Stained Glass in Denver

Posted April 22nd, 2022 by Martin Faith

Are you the type of person that loves to entertain and throw parties? Or do you love to cook, bake, and come up with new culinary creations? If so, you probably spend a good amount of time in your kitchen and dining area. Our stained glass windows make fabulous additions to these lively areas of your home. Below, we’ve shared some of our favorite photos of kitchens and dining rooms in Denver with stained glass. Read More

Stained Glass Crest Artwork in Salt Lake City

Posted April 6th, 2022 by Martin Faith

Family crest stained glass is one of our lesser-known but wonderful stained glass creations. They are popular since they become valued family heirlooms. They’re also a type of -stained glass that’s quite adaptable to your needs. We can utilize anything from your lineage as a sigil, coat of arms, surname, or even your motto or slogan when customizing your family crest.

How Are Stained Glass Crests Created And What Do They Look Like?

Each family crest is entirely handmade in our Salt Lake City glass workshop. The most frequent form of family crests is octagonal, but the one we utilize is entirely up to you and your family members. These stained glass works of art are handcrafted and long-lasting, therefore they will certainly survive the ages and be passed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom.

Most of the stained glass family crests we do are panels that are hung on the wall.  This means you can move them with you from house to house to keep them in the family. They also come with a lifetime transferable warranty so they can be passed on to the next generation.  If properly maintained, these works of art will last over 100 years before needing repair!

Can I Give a Stained Glass Family Crest As  A Gift?

You can give a family crest stained glass panel to someone in your family. They’re both nice and thoughtful presents. These stained glass crests are generally made as panels that may be hung on a window or on the wall. As a result, you may wrap them up and offer them as gifts, just like any other product. The greatest aspect about giving the gift of family crest stained glass is that everyone in the house will appreciate it when they visit or attend family get-togethers.

Different Places Stained Glass Crests Work Well

We specialize in family heirlooms, but we’ve also done them for Salt Lake City schools, fraternal groups, and other organizations. So if you’re a member of organizations like these—a stained glass panel is something to think about purchasing.

Contact us today for a price quotation for more information on our bespoke stained glass design or to talk with one of our experts about creating a family crest for your Salt Lake City home.

Salt Lake City’s Painted Stained Glass Artist

Posted April 4th, 2022 by Martin Faith

Painted stained glass has a long history. Painting stained glass is a time-consuming and intricate procedure that requires many years of experience. We have over two decades of experience in all types of stained glass, including painted stained glass. Many skilled artists are employed by our facilities that specialize in stained glass painting projects. Continue reading to learn more about how these works of art are made

The Age-Old Tradition Of Painted Stained For Salt Lake City Churches

Churches in SLC may benefit from painted stained glass work. The process is difficult, but it’s not impossible. It’s a very scientific procedure. The hues you see on painted stained glass are the result of mineral-oily chemical reactions.

Painted Stained Glass Technique 1

In this process, the artist starts with glass that is already colored. They then paint it with special black paint made of oils and minerals. The piece is then fired in our kiln at 1250-1450 for a few hours until the paint melts into the glass. Once the two are fused together the paint becomes part of the glass and will never rub off.

Painted Stained Glass Technique 2

The second technique entails painting on translucent glass in one color at a time and then firing the color between layers to build up depth. Yellow is a difficult hue to accomplish. This is due to the harmful chemical utilized in yellows coloring, silver staining. Also, it has poor mixing properties with other hues. As a result, when our artists attempt to achieve the color green, they must paint the yellow on the opposite side of the glass so that it remains distinct from the blue. Despite being very time-consuming, this approach is still the greatest way to obtain true-to-life shading.

Salt Lake City’s Best Painted Stained Glass Artists

We are one of the country’s oldest and most seasoned stained glass studios. We know how to match any era’s painted stained glass. We can also design new stained glass art using traditional and modern processes. So, whether you’re looking for a genuine restoration on your antique stained glass or something fresh, we’re the best choice for you. To learn more about restored antique stained glass or brand-new work, contact us now.

Unique Stained Glass Applications

Posted April 4th, 2022 by Martin Faith

Church windows are probably the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word stained glass.  However, there are many different types of stained glass out there. Nobody understands this better than us since we are one of the country’s most prolific stained glass studios. In our 20 years in Dallas and most other major cities, we have crafted numerous stained glass pieces for various applications.

Read below to learn some about some unique stained glass ideas.

Unique Stained Glass Applications

Family Crest stained Glass: These are usually stained glass panels that hang on the wall. They’re often adorned with a coat of arms or crested motifs. In addition, the design usually incorporates the family name.

Stained Glass Lampshades: Tiffany Studios is famous for creating some of the most renowned stained glass lampshades. Lampshade stained glass was very popular in the 2oth century.  However, it is still popular today. Stained glass lamp shades are often seen in commercial spaces but work well in homes too.

Stained Glass Decorative Panels: These are quite fashionable at the moment. They’re free hung in windows or used as room separators over counters and nooks. The nicest aspect about them is that they’re usually very artsy and made specifically for your Dallas home’s décor.  Also, you can move them around your home as needed.

Stained Glass Wedding Panels: A stained glass backdrop is a fantastic method to take great photos for your wedding ceremony. These might be a free-standing panel or suspended behind where the bride and groom will exchange vows. Stained glass dinner signs are also popular, and they may be kept and passed down through the family as heirlooms.

Stained Glass on Cabinets: Glass cabinets look wonderful in the kitchen, but it makes clutter easy to see. Cabinet door stained glass is a fantastic option to get beautiful coverage. It’s customizable, so you can make it match your present decor and give as much or as little coverage as you desire.

For more stained glass ideas, reach out to our Dallas staff to schedule a free stained glass consultation.

Inspiring Ways to Use Stained Glass in Your Dallas Home Remodel

Posted March 3rd, 2022 by Martin Faith
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If you’re like most people, you’ve probably spent more time at home in the last couple of years because of the pandemic. When you’re at home more often, you start to notice little things that bug you. Then, before you know it, you find yourself in the middle of a whole home remodel. Read More

Why Stained Glass Should Be Part of Your Austin Bathroom Remodel

Posted March 3rd, 2022 by Martin Faith

Experts say that homeowners are able to regain about 55-65% of bathroom renovation costs when they sell their home. Truly, remodeling your bathroom is one of the best ways to increase your home’s value.

If you’re considering remodeling your bathroom in the near future, one change you should include in your plans is adding stained glass. Here’s what makes bathroom stained glass a great addition to every Austin home remodel. Read More

Beautiful Stained Glass Interior Doors for Your Houston Home

Posted March 3rd, 2022 by Martin Faith

Open layouts are all the rage these days. Having an open layout can make your home seem larger and more inviting. Natural light flows freely through the interior and your home is easier to navigate. But when it comes to privacy, an open layout can cause problems and you simply need a little separation. That’s what makes stained glass interior doors for your Houston home such a great option! Below, we’ve listed some beautiful examples for you to look at. Read More

Elegant Stained Glass Cabinet Ideas for your Denver Home

Posted March 2nd, 2022 by Martin Faith
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Your cabinets are more than just storage space. They also make a prominent impact on the design and appearance of the room. With cabinet stained glass, Denver homeowners can create instant transformations that enhance the ambiance and aesthetic appearance of any space. Read More

Is Stained Glass Restoration Worth it?

Posted February 21st, 2022 by Martin Faith

Deciding whether or not to restore your Salt Lake City church stained glass is an important decision.  You would be surprised just how attached congregants get to these inspirational symbols.   We often make an argument for having stained glass restoration done in churches based soley on hte congregants’ love of it.  However, there are more practical reasons to have it done as well. 

Stained Glass Restoration Improves Glass Luster

Over time, the effects of weather and the build-up of dirt and debris can greatly dull the original colors in your stained glass windows.  In fact, when we return restored stained glass to churches, they look like entirely new windows.   Once the restoration is done it greatly enhances the different hues and even changes how the sunlight refracts into your Salt Lake City church space. The colors will appear brighter and deeper than ever before– returning the window to its original beauty.

Stained Glass Restoration Reinforces Support Structure

Restoration of stained glass windows isn’t only about how they look.  It is also about ensuring they last a long time too.  If your stained glass is over 100 years old, the lead has likely become brittle.  Lead that is old and brittle will bend and break under the weight of the glass.  This will cause the whole window to sag and eventually, glass pieces will start to fall out.  Stained glass restoration is a way to replace old lead with newer, better lead. The new additives put in modern lead will allow your church stained glass window to last another 200 years. 

Stained Glass Restoration Improves the Function of Your Stained Glass 

We see cracks and holes in church stained glass all the time.  Stained glass windows, like any other window in your church, serve a practical purpose.  They keep out the elements and keep heated and cooled air in.  If you have a crack or a hole in your Salt Lake City church’s stained glass windows, it is not functioning properly.  This could lead to high utility bills or moisture getting into your church to damage other structures.  When we restore stained glass we take extra protective measures—such as proper ventilation and protective glazes/covering.  These will help your stained glass function better as part of the interior environment.

 

Contact us to learn more about how we restore windows and to book an appointment for a free church stained glass restoration consultation anywhere in the Salt Lake City area.

How Long Does Stained Glass Last

Posted February 21st, 2022 by Martin Faith

Stained glass is one of those timelessly durable materials that last generations.  Stained glass made in the 20th century will typically last about 80-100 years before the lead starts to fail and put the window at risk of being lost.   However, as a stained glass owner, there are some things you can do to extend the life of your window for as long as possible. 

Caring for Your Austin Home’s Stained Glass Windows

It is a good idea to think of your stained glass window as a piece of art.  As these valuable additions to homes age, they gain value you want to keep it looking as good as you can for as long as you can.  The key to the long life of your stained glass is proper maintenance.  Below are a few tips from us to you to help you care for your home’s gorgeous and valuable stained glass.

Prolong the Life of Your Austin Home’s Stained Glass With Regular Cleanings

 Regular maintenance is the key to the long life and continued brilliance of stained glass.  Grime will build up on stained glass–especially because this type of glass usually has more texture that catches dirt.  By lightly dusting your home stained glass regularly, you stop the dirt from building up. To avoid build-up, regularly go over your stained glass with a duster or gentle soapy water, and remember not to use too much pressure.  Leave the deep cleaning to the professionals.

Prolong the Life of Your Austin Home’s Stained Glass with Regular Professional Cleanings

Having your stained glass cleaned by a professional once a year is a very good thing for your stained glass.  This is especially true if you are someone who forgets to do regular cleanings. A professional has the right tools and cleaning solutions to get your windows really clean. Also, they will get a close look at your glass to see if there are any issues emerging over time. 

Prolong the Life of Your Austin Home’s Stained Glass by Having Small Damage Repaired Right Away

When the weather gets rough in Austin, it can cause minor damage to stained glass windows.  Although stained glass is durable small weather-related breakage, chips or scratches do occur.   These smaller problems are easily fixed and don’t cost very much to repair.  If you wait to have repairs done, it could start to affect the structure of the glass.  This could result in pieces of glass falling out and that usually means very expensive structural repairs.

For more information on stained glass maintenance and repair in Austin, contact us today!

The Meaning of Religious Stained Glass Icons 

Posted February 21st, 2022 by Martin Faith

If you have ever looked at church stained glass windows very carefully, you may have noticed a lot of different symbols in different parts of the work.  This is very common for religious stained glass.  Iconography was used often to tell important stories to church congregations.  Some symbols like a cross, for instance, have a very clear meaning.  But, sometimes there are icons that don’t have as clear of a meaning.  Below are some of our favorite religious stained glass icons and what they represent.

Church Stained Glass Iconography

  • A Dove: symbolizes the Holy Spirit
  • A Dove and Rainbow: the dove and the rainbow symbolize endings, forgive
  • A Chalice with Grapes: This is the most common symbol for Holy Communion.
  • A Lamb: Used as a symbol of Jesus Christ since became the sacrificial lamb and the Lamb of God is seen lying upon the Book of Seven Seals in Revelation.
  • Messianic Rose: the Messianic Rose is a frequently used Christian symbol representing the promised Messiah. The prophet Isaiah stated that the desert shall bloom as the rose at the coming of the kingdom of righteousness.
  • The Lion: This figure represents the tribe of Judah and their characteristics of strength, courage, and kindness.
  • Fish: Jesus Christ the Son of God is represented by the Greek fish. It traces back to being a secret symbol back in the days when it was dangerous to be a Christian.
  • Anchor: This is one of the oldest symbols of Jesus the Savior dating back to the catacombs.
  • Dragon: The dragon is a symbol of Satan. It also represents sin.
  • Leaf and Acorn: Not often seen, the acorn symbolizes the development of faith from small like a seed to as giant as a tree.
  • Butterfly: Is a lovely symbol that represents resurrection and eternal life

To learn more about the lovely meaning behind your church’s stained glass, contact us today!

Bathroom Stained Glass for Privacy Where You Need it Most

Posted February 5th, 2022 by Martin Faith

Privacy stained glass offers an exceptionally potent way to block unwanted views outside your Denver home and make your bathroom more private and relaxing. Typical window treatments don’t look as stunning solving privacy issues as textured or frosted stained glass.  Plus, they don’t last as long either. 

Bathroom Stained Glass for Filtered Natural Light

Stained glass is the ultimate privacy solution because it won’t interfere with natural sunlight beaming into your home. Maintain your bathroom’s natural sunlight levels while keeping out prying eyes, all in a straightforward investment. Stained glass is customizable, and the level of light you need can easily be adapted based on your design.

Bathroom Stained Glass for Added Elegance and Décor 

Stained glass comes in timeless, elegant designs that can be vintage or modern, depending on your home’s style.  At our company, we will create the perfect stained glass design to complement your existing décor–or give you space a whole new look–it’s up to you!

Bathroom Stained Glass for Increased Home Security

We offer a unique combination of stained glass and window film for added safety for stained glass. This type of stained glass enhancement includes adding security window films, frames, and powerful adhesives.  This is done to protect the stained glass and add a level of security to the bathroom in your home. 

Bathroom Stained Glass for Increased Property Value

Bathroom stained glass is a great way to boost your property value while at the same time creating an eye-catching design feature that delivers custom privacy. Stained glass not only adds value by increasing curb appeal it also adds value to an appraisal.  It is not uncommon for stained glass to appraise at 10x-20x more per square foot than what you paid to have it created and installed.

Contact us today to book a consultation for a free bathroom stained glass consultation for your Denver home.

In the Media: American Churches Are Hitting a Stained Glass Breaking Point, Explains Martin Faith

Posted January 3rd, 2022 by Martin Faith

Our founder, Martin Faith, has always been at the forefront of stained glass restoration. As the trusted source for both religious and commercial stained glass restoration and conservation efforts in the nation, we’ve helped restore countless damaged windows and features. With decades of experience in church stained glass restoration, Martin began recognizing a significant trend among these projects.

Late last year, Martin had the opportunity to explain this phenomenon he noticed to the MetroVoice News. Read more about this important interview here and learn more about the foreseen issues that many churches throughout the American Midwest are experiencing now or will in the future.

For more information regarding stained glass restoration, please contact us!

In the Media: The Rising Church Stained Glass Restoration

Posted January 3rd, 2022 by Martin Faith

We’ve humbly worked on countless restoration projects for religious properties throughout the nation. We’re honored to have had the opportunity to help with restoration efforts for the Rising Church located in Olde Town Arvada. The church experienced severe damage to its stained glass windows due to vandalism efforts.

Our restoration project has been featured in the Arvada Press and we feel very fortunate to have been able to help with all of the repairs. As this successful project comes to a close, we highly recommend that churches invest in exterior protective coverings. These custom solutions require proper ventilation but can provide protection as well as superior exterior aesthetics for any house of worship.

For more information regarding our recent restoration project or to schedule your free consultation, please contact us!

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!

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