The World’s Most Beautiful Stained Glass Part 1

Posted November 7th, 2016 by ssgadmin

Stained Glass is an age old craft the likes of which have spanned centuries, a variety of religions, and numerous continents such as Europe, Africa, North and South America and even some parts of Asia. This tradition started in earnest over 1000 years ago and some of the ancient stained glass still intact today. The physical creation of stained glass is achieved one of two ways: by adding metallic salts to the silica during manufacturing or painting the color on the glass and then fusing it to the glass in a kiln. The colored glass pieces are then arranged to form patterns or pictures, held together by strips of lead in a rigid frame. The foundation for these techniques came about in Medieval Europe and as such, many breathtaking pieces still reside there. Most commonly these pieces are seen in religious or church settings like the glass in La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain The artist, Gaudí, made intelligent use of light and shadows, giving one viewing the work a feeling of ascension and joy.

                                     

Pictured below, The Siena Cathedral in Siena, Italy in unquestionably some of the most beautiful and well preserved stained glass from the Gothic era. Brightly colored religious iconography, surrounded by intricate pattern work borders grace the stained glass windows as one of many stunning elements within the cathedral. This intricacy is awe inspiring consider the ancient era in which these windows were built.

The stained Glass in Coventry Cathedral looks like a gateway to heaven itself when gazed upon. Light and color pour through the graphic rectangular window giving the church an almost unearthly glow.

                                                   

Scottish Stained Glass appreciates the beauty and history of these ancient stained glass windows. Since we work in stained glass restoration, stained glass construction, and stained glass repair, we understand the value of these precious relics. We have restored, repaired and built stained glass in Texas for decades and our passion for all things stained glass shows. If you are looking for stained glass repair, restoration or construction and live in the Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Houston or San Antonio areas, contact us today for a free consultation. When it comes to stained glass we are Texas’s premier restoration, repair and manufacturing company and you will see the difference experience makes when you work with us.

The Family Crest Stained Glass for the Chateau V Castle in Evergreen, Colorado

Posted October 31st, 2016 by ssgadmin
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If you’ve ever driven through Evergreen, Colorado then you may been familiar with Chateau V, the massive castle sitting on top of a mountain hill near the community. But did you also know that it’s recently gone on the market? For 17.5 million you could live exactly like a king in this 20,000 square foot five bedroom home.
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Great Churches of the World: St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Posted October 30th, 2016 by ssgadmin
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Because stained glass is one of the oldest forms of art, its exact origin is somewhat uncertain. Many people believe that the Ancient Egyptians were responsible for making the first colored glass beads, but it was the Romans that popularized the art back in the first century AD. Though the history of stained glass is somewhat mysterious, there’s no denying that its prominence can most widely be accounted for is its presence in religious sites throughout the world. Many of these windows are so intricate in their design and detail that their near flawlessness is considered by many in the art world to be a miracle.
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10 Absolutely Breathtaking Stained Glass Entryways

Posted October 7th, 2016 by ssgadmin
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You know how the old saying goes: You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression. But have you ever thought about what that means for your home? When your guests visit your home, it’s natural for them to make judgments about who you are based off of what they see. Your home is a representation of your style and your personality. So the question is, does your house make the statement that you want it to?
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8 Absolutely Stunning Bathroom Stained Glass Windows

Posted October 7th, 2016 by ssgadmin
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Are you in the process of planning your bathroom renovations? With so many different colors, themes, and styles to choose from, making a decision on your interior decorations can be difficult and overwhelming. Well, the good news is that we’re here to help make at least one part of your home improvement project easy for you. We’ve put together this compilation of gorgeous bathroom stained glass windows to help you along with your new home design.
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How We Created the Stained Glass Windows for the Fort Collins Temple

Posted October 6th, 2016 by ssgadmin
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Approximately four years ago, Scottish Stained Glass was approached by representatives of the LDS Church. Over the last several years, the Church had commenced the construction of many new temples all across the world. The Church came to us because they were interested in finding a company that they could add to their list of approved stained manufacturers.
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Religious Stained Glass for Churches and Temples

Posted September 30th, 2016 by ssgadmin
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Churches and temples are important sacred places for religious members and groups for many reasons. They are places where people can gather to worship, receive religious guidance, and deepen their faith. In addition to this, they are also home to some of the most beautiful art and glass work in the world. The religious stained glass that can be found in places of worship is not only known for its stunning and colorful appearance, but also the ability to portray religious values and tell a story of faith.

At Scottish Stained Glass, we enjoy working with religious members from a wide variety of denominations to create religious stained glass pieces that are unique and timeless. In the past, we have completed many projects that involved the design and installation of stained glass windows, entryways, transoms, and more for churches, temples, mosques, and synagogues. Our most recent project involved manufacturing the stained glass windows for the Fort Collins Colorado LDS Temple.

Our Most Recent Religious Stained Glass Project

We were honored to be chosen as the preferred stain glass company for the temple in Fort Collins. From the very start, we were determined to create religious stained glass windows that were absolutely flawless and could stand the test of 1,000 years time. The project took approximately two years to complete, during which time we worked closely with members of the LDS Church, construction company, and other general contractors.

In the end, we were able to create over 50,000 pieces of individual glass, including 400 stained glass pieces. The design process took about 6 months and the next 18 months were spent on manufacturing and installing the glass. During this time, we encountered many challenges but were over to overcome them by working as a team with our partners on the project. We were able to accomplish such tasks as creating a new, customized color of glass, constructing colored glass bevels, and fitting stained glass pieces into customized frames that were being built simultaneously.

In addition to a custom design, the stained glass windows for the Fort Collins Colorado LDS Church were constructed for optimal durability and energy efficiency. To achieve this effect, we used Low-E safety glass on the outside of the window. The windows were also created to provide a high level of privacy while still allowing for adequate sunlight to enter the room. In the end, we were able to pass the many rounds of inspection conducted by the Church without a single flaw being identified in our glass work.

Timeless Religious Stained Glass Designs

Churches, temples, and other religious sites are incredibly important to the members who choose to worship there. Now you can allow for the physical appearance of your building to reflect your religious values and beliefs by opting for a gorgeous religious stained glass design. Contact us today to receive an estimate.

How Stained Glass Can Add Value to Your Dallas Home

Posted September 14th, 2016 by ssgadmin
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Often when people choose to sell their home, they remodel certain aspects of it before putting it on the market. This is because custom and modern fixtures can help increase the resale value of a property and, in turn, make buying a new home an easier, more financially comfortable process. Adding a new stained glass installation to your Dallas home can drastically enhance its curb appeal and give it a more competitive edge on the housing market.

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Impress Potential Buyers with Custom Stained Glass for Your Dallas Home

While new appliances are certainly a good idea if you’re planning on selling your home, they’re also pretty standard and are already expected by most buyers. What will really make your home stand out and impress potential buyers is a custom designed, hand-crafted installation. Stained glass is a perfect option for your Dallas home because it can:

  • Increase the appraisal value of your home
  • Make your home more attractive to potential buyers
  • Enhance your existing architectural design
  • Provide a higher level of privacy for increased comfort
  • Create a look of elegance and refined taste

Things to Consider for Your Stained Glass Design

Before you decide on a specific style or appearance for your stained glass, you may want to consider a few things such as:
1. How long do you plan to stay in your home? If you plan on settling down for several years in your home, it’s perfectly appropriate to create a design that appeals specifically to you. However, if you plan on selling your home, you may want to opt for a more modern, generic style of stained glass.
2. Do you plan on redesigning your home in the future? Sometimes people like to install colored stained glass to match the interior design of their home. But if you think you may change things around in a few years, you may want to consider installing a clear stained glass window instead.
3. What level of privacy are you hoping to achieve? If a high level of privacy is important to you, then you may want to opt for a textured stained glass installation. Textured glass can significantly reduce how well outsiders can see into your home. Or, if you really like the look of clear glass, adding a bevel cluster to your fixture may create the elegant appearance you desire.

Consult the Professionals at Scottish Stained Glass

Whether you have a particular look in mind for your stained glass or would like some advice for your design, we can provide you with the services you need. The experts at Scottish Stained Glass are here to help you create the perfect stained glass installation for your Dallas home. Call us today to get a beautiful piece of art.

5 Great Prairie Stained Glass Applications for Your Kansas City Home

Posted September 6th, 2016 by ssgadmin

Due to its connection with several homes built in the area by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, prairie style stained glass is extremely popular in Kansas City homes. The artistic appearance of prairie stained glass is appealing to those seeking to add a bit of modern or contemporary flare to their home. Its incredibly unique design often features symmetrical patterns, geometric shapes, and bright, warm colors. When placed in exactly the right spot, it has the ability to selectively allow sunlight to enter the room and can highlight specific architectural features of your home.

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Prairie style stained glass makes a beautiful addition to any home and can serve as a captivating focal point for your guests. When your visitors enter your home, they will instantly be drawn to its vivid colors and sophisticated design. For this reason, the designers at Scottish Stained Glass thoroughly enjoy creating custom prairie style stained glass artwork that is elegant and unique. And because we love the style so much, we’ve put together this list of our five favorite prairie stained glass applications for Kansas City homes.

1. Prairie Stained Glass for Private Entryways


Your entryway is the first impression that guests have of your home. Installing a unique prairie stained glass piece in your door or sidelights can create a gorgeous design for your front room or foyer and provide you with a bit of privacy from the outside world.

2. Prairie Stained Glass for Kitchens and Cabinets


Due to long-established traditions, many people tend to spend a large amount of time with their family and guests in their kitchen. If you enjoy throwing parties or entertaining, prairie style stained glass can give your kitchen the extra touch of liveliness and color it needs to make it the perfect place for hosting special events.

3. Prairie Stained Glass in Bathroom Windows


Because many appliances are often white or stainless steel, bathrooms are typically one of the rooms in a house that can benefit from a bit of added color. Prairie style stained glass offers the perfect solution for adding elegance and color to bathrooms while protecting your privacy.

4. Decorative Hallway Prairie Stained Glass


Decorating a hallway or stairway can sometimes be a tricky task and may create a desire for variation from the typical arrangement of picture frames and paintings. Adding prairie stained glass in these areas can be a fun and creative way to enhance the interior design of your home.

5. Transom Prairie Stained Glass


Stained glass transoms are a beautiful way to let natural light enter your home and also add height and depth to your rooms. We just love the way that prairie stained glass allows the sunlight to brighten up a room.

Custom Prairie Stained Glass for Your Kansas City Home

Has looking at all this prairie stained glass in Kansas City got you feeling inspired? Call Scottish Stained Glass today to get a custom stained glass piece for your home!

Fort Collins Mormon Temple Stained Glass Project

Posted August 17th, 2016 by ssgadmin

 

Aspen/Floral Stained Glass for Park City

Posted August 1st, 2016 by ssgadmin

Many of our Park City stained glass customers like to celebrate nature with their stained glass designs. We offer stunning floral stained glass in a variety of styles, featuring floral designs that the customer chooses. Flowers have always been traditional in stained glass, spanning the centuries and the different styles that have arisen over them. Flowers can be in an antique style, the style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (an iconic Scottish stained glass architect and designer who created the famous Glasgow Rose design), the style of Greene and Greene, or any other modern type of flower design.

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Park City Bathroom Stained Glass

Posted August 1st, 2016 by ssgadmin
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For homes in Park City, bathroom stained glass is an elegantly beautiful idea that also has a big practical benefit: privacy. If your Park City bathroom has regular glass windows, you might wish for a bit more privacy while still allowing the beautiful Utah sunshine to filter through to light up the space.

With custom Park City bathroom stained glass, you can add value and beauty to the bathroom along with that much needed privacy.

Our custom designs are created by working one on one with each of our customers. We send one of our local area designers right to each customer’s home, to start the custom design process. During this initial consultation, clients have the opportunity to discuss ideas, look at photos and samples, see sketches of what their stained glass ideas will look like, and create the perfect design.

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Park City Entryway & Sidelight Stained Glass

Posted August 1st, 2016 by ssgadmin
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Stained glass can truly light up Park City Utah homes’ entryways, giving them privacy, elegance, and uniqueness. In many Park City developments, the homes exteriors, including their entryways, are very similar. Décor lovers are always looking for ways to add more curb appeal and distinguish their homes from the rest, adding their own personal stamp.

With custom stained glass designs, Park City entryways can become as distinctive and gorgeous as their owners desire. When it comes to entryway stained glass, it is usually the sidelights on one or both sides of the front door that are done in stained glass, as well as the transom window above the front door (if any) and sometimes even the front door itself. With stained glass in the front door, more light can come through into the home or office’s foyer, hallway, or entryway, an area that is frequently rather dark.

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Beautiful sidelight stained glass

Posted February 8th, 2016 by ssgadmin

Stained glass sidelights are one of our favorite and most popular commissions. We’ll tell you why. In our twenty years of experience, we have never seen any other home improvement that makes such a huge and gorgeous change to a home’s entryway as stained glass. Of course, if we do custom stained glass for your sidelights on either side of your front door, you know we are going to suggest adding a stained glass panel or two right into the front door itself. That’s because sidelights are placed in an entryway to add light into what might be a rather dark part of a home. And with the inserts in the door, even more light can be added, along with a regal and elegant look.

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Stained glass installation experts

Posted February 1st, 2016 by ssgadmin

When you commission a piece of custom stained glass, you need more than just expertise in constructing the stained glass window or door. You also need to be sure that the company you are using has expertise in stained glass installation. Because when it comes to the durability and longevity of your stained glass, if you want it to last through the generations—perhaps a century or more—you need expert installation.

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Unique stained glass designs

Posted January 26th, 2016 by ssgadmin

Here at Scottish Stained Glass, we provide custom stained glass windows, doors, and other items for both residential and commercial use. We are always excited to work with a business creating commercial stained glass that can add a wow factor to their décor. Commercial stained glass can be understated and elegant, it can be bright and bold, it can be modern or antique. Each of our commercial stained glass designs is unique for that particular customer and his or her needs.

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Custom entryway stained glass

Posted November 23rd, 2015 by ssgadmin

One of our most popular commissions here at Scottish Stained Glass are stained glass entryways. It really isn’t surprising, when you consider that many houses in Colorado look just like every other home on the block or in the entire development. Sure, on the inside, it’s all done to the owners’ tastes. But the entryway, well, there’s just not that much you can usually do with it to give it an individual look.

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Stained glass for any denomination

Posted November 23rd, 2015 by ssgadmin
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Here at Scottish Stained Glass, we have to admit that commissions for religious stained glass are some of our favorites. We love the vivid colors, the frequently intricate designs, the chance to tell a story with our work, and to uplift those who see it in a church, chapel, or temple.

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Custom commercial stained glass designs

Posted November 9th, 2015 by ssgadmin
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When it comes to commercial stained glass, we do custom designs specifically for each client. Our designs can integrate the name of a business, or just be gorgeous to look at. It all depends on the location of the stained glass, the type of business, and its goals.

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Custom stained glass sidelights

Posted October 19th, 2015 by ssgadmin

Stained glass sidelights have always been one of the most popular residential stained glass applications in our twenty years in business. After all, everyone has a front door to their home, an entryway that they want to make a great first impression. And many homes have sidelights, those narrow non-functional windows on either side of the door.

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Custom stained glass entryways

Posted October 6th, 2015 by ssgadmin

Out of all the difference stained glass windows we do, for living rooms, hallways, bedrooms, bathrooms, even kitchens and basements – stained glass entryways are one of our most popular commissions.

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Custom leaded stained glass designs

Posted September 29th, 2015 by ssgadmin
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Here at Scottish Stained Glass we get a large amount of requests for our contemporary leaded stained glass designs. They are the perfect type of stained glass to add to any room in a home, from the entryway to the back bedroom, from the basement to that round attic window that gives the front of your house so much character.

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Beveled stained glass for extra light.

Posted September 9th, 2015 by ssgadmin

Have you ever considered beveled stained glass for any of the windows or doors in your home? We consider beveled glass to be one of our signature styles, a style we truly love designing and building for our clients, and they seem to agree about its loveliness.

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Custom leaded glass windows.

Posted August 31st, 2015 by ssgadmin

When we first mention leaded glass windows to our clients as a suggestion during a design consultation, many of them have puzzled looks. “Lead?” they ask. “How is that different from regular stained glass?”

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Custom Art Nouveau stained glass designs.

Posted August 24th, 2015 by ssgadmin

Art Nouveau is one of those old fashioned styles that somehow never really goes out of style. It’s fluid, lovely, and evocative of a time gone by, and yet somehow still manages to work beautifully in a modern home. With Art Nouveau stained glass, you can bring a touch of this style into your home’s entryway, kitchen, bathroom, basement, or any other room of your home.

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Art Deco stained glass fans.

Posted August 21st, 2015 by ssgadmin

Art Deco is a style that rose to popularity in the nineteen twenties, and is still quite popular today. It spread its stylized wings into furniture, architecture, painting, and all the decorative arts including stained glass. Two of the most famous Art Deco buildings are New York City’s Chrysler Building and iconic Empire State Building. Art Deco has many fans to this day, and Art Deco stained glass is one of the ways these Deco lovers can bring this striking and unique style into their homes or offices.

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Custom Celtic stained glass designs.

Posted August 11th, 2015 by ssgadmin

Here at Scottish Stained Glass, it’s no surprised that we have a special fondness for Celtic art, Celtic culture, and of course, Celtic stained glass designs. Although it’s hard to pin down the art of the Celts to one particular style, because their culture spanned the centuries and covered a large part of Northern Europe, there are certain aspects of that style that are most closely associated with their culture.

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Custom beveled stained glass designs

Posted July 27th, 2015 by ssgadmin

We have to admit , here at Scottish Stained Glass we really love beveled stained glass. This stunningly elegant style of stained glass is not just beautiful and timeless, it works wonderfully with a wide variety of different architectural eras and different decors. We consider ourselves experts in this type of stained glass, and our customers seem to love it as well.

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Custom Celtic stained glass designs

Posted July 20th, 2015 by ssgadmin

Here at Scottish Stained Glass, although we work in many different styles, one of our personal favorites is Celtic stained glass. The Celtic style is fluid and interesting to look at, and represents an ancient and profound tradition.

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Art Nouveau designs for a new look

Posted July 13th, 2015 by ssgadmin

Art Nouveau, which literally means new art in French, was an art and design movement that took place from the 1880s until the First World War. Along with fine art and graphic work, Art Nouveau stained glass also became popular, and this style has today become a classic.

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