Aggrigate Archives - Stained Glass San Antonio
By Martin Faith
Your windows do so much more than let light into your home. They’re also one of your home’s most defining characteristics. The color, shape, and general appearance of your windows can great affect your home’s appearance and even boost its curb appeal. Leaded and privacy glass offers San Antonio homeowners a unique way to enhance their windows and turn them into beautiful decorative features. Below, we’ve shared some examples of different ways you can incorporate these eye-catching features into your home. Read more…
Stained glass windows are stunning features. They flood building interiors with light and color and depict stories of historical images and scenes. We’ve narrowed down some of the most famous stained glass installations in Texas that you should check out. Read more…
We recently finished another successful church stained glass restoration project at The Rising Church. This community church is located in Arvada, CO, and is known for its leading homeless outreach through food banks and other support systems. One evening, someone walking by the church thought they overheard noises coming from inside. They decided to throw rocks through the stained glass windows in order to stop the commotion. Luckily, there wasn’t anyone inside getting hurt but the result was almost all of the windows were damaged.
The glass in stained glass windows is quite resilient. It is actually thicker than ordinary window glass. Stained glass windows will last a long time because of this. However, the leading becomes weak over time as it reacts to air and moisture to oxidize and become brittle. Because lead joints hold the windows together, when the top starts to deteriorate after 60-100 years, it’s time to re-lead and restore your San Antonio church stained glass windows.
Re-Leading to Restore Stained Glass
The process of removing old lead and replacing it with fresh lead is known as caming. This is one of the procedures we follow in every restoration. It’s a time-consuming procedure that must be done meticulously, but the results are stunning!
The Stained Glass Re-Leading Process
STEP 1: Removing the Stained Glass
We almost always have to remove the entire window in order to replace brittle lead. Lead restoration is not the same as lead repair, which is a minor drop-in repair. After removing the window, we transport the complete structure to our San Antonio studio.
STEP 2: Scanning the Glass Into the Computer
Once we’ve collected all of the stained glass from our home, we take a photo of it together so that we can figure out where each piece goes. This image is imported into a computer system so that we may use it as a model or reference if necessary.
STEP 3: Disassembling the Stained Glass and Removing Old Lead
When we restore a damaged stained glass panel, we take it apart. This implies removing all of the old lead and each piece of glass. We carefully soak every individual piece of glass in a particular solution to eliminate decades of filth and grime after the lead has been removed and the glass is free.
STEP 4: Re-Leading the Stained Glass
We repeat the process, cleaning and re-setting the glass. We place the scanned image from step 2 on the glass then replace it. The new lead is then soldered together like seams to create a modern lead that differs from old stained glass windows’ lead. Lead for antique stained glass windows was previously obtained by melting down pieces of old panels.
STEP 5: Re-Installing the Re-Leaded Stained Glass
This is, without a doubt, the most enjoyable step! We return the stained glass window to the church and reinstall it after we’ve completed replacing the lead and shattered glass. Depending on the demands of the church, we may apply a Low-E glass cover at this stage. The window looks considerably different than it did previously at this point. It’s brighter, more intense, and simply wonderful. It also has a longer life expectancy: 200 years before needing attention.
Contact us today to learn more about restoration for your San Antonio church stained glass.
When it comes to home investments, there are numerous options that can provide better property value, improved curb appeal, and other great benefits. For an all-in-one solution that addresses both beauty and functionality, homeowners can often overlook stained glass. Once celebrated purely as an art form, stained glass actually has some exclusive benefits that it can offer any residential property. Leaded glass is even more popular among homes and can provide some of the benefits that you’ve been looking for. Here are three reasons why you should install privacy leaded glass in your San Antonio home.
By Martin Faith
Of all the art forms in the world, stained glass windows are by far some of the most beautiful and alluring. Each window is tediously assembled together piece by piece, then painted and polished to perfection. The artists spend countless hours creating their masterpieces, first selecting each piece of glass by hand, then bringing the entire work together in a wondrously intricate design.
Now, thanks to modern innovations, you can have a stained glass window made for your very own home. Below, we’ve discussed some beautiful ways to use stained glass in your San Antonio property. Read more…
More and more people are opting for stained glass windows in their San Antonio homes. Modern stained glass is a versatile design element that can be used to create vibrant artwork or subtle, elegant designs with ease. It doesn’t matter whether you have an old Victorian house or a modern high-rise condo; there’s a perfect fit out there just waiting for you!
Trending Stained Glass Styles
If you’re looking for a modern stained glass window design that looks great in nearly any home, these three styles are sure to please. Read on to find your perfect modern stained glass match.
Monochromatic Stained Glass For a Modern Flair
Sometimes less is more. Using monochromatic stained glass windows instead of a rainbow of colors can really make your San Antonio home window pop. Plus, monochromatic color palettes never go out of style. So, whether you want to match the decor or contrast it, this subtle but gorgeous design choice will delight you for years to come!
Crystal Clear And Textured Stained Glass
One of the most iconic styles for stained glass windows is a mix of clear, textured, and beveled pieces. This type of stained glass is not only modern but also gets you maximum privacy without sacrificing natural light. The best part? Clear, textured, or beveled will work with any color room– elegant white to bold blue and beyond.
Geometric Stained Glass That Never Ages
Splashes of color and geometric patterns are in style right now for stained glass. The interesting thing about these types of modern stained glass windows is that they are actually retro. Geometric stained glass goes at least as far back as the Art Nouveau movement but likely much farther in one way or another. So, not only are these modern geometric patterns interesting and great for privacy but are also timeless.
Interested in finding a modern stained glass window in your San Antonio home? Reach out to us today for a free design consultation!
Here at Stained Glass San Antonio, we are part of a parent company called Scottish Stained Glass. We love this because it gives us a chance to be a part of absolutely amazing restorations, repairs, replacements, and even recreations. A recent project we were part of was an amazing stained glass window recreation at Sam Houston State University. It was one of our company’s most ingenious projects. One that breathed new life into a school campus and brought back something they once cherished–their stained glass window. One of the best parts about this masterpiece was recreating a window of old using nothing more than a single picture.
Replicating Sam Houston State’s Historic Stained Glass Window
The Lone Star State is full of schools. Almost none older than Sam Houston State University founded in 1879. The campus is beautiful today but the original campus was made up of lovely arched bricked structures. One such structure had a stunning stained glass window as a prominent feature. This window was a school icon and a point of pride, For nearly a century this window stood tall and aged gracefully with the campus. Sadly, in 1982 it was destroyed in a fire. Recently, SHSU decided to have the lovely window recreated to commemorate their school motto “The measure of a Life is its Service ”. They came to the Scottish Group because we are one of the most prolific stained glass studios in the country and we are so glad they did. We took the restoration journey with them as we navigated some of the challenges recreating stained glass window presents.
The First Challenge of Restoring Sam Houston State University’s Lost Stained Glass
Probably the most difficult, but exciting, parts of replicating this stained glass window was–the window no longer existed. You see, the fire completely destroyed it. Furthermore, there were almost no historical records of this window either. The only thing we had to work off of was one picture from 1962 discovered in an old yearbook, Starting from a single color photo as our only guidance we did what we do best–create something beautiful.
Modern Technology for Restoring Stained Glass
We knew we needed modern technology to do this window. We use a blend of old and new techniques all the time when restoring stained glass windows so this was not new to us. First, we scanned the picture into the computer. From there we were able to print out a full-sized version. We carefully traced the lines from this printout and then put it back into our CAD program to resize it again. The school requested a window twice the size. The process was long and hard but definitely, the right way to honor the look of the original world because the time and effort, aided by technology, paid off in accuracy!
Restoring Sam Houston State University’s Lost Stained Glass
The next major issue was finding the same materials that were used in 1879. That was over -100 years ago so many of the color formulas have been lost to time and many of the glass materials were no longer being manufactured. We knew finding a proper match would be impossible so we would have to improvise. We started out using one of our top conservation specialists to help us find colors that were as close to the originals as we could get. In our mind, close was not enough. So, we next turned to our crew of talented stained glass painting artists. We employed them to apply additional layers on top of the hues that were almost right to make them an exact match.
The Results of the Recreated Commemorative Stained Glass Window
Our work took us about a full year–not uncommon with very large or detailed stained glass artwork restorations. The SHSU window required extensive layering to get the shadow and depth right–about ten in all. Also, this window involved the use of a staggering 3,000- 4,000 individual pieces of glass. Aesthetically speaking, the window came out stunning. Down to the last detail, it looks exactly like the original stained glass masterpiece. In fact, it has once again become the pride and joy of campus. The entire university–from staff to students–was incredibly excited by the look of the new piece on their campus, just delighted by a replication that was so beautiful. Furthermore, the entire Scottish Stained Glass family was happy too! We take great pride in our stained glass restoration and recreation projects. We feel like giving them our all is our way of giving respect to the artwork of old and preserving it for generations to come.
If you have a stained glass restoration or rebuild project we would love to speak to you about it too! Contact us at Stained Glass San Antonio today for a free consultation.
Churches throughout the nation have some of the most gorgeous historic stained glass pieces. This is especially true when it comes to these older, historic churches that have timeless pieces. However, stained glass will always require some intervention in order to properly preserve its condition and integrity. Once congregations begin to see the different signs of deterioration, it is crucial to start the restoration process. Here are three reasons why you should restore your San Antonio church’s stained glass.
The Benefits of Church Stained Glass Restoration In San Antonio
- Restored antique value: The difference in the value of your stained glass unrestored versus restored is substantial. Restoring your glass provides the full antique value while boosting the overall property value of your church. Leaving it unrestored will continue to allow it to depreciate.
- Cost-effective alternative to replacement: While restoration is a considerable financial investment, it is more cost-effective than replacement. Especially if you’re proactive with this process, restoration is typically less expensive the sooner it is achieved.
- Proper preservation for future generations: In order to ensure future generations in your congregation and community can continue to enjoy your stained glass features, proper preservation is needed. Stained glass restoration is the only way to conserve your treasured windows and bring them back to their former glory. You can experience at least another century of lifespan after a proper restoration.
Work With San Antonio’s Number One Church Stained Glass Restoration Studio
Stained Glass San Antonio is honored to be the number one church stained glass restoration studio serving the state of Texas. Our team is comprised of conservation specialists, painted glass artists, structural engineers, and master stained glass artisans. We would love to help you ensure your treasured stained glass remains in the best condition possible. For more information regarding stained glass restoration, please contact us!
It doesn’t matter if you are simply remodeling an older San Antonio home to make it a modern gem or building a totally new home–privacy stained glass is the perfect compliment. In an era of increasing city populations, we are all living closer together. Also with the pandemic still in full swing more of us are spending time at home. In areas like bathrooms, front doors, and kitchen windows that face neighbor’s homes all call for a privacy solution–and stained glass is it. Additionally, modern stained glass is a style that also dovetails nicely with this renovation. Here is why.
Why Modern Stained Glass Makes Great Privacy Glass
Modern Stained Glass Adds Style
Home renovations are all the rage right now. And, as it happens, taking something vintage and adding a modern element is a very vogue idea. Putting modern stained glass in modern homes is also a good marriage of consistent styling. This means no matter how you cut it– modern stained glass fits into homes new and old since it is seemingly ubiquitous. It adds a gorgeous, stylish element to any home and, of course, privacy.
Modern Stained Glass Adds Privacy
Stained glass is the perfect way to add more privacy to a home. As it turns out, modern stained glass works especially well with this type of home need. Why? Because modern stained glass comes in so many different patterns and colors–the sky is literally the limit. Such an adaptable style means you can use it to give a little privacy or a whole lot–either is an easy customization.
Modern Stained Glass Adds Home Value
Modern stained glass is obviously very beautiful. It is also a way to add coveted privacy. These two benefits together add up to one thing– more value for your San Antonio home. Your home will likely appraise for more because the value of stained glass per square foot in an appraisal is more than what you paid plus, it adds incredibly curb appeal. Finally, it is known that houses with stained glass sell faster than comparable houses without it.
For more information on privacy stained glass for modern homes, contact us at Stained Glass San Antonio today!