Our Process for Houston Church Stained Glass Restoration

Posted March 3rd, 2018 by ssgadmin
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Over the twenty-five years that we’ve been in business, we’ve created and restored over 40,000 stained glass restorations, many of which were in the greater Houston area and other Texas metros. Throughout this time, we’ve perfected our processes and come to see the art of glass making in a whole new way. Not only does glass design and restoration require an artistic eye and skilled hand, but it also requires precision, planning, and experience.

Now, we have developed a signature process that we use for all Houston church stained glass restorations. In this post, we’ll reveal some our knowledge about stained glass repair and restoration as well as trouble signs to look out for when it comes to the degradation of stained glass.
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Does Your Denver Church Need Stained Glass Restoration?

Posted March 2nd, 2018 by ssgadmin
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It is normal for stained glass to require restoration at some point in its lifetime. This is especially true for antique stained glass windows, since these windows are often the ones with the most constructional errors and structural flaws. In the case of deterioration, restoration is necessary to preserve the structural integrity of a stained glass window. If you think that your Denver church may need stained glass restoration, you can conduct a visual inspection. Here’s how.

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Painted Stained Glass Experts For Churches In Fort Collins

Posted February 20th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Scottish Stained Glass:  Fort Collins Premiere Painted Stained Glass Artist

Painted stained glass is an old and difficult art form that we, at Scottish Stained glass, have spent the last three decades working in and are proud to call ourselves experts in.  While the process is delicate and time-consuming, painted stained glass is also quite fascinating and something we love crafting. Continue reading to get a better understanding of the complex processes involved in crafting a painted stained glass masterpiece.

The Beautiful Tradition Of Painted Stained On Churches

Painted stained glass is a gorgeous way to add to the beauty of your Fort Collins church chapel. However, what may appear to be a simple end piece is actually quite complex to create and involves a fair amount of science.  This is because the colors you see on painted stained glass are achieved through the use of specific chemical interactions of different minerals and oils on the glass at certain temperatures.  Our artists must accurately predict what colors will come from different mixtures of chemicals when fired in our kiln.This is done through trial and error combined with extensive knowledge of the chemical and firing process.  The painted stained glass methods are listed below.

Painted Stained Glass Method 1

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

Painted Stained Glass Method 2

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

Painted Stained Glass Restoration In Fort Collins

At Scottish matching styles on restoration projects is a wonderful challenge that we love taking on.  We get a great sense of satisfaction in recreating steps of a former stained glass artist to restore or enhance their work.  What we do is a lot like detective work because it means piecing together different types of chemicals and techniques used by the original artist.  For instance, sometimes artists would paint the black paint on their glass and then use a stick to rub off part of the black paint to give the piece texture, or put in unique elements like blades of glass.  In order to get the exact right look, our artists sometimes do numerous iterations.  Here at Scottish Stained Glass, we are always up to the challenge of restoring your stained glass back to its original beauty.

Learn more about the history of stained glass here or watch the video below.

Contact us today to find out more about original or restoration painted stained glass for your Fort Collins Church.

 

The Custom And Restoration Painted Stained Glass Experts for Colorado Springs Church Windows

Posted February 20th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Scottish Stained Glass:  Colorado Springs’s Premiere Painted Stained Glass Artist

Painted stained glass is a very old art form that takes years of experience to master and perfect. Here at Scottish Stained glass we have, in fact, spent the last three decades honing our craft and are proud to call ourselves experts in the field.  Difficult as it may be, the process of painted stained glass is actually quite fascinating and something we absolutely love to do.   Whether you are looking for painted glass restoration or a custom creation from our studio, learning how we will make or restore your church’s stained glass could be of great interest to you and your congregation.  Continue reading to get a better understanding of the complex processes that will be involved in crafting your one-of-a-kind painted stained glass masterpiece.

The Beautiful Tradition Of Painted Stained On Churches

Painted stained glass is a lovely and unique way to add to the beauty of your Colorado Springs church chapel.   However, this seemingly simple craft is actually quite complex and even scientific.  This is because the colors you see on painted stained glass are actually achieved through the use of specific chemical interactions of different minerals and oils.  Our artists must accurately predict what colors will be brought forth after firing or layer them to achieve the exact hue.  This is done through trial and error combined with extensive knowledge of the chemical and firing process.  The painted stained glass methods are listed below.

Painted Stained Glass Method 1

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

Painted Stained Glass Method 2

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

Colorado Springs’s Premiere Painted Stained Glass Artists

At Scottish matching styles on restoration projects is always a challenge but one we love taking on.  There is no greater satisfaction that successful recreating the steps of a former stained glass artist to restore or enhance their work.  Often times it is a lot like detective work because it means figuring out what type of techniques the original artist used.  For instance, sometimes artists would paint the black paint on their glass and then use a stick to rub off part of the black paint to give the piece texture, or put in unique elements like blades of glass.  In order to pinpoint exactly what was done our artists sometimes do numerous iterations.  Here at Scottish Stained Glass, we are always up to the challenge of restoring your stained glass to its former look and luster.

Learn more about the history of stained glass here or watch the video below.

Contact us today to find out more about original or restoration painted stained glass for your Colorado

Original and Restoration Painted Glass projects for Salt Lake City Church Windows

Posted February 20th, 2018 by ssgadmin

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

As many people here in Salt Lake City know, painted stained glass is an age-old tradition that is lovely and abundant on churches in the area.  At Scottish Stained glass, we can proudly say that we have a deep working knowledge of this artform and love sharing our knowledge with the community at large. The process for painting stained glass is absolutely fascinating and requires years of experience in order to master.  We know because we have spent the last 3 decades learning this delicate craft and excel in painted stained glass techniques both old and new.   So, whether you are looking for painted glass restoration or an original creation read on to get a better understanding of the complex processes that will be involved in crafting your one-of-a-kind painted stained glass masterpiece.

The Beautiful Tradition Of Painted Stained On Churches

While painted stained glass may look simple to the untrained eyes is actually quite a complex art form.  The beautiful look you see on churches throughout the Salt Lake City is actually achieved through a complicated process that sometimes looks more like science than art. This is because the colors you see on painted stained glass are actually achieved by way of different chemical interactions of minerals and oils.

Painted Stained Glass Method 1

The artist starts with colored glass and then applies special black paint onto it. The piece of glass is then fired in our kiln at 1250-1450 for a couple of hours until the paint melts into the glass.   After the firing, the glass has the lovely bold colors you are used to seeing on stained glass and the paint is now a part of the glass and will never rub off or be removed.

Painted Stained Glass Method 2

The second method involves clear glass.  During this process, colors are painted on a clear piece of glass one at a time and then fired in between layers of color.  This allows the artist to build up layers of shading or color and give the piece depth.

*Interesting fact: Any color that involves the use of yellow can be particularly difficult in this method as the chemical used for yellows color (silver staining) is very toxic and will destroy other colors.  For this reason, when trying to achieve the color green for instance, the toxic yellow must be painted on the opposite side of the glass as the blue paint in order to keep the yellow from damaging the blue paint.

Denver’s Premiere Painted Stained Glass Artists

At Scottish, matching styles on restoration projects is always a challenging but fun challenge.  Figuring out what type of techniques the original artist used is an adventure and one we love going on.  For instance,  old artists would sometimes paint glass black and then use a stick to rub off part of the paint to give the piece texture, or to put in elements like blades of glass. To figure out the final look,  our artists sometimes do numerous iterations to make sure you painted stained glass restoration matches the original precisely.

Learn more about the history of stained glass here or watch the video below.

 

We would love to hear about your painted stained glass restoration project or an idea you have for an original piece. Contact us today to get started!

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