3 Reasons Why Houston Church Stained Glass Is Important to Restore

Posted December 19th, 2019 by ssgadmin
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Houston is known for its contributions to space exploration, its delicious Gulf seafood, and beautiful sunny beaches. But that’s not all. Locals know that it’s also home to some of the most enchanting stained glass windows in the country.

Step into one of Houston’s oldest churches and you will instantly be mesmerized by the beauty of the stained glass. As sunlight seeps through the glass, a brilliant array of vivid colors wash over the interior. It’s truly a sight to behold.

But beauty isn’t the only thing that stained glass windows bring to the table. They’re also an important part of history.

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What Gives Stained Glass Its Color?

Posted December 16th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Stained glass is such a versatile medium that has been used for centuries around the world, offering beauty, art, symbolism, and function. The colorful nature of stained glass has enabled these multi-faceted abilities, creating stunning results. No wonder stained glass is still highly valued in modern art and society. Have you ever stopped to wonder what gives stained glass its color? All the different styles, textures, and colors found in stained glass are manufactured that way utilizing a certain process.

The Process of Creating Colorful Stained Glass

Colorful glass is actually achieved by adding certain metals during the development process. When glass is initially formed, it starts out as a very fine mixture of scraps of waste or broken glass as well as sand. These waste or broken glass fragments are referred to as cullet. Cullet means recycled glass. The mixture is sifted and put into a furnace with additional various materials depending on the type of glass it is intended to make. The cullet and sand have to be heated to their melting point in order to produce glass. Therefore, the kiln temperatures are usually over 2,900 degrees. Adding certain substances to this molten glass mixture produces different colors. Metal oxides are the secret ingredient for producing colored glass.

Metal Oxides that Produce Colorful Stained Glass

  • Cobalt oxide creates violet and blue
  • Cadmium sulfide creates yellow
  • Antimony oxide creates white
  • Gold chloride creates red
  • Sulfur creates yellow amber
  • Chromic oxide creates emerald green
  • Uranium oxide creates fluorescent green and yellow

Metal oxides are responsible for all the extensive colors made possible in stained glass. We’re proud to have the most comprehensive inventory of colorful stained glass options for developing any vision that our clients have in mind. For more information regarding the stained glass process or our custom services, please contact us!

Stained Glass Design Ideas for Modern Kitchens

Posted December 13th, 2019 by ssgadmin

For kitchens in homes here in Fort Worth, there simply is not a better design accent than a lovely stained glass window. You may think of stained glass as something old and dated and not to be had in the modern home. However, stained glass, particularly in kitchens can be incredibly modern. Below we have listed some of our favorite uses of stained glass in kitchens and why we think it gives such a modern feel. 

Stained Glass Kitchen Cabinets

One of the most common uses for stained glass in kitchens is in cabinets. It is such an amazing aesthetic and truly eye-catching. The best part about stained glass as cabinet doors in kitchens is you get the modern open cabinet feel but with a little bit of coverage for anything that could look like clutter.

Stained Glass Kitchen Windows Over Sinks

The reason for stained glass over sinks in kitchens is to keep you from staring into your neighbors home or yard while doing your dishes. However, it just as well keeps your neighbor’s eyes out of one of the most “lived” in parts of your home. This is a place where you can really get creative and modern with stained glass in your kitchen. Nothing looks better with a crisp white modern decor in a home kitchen than the clean lines and stand-out pops of color–than stained glass.

 

Stained Glass Room Divider

A lot of people have kitchens that are open to a living area or dining room. This is an amazing setting for entertaining but often hard to divide seamlessly. Stained glass panels are the perfect addition to give you the slightest bit of separation and a ton of modern style! Bold, innovative and incredibly contemporary–stained glass room dividers are fast coming into vogue.

For more information on stained glass for your modern Fort Worth home, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!

A Closer Look At Medieval Stained Glass And Its Significance

Posted December 13th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Medieval stained glass is uniquely colored and painted glass from the medieval period in Europe from the 10th century to the 16th century. A lot of this period of stained glass was made up of picture representation of saints, biblical scenes and rich iconography. While the reason for this is not exactly clear, the emerging color technology for stained glass at the time was surely a factor for this style. One of the first examples of colored window glass dates from 800–820 from excavations at the Abbey of San Vicenzo in Volturno, Italy. The medieval period, rich in colored stained glass, soon followed–less than 200 years later. [3

The Colors of Medevil Stained Glass

So, exactly what type of color was used that was so hallmarked to this period and place in stained glass history? Quite a few actually. Most of them actually stemming from impurities in the silica used for making the stained glass panels–some intentional–some not.

Medieval Blue Soda Glass

One of the most brilliant colors in Medieval stained glass is the blue soda glass. The early medieval glass was soda-based. Although quickly replaced with Forest glass there has been blue soda stained glass found in UK excavations at Old Sarum, Winchester and even some in France.

Red and Green Medieval Stained Glass

Green and red stained glass were likely made by adding copper– in the form of ore or copper filing.  Although the impurities in stained the silica alone usually accounted for a slight amber hue–this process allowed for deeper more pronounced red and oranges especially.

Silver Stain Medieval Stained Glass

In the early Medieval period, bold but still mostly clear glass was created by carefully controlling the furnace conditions to make them appropriate for reducing or oxidizing the area. However, later in the Medieval period (the 14th century) silver stain was introduced which made it possible to create a wider variety of glass hues.

The Importance of Medieval Stained Glass

Although Medieval stained glass windows were made long ago, they have had a huge impact on the modern glass we see today. This was the first era that not only introduced color into stained glass but rapidly developed many of the same colors we use today. Furthermore, with the use of color, this period in time ushered in an era of life-like representations of people, places, and things–not unlike much of what we see in stained glass today.

For more information on stained glass or to get a stain glass windows designed for your Colorado Springs home, contact us here at Scottish Stained glass today!

Why Is Church Stained Glass Important to Restore?

Posted December 13th, 2019 by ssgadmin
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If you belong to a church with stained glass windows, you may wonder if they’re worth keeping and restoring. Perhaps someone recently pointed out signs of deterioration, such as cracks or chips in the glass. Or maybe your stained glass got a few small holes in it after a hail store. Either way, now your church has decide if it wants to invest money into the repairs.

Although it may seem like a burden to take on such costs, there are many good reasons for doing so. Historic church stained glass windows are not only rare and valuable, but they’re also an important part of history. Below, we’ve listed a few reasons why Salt Lake City churches should consider stained glass restoration.

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