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!

Historic Hotel Stained Glass Examples

Posted November 17th, 2019 by ssgadmin
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Everyone knows about the beautiful stained glass windows in historic churches like Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame, and the Chartres Cathedral. But hardly any attention at all is given to historic hotels with stained glass. This is an unfortunate oversight, since some historic hotels contain stained glass windows extraordinary enough to be considered masterpieces.

Stained glass is a natural choice for hotels. (Even here in Houston, we have more than a few hotels with stained glass.) It instantly elevates the look of any room, and its crystalline appearance is reminiscent of precious metals, jewels, and diamonds. It’s no wonder that it’s found its way into so many hotels over time. Still, nonetheless, these hotels have gone above and beyond to make their stained glass extra special.

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Make Your Historic Fort Worth Storefront More Authentic With Stained Glass

Posted November 13th, 2019 by ssgadmin

As an owner of a historic storefront property here in Fort Worth and want to update it while maintaining its original character, the department of the interior has some sage advice.

According to the NPS website you should

  1. Become familiar with the style

  2. Preserve the storefront’s character 

  3. Avoid the use of materials that were unavailable when the storefront was constructed

  4. Choose paint colors based on the building’s historical appearance.

Along this vein is the adding stained glass to your storefront window is a way to accomplish a number of things–beauty and authenticity.  This is because commercial establishments in the 18th and early 19th centuries were typically on the ground floor of buildings.  This made it difficult for retail establishments to stand out from their residential neighbors. Commercial spaces began implementing large bay or oriel windows made up of numerous small panes of glass set the shops apart from their residential neighbors.  In the early 20th century the use of decorative stained glass transom windows set off a trend of displaying the presence of a commercial/retail space. Therefore, using this same glass today in your historic storefront is about as authentic as it gets. 

Stained Glass Styles That Work Well For Historic Storefronts

Which style of stained glass you use for you Fort Worth historic storefront is really up to you–and there are a lot of styles to choose from.  However, in order to preserve the authenticity of your store’s appearance you may want to go with a stained glass style that was popular around the time your historic structure.  Below are some suggestions

For stores built in the 1800s:  Victorian Style Stained Glass, Gothic Style Stained Glass, Mackintosh Style Stained Glass

For stores built in the early 1900s:  Greene and Greene Style Stained Glass,  Art Nouveau Style Stained Glass,

For historic buildings built in the early-mid 1900s: Prairie Style Stained Glass, Art Deco Style Stained Glass.

Of course, this all depends on the look of your entire building and the theme of your store but keeping things as close to they may have been back in the day is always a wonderful touch.

To learn more about a stained glass style that may work wonderfully on your historic Fort Worth building–retail or otherwise– contact us at Scottish Stained Glass in Fort Worth today!

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