Stained Glass Ideas for Irish Pubs in Austin

Posted November 23rd, 2019 by ssgadmin
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We know… an Irish bar is probably the last place you would think to look for some fantastic artwork. But the truth is, countless bars and pubs in Dublin have beautiful works of art. Believe it or not, Irish pubs have some incredible stained glass windows.

So if you’re looking for a way to create an authentic vibe for your Austin Irish pub, stained glass is definitely the way to go. Here are a few different ways you can decorate your pub with stained and leaded glass windows.

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What Makes Dalle Stained Glass Unique?

Posted November 22nd, 2019 by ssgadmin

If you have Dalle stained glass on or in your Fort Collins home or business, you likely know it is different from other types of stained glass but perhaps not why. As it turns out, Dalle stained glass is a very unique expression of the traditional stained glass art form with some pretty significant differences. Below we compare traditional stained glass to Dalle stained glass so you can get an idea about what sets the two apart.

The Age of the Stained Glass Craft

Dalle Stained Glass: was invented in the early part of the 20th century–making it about 100 years old. Furthermore, we have a pretty good understanding of who invented and pioneered this stained glass method.

Traditional Stained Glass: this stained glass artform is old, if not ancient. Some traditional stained glass was even made over 100 years ago and we have no real idea who first made it or where.

The Thickness of the Stained Glass

Dalle Stained Glass: is very thick– sometimes well over 1” thick. It is made in big blocks and then sawed or hammered into size.

Traditional Stained Glass: is much thinner–today’s production glass is about 1/8″ thick. It is usually made the same size as the panel that will hold it and is thin enough to sand and cut with a glass cutter.

Type of Stained Glass Support Structure

Dalle Stained Glass: is held in place by a thick concrete and epoxy frame that is poured onto the glass as it sits in a sand box. This makes it incredibly sturdy.

Traditional Stained Glass:  Is usually made in wood frames with metal supports and the glass panels are separated by lead caming that is soldered in. While not fragile–it is not nearly as sturdy as Dalle stained glass.

The Restoration Process for the Stained Glass

Dalle Stained Glass: Since the concrete and epoxy framing is so durable, this type of glass is very hard to repair and restore. The entire stone like frame needs to be chipped off and then re-poured–very time consuming and expensive.

Traditional Stained Glass: Is much easier to remove and restore since lead caming is soft and can be peeled off. However, re-leading a traditional stained glass frame requires more artistry and care but requires less cleaning afterward.

For more information on either of these stained glass artforms and restoration and repair–contact us at Scottish Stained Glass in Fort Collins today.

What Is the Painted Glass Restoration Process?

Posted November 21st, 2019 by ssgadmin

Colorado Springs is known for its beautiful stained glass features. From churches to businesses, antique stained glass windows can be found in all kinds of different properties. Many of these stained glass windows have painted glass components that are gorgeous and one-of-a-kind. Historic painted glass offers significant beauty that usually improves the value of your property. Painted glass restoration is required periodically in order to properly preserve these pieces. Restoration enables another century of life, ensuring that future generations can enjoy these treasured windows.

The Painted Glass Restoration Process for Colorado Springs Properties

Painted glass restoration can ensure another century of life but requires certain experience and expertise to execute. The process begins by removing your windows and installing temporary ones. Your stained glass will be transported back to the restoration studio where it’ll soak for up to two weeks. This soaking process removes all dirt and impurities while making it easier for disassembly. Once we take it all apart piece by piece, the painted glass components are evaluated for restoration. We study all the brush strokes and time period that it’s from in order to perfectly replicate it. We always keep the original intact if possible, finding creative ways to make this happen. We take the time to create perfect colors matches and fire each layer of paint in the kiln.

Work with Colorado Springs’ Leading Painted Glass Restoration Studio

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the leading painted glass restoration studio serving the Colorado Springs area. Our painted glass restoration artists are happy to work with you to ensure antique value is preserved and proper homage is paid to the original artist. We’ve restored painted glass from various time periods and are confident that we can help with your project.

For more information regarding painted glass restoration for your property, please contact us!

Funky Casino Stained Glass Ideas

Posted November 20th, 2019 by ssgadmin

When it comes to decorating a casino–any designer would agree–bigger is better. Since casinos are designed to pull in and keep people inside–they simply must be larger than life. This is as true for casinos in Las Vegas as it is to those that we have here in Colorado. From casinos up in Central City to those around us here in Colorado Springs–many have not only bright, over-the-top designs but an Old West theme as well. This is why stained glass, especially in funky, unique places is such a great fit. Below we have listed a handful of locations where this one-of-a-kind stained glass would fit perfectly.   

Four Great Places For Stained Glass in Casinos

1. Ceiling Stained Glass: When you put stained glass on a casino ceiling it is a real stunner. Bright, bold and oftentimes covering places with a ton of traffic–it will wow gamblers.

2. Stained Glass Dividers: Great for privacy and as a wow-factor, stained glass dividers are the perfect fit for casinos looking for a stylish way to section off gambling spaces.

3. Stained Glass Light Shades: Casinos always have a lot of light in them to help keep gamblers up and spending money. Since these lights are everywhere and are meant to draw attention to themselves, stained glass light shades are a way to make these fixtures really pop.

4. Stained Glass Bar Signs: Every casino has a bar here in Colorado Springs which is why stained glass bars signs are so useful. They can denote the bar area brightly and boldly while setting their entire casino apart for having such unique stained glass features.

For more information on stained glass for casinos here in Colorado Springs or any other commercial space, you may own or operate, contact us at Scottish Stained Glass today!  We have done quite a few unique installations in places like retail stores, restaurants, bars and more.

What Is the Painted Glass Restoration Process?

Posted November 17th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Restoring your antique stained glass can provide numerous benefits for your property. Whether you’re looking to restore the stained glass in your church, home, or business, this process can elevate your overall property value as well as the antique value of your glass. Many of these historic antique pieces feature original painted glass elements. Painted glass restoration is a different process that can only be successfully completed by a restoration artist. The right restoration specialist will be able to match the original technique, colors, and keep as much of the original intact as possible.

The Painted Glass Restoration Process for San Antonio Properties

Painted glass restoration starts with research. The artist will study the painted glasswork and do background research on the time period it was produced. When the stained glass window has been soaked in a proprietary solution then taken apart piece by piece, other stained glass artisans will focus on restoring the stained glass pieces and lead came. A restoration artist will focus on the painted glass pieces, taking the time to create perfect color matches. This process can be tedious, requiring a lot of experimentation and patience. Once all the color matches have been achieved, the artist will replicate every brushstroke with the intention of paying homage to the original artist. Each layer of paint has to be fired in the kiln, often using 8-10 layers to accomplish depth and shadowing.

Work with San Antonio’s Leading Painted Glass Restoration Artists

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the leading painted glass restoration artists serving the San Antonio area. With the most talented and specialized artists in the nation, we can restore any painted glass feature with exact precision. Work with our artists to successfully restore your project.

For more information regarding painted glass restoration for your San Antonio property, please contact us!

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