Does Your Kansas City Church Stained Glass Need Restoration? Find Out Here!

Posted January 29th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Stained Glass:  Durable But Needs Regular Restoration And Repair

Stained glass is actually an extremely durable material, made only better by the fact that it takes color through paints, pigments, and dye. This means it is a wonderful medium for adorning churches and giving it that coveted ethereal feel. Just because stained glass is durable, does not mean it never needs repair though. The fact is church stained glass windows should be repaired or restored every 80-100 years. If your church has stained glass and you wonder if it may soon need repair, read on to find out what surefire signs of disrepair to look for on your chapel’s stained glass and keep it looking lovely and intact for your congregation for decades to come.

Gaps In Your Church’s Stained Glass Window Showing Daylight

An obvious sign it is time to repair your Kansas City church stained glass are gaps of visible light through your window. This is when you can actually see through these holes outside. They can be small or large and you will find them between the glass and the leading or frame. The reason these gaps appear is because there is stretching of the lead and the issue with this is–the surrounding glass panels are no longer held securely in place. The possibility of a piece of glass falling out of the window is high and stained glass professional should be brought in to take a look.

Church Stained Glass That is Buckling, Bowing And Sagging

If the stained glass windows in your church are buckling, bowing, bulging or sagging, your windows are in bad repair and could collapse. This, of course, is a worst case scenario but any falling glass is bad glass and could harm a church member. This type of damage is not about the glass itself decaying but rather the wood frame, which has been expanding and contracting over time and is losing strength. In the long run, these rapid shifts in the frame take a big toll on the lead and cause it to lose strength too. This is an issue that needs to be repaired soon to immediately.

Chips And Cracks On The Stained Glass Of Your KC Church

The most frequent repair church stained glass windows need (and the least “dangerous”) are to chips and cracks in the glass. Not a fix that is pressing for safety reasons but because they affect the beauty and luster of your church’s stained glass. Keep in mind that cracks in glass are sometimes an indicator of “stress zones” in the glass from a failing frame. So, if you notice cracks getting bigger or increasingly popping up, contact a professional stained glass repair company like Scottish Stained Glass In Kansas.

 

Ways to Incorporate Stained Glass into Your Modern Kansas City Church Design

Posted January 26th, 2019 by ssgadmin

The way that churches are being designed today is drastically different from the past. Church designs used to focus on creating an ambiance of grandeur, and included ornate decor, artwork with religious figures, towering steeples, and high ceilings.

But today, churches realize that their worshipers are seeking a different experience. Modern church designs focus on creating a space for quiet contemplation, inner reflection, and peaceful meditation, which means they have become much more simple and minimalist.

Some would argue that stained glass is not as popular today in these modern Kansas City churches, but this simply is not true. Stained glass is a traditional part of religious design and many church groups feel strongly about preserving past history. Rather, many Kansas City churches are using stained glass in more modern and creative ways to draw in light, add calming colors, and open their church to the outdoors.

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Restore Your Kansas City Church’s Stained Glass to Continue Inspiring Your Congregation

Posted January 11th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Kansas City churches have some of the most gorgeous, historic stained glass pieces in the country. With rich historical context and highly inspirational imagery, these stained glass pieces are a real integral part of the worship process. Congregation members often associate these stained glass panels to personal perceptions of each service, guiding their spiritual process. Many of these stained glass pieces offer historic value for the community as well. Restoration offers a great way for you to maintain the antique value while ensuring future generations can enjoy these treasures as well.

Advantages of Stained Glass Restoration for Your Kansas City Church

Stained glass restoration is a comprehensive process that needs be completed about every 100 years in order to properly maintain your church’s stained glass. This in-depth process is comprised of decades of experience– from mimicking hand-painted glass techniques to finding the perfect replacement glass for damaged pieces, our stained glass artisans meticulously work on your stained glass windows to bring them back to their original condition. Stained glass restoration can be very significant for improving property value, maintaining antique value, as well as ensuring your congregation is able to keep their beloved pieces. Future generations will be able to appreciate the historic value and ties to their community when worshiping to the same stained glass their parents and grandparents did.

Stained Glass Restoration Assessment for Kansas City Churches

Scottish Stained Glass offers industry-leading stained glass restoration for churches all over the nation. Working with an experienced stained glass artisan makes all the difference in the outcome of your project. The restoration process should always begin with an on-site assessment of your stained glass– no stained glass studio should be able to give you estimates over the phone.

For more information regarding stained glass restoration for your Kansas City church, please contact us!

Featured Modern Leaded Glass Project: Altar’d State Boulder

Posted December 7th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to have been chosen to manufacture and assemble the complete leaded glass storefront in addition to interior leaded glass features in Altar’d State’s newest location in Boulder. Altar’d State is a faith-based national retailer with over 100 boutiques throughout thirty states. Altar’d State is renowned for its branded unique fashion experience that’s illuminated through gorgeous, modern stained glass displays in many of their locations. With a powerful mission behind their retail experience, Altar’d State prioritizes giving back to the community through child sponsorships, team volunteer work, and charitable giving. Partnering with such an illustrious, philanthropic organization was a really special experience and we’re humbled to have contributed to their specialized shopping experience.

Contemporary Leaded Glass Features: Manufacturing and Assembly

Our team of stained glass artisans worked hard to complete the scope of this project within the strict timeline given. Once Altar’d State obtained their permits, we had exactly three weeks to complete the entire leaded glass project before the installation deadline. The project was comprised of a complete leaded glass storefront, a 12-foot privacy leaded glass interior feature, as well as an 8-foot leaded glass rotunda ceiling feature. All three components totaled 400 square feet of custom leaded stained glass. Since the storefront didn’t exist yet, we had to build all of the leaded glass features based on the given plans and dimensions.

One of the more technical aspects of this project was the curved leaded glass components. We had to calculate the exact radius of each curved leaded glass feature in order to make two proper molds for each piece. With such a limited time frame, we had no room for error. Each piece had to be created perfectly according to the given dimensions. Our 15-person team worked diligently and precisely and when it came it installation time, all leaded glass pieces fit perfectly.

Installation Process and Final Result of Our Contemporary Leaded Glass Project

Working alongside numerous other contractors and designers, we all simultaneously came together to create this incredible store from the ground up. While our team meticulously installed each piece of leaded glass, others were installing copper cladding and metal framing. As we pieced together the leaded storefront, designers were creating interior clothing displays and organizing inventory. The entire production worked seamlessly together to accomplish something that looked like it should’ve taken months.

The 12-foot leaded glass feature was installed directly in front of the dressing rooms to provide a beautiful focal point while also offering privacy. Altar’d State had customer-written prayer books turned into custom wallpaper that adorned the walls behind our leaded glass, providing a stunning contrast. On the other side of the 12-foot leaded glass feature, we installed the 8-foot leaded glass dome as a rotunda feature. With lighting incorporated into the center of the leaded glass dome, an almost angelic feel transcends the space.

Scottish Welcomes You to Visit Altar’d State Boulder

We are proud of this contemporary leaded glass project and welcome our clients to visit Altar’d State located in Boulder’s 29th Street Mall. It is truly a one-of-a-kind shopping experience complete with beautiful artistic features. If you have any questions regarding these leaded glass features or would like to discuss your upcoming stained glass project, please contact us!

Benefits of Antique Stained Glass Restoration for Fort Collins Historic Homes, Restaurants and Hotels

Posted December 7th, 2018 by ssgadmin
antique stained glass restoration fort collins

There is great value and virtue in preserving antique art. Antiques and collectibles are our ties to the past, the history and culture of mankind. When we look at the skill that many artists had to employ at the time of creation, we are amazed to find that their intellect far proceeded their time. And in today’s world of mass manufacturing, such handcrafted works are truly a rarity. All of these principles can be applied to the preservation of Fort Collins’ antique stained glass.

Fort Collins is a town rich with history and culture, and there is no shortage of the presence of stained glass in its architecture. With just a quick stroll through Old Town, one can see that stained glass is an important defining characteristic of Fort Collins homes and buildings. Whether a part of restaurants, hotels, churches, or homes, these antique stained glass windows are a treasure not to be taken for granted. By investing in stained glass restoration, owners of antique stained glass can preserve their beautiful artwork and the historic nature of their property.

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