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Stained Glass For Homes

By Martin Faith

3 Reasons to Install Privacy Leaded Glass in Your San Antonio Home

On 15, Oct 2021 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Stained Glass For Homes | By Martin Faith

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.

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Beautiful Uses for Stained Glass in Your San Antonio Home

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…



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Modern Stained Glass

By Martin Faith

3 Modern Stained Glass Ideas for Any Home

On 12, Aug 2021 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Modern Stained Glass | By Martin Faith

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!



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Stained Glass Projects

By Martin Faith

Our Latest Portfolio Stained Glass Project: Sam Houston State University

On 04, May 2021 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Stained Glass Projects | By Martin Faith

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.

3 Reasons to Restore Your San Antonio Church’s Stained Glass

On 24, Nov 2020 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Stained Glass Repair And Restoration | By Martin Faith

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!



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Privacy Stained Glass

By Martin Faith

3 Reasons to Install Privacy Stained Glass in Modern San Antonio Homes

On 17, Sep 2020 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Privacy Stained Glass | By Martin Faith

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!



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Painted Stained Glass

By Martin Faith

Stained Glass San Antonio Portfolio Review: Breathtaking Painted Stained Glass

On 29, Aug 2020 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Painted Stained Glass | By Martin Faith

Here at Stained Glass San Antonio, one of the best parts about our business model is being part of one of the most proficient stained glass studios in the US–Scottish Stained Glass. This means we are often part of some of the most unique stained glass installations around. Although each one comes with its own set of challenges–at the end of the day, it is incredibly fulfilling work. Our job is not only to transform churches but the lives of the congregants as well. One example of this is our most recent installation (and now pride of our portfolio) St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church located in Wray, CO.

The Scope of Our Custom Stained Glass Project

Wray is quite a small town of 2000 but this stained glass installation was big. Five custom panels to be exact. You see– since St Andrew’s is a newer church (built in the last 30 years) they did not have stained glass windows in the sanctuary. 2020 turned out to be the year this would change. The congregation felt like it was time to install stained glass artwork that would make their place of worship feel more like a house of God. So, they reached out to us to install five new, custom stained glass windows on the east side of their sanctuary. Asked if we could do this safely during a pandemic–the answer was, of course, yes. We have been doing safe stained glass installations throughout the summer and we’re happy to help. We were also thrilled at such an exciting chance to do the custom work we do so well.

Customizing Stained Glass to Be Historically Accurate and Beautiful

The church congregation was looking for us to create a depiction of the five Luminous Mysteries (baptism, wedding, proclamation, transfiguration, and last supper). These depictions were very significant to them and their doctrines. For a job this special and sentimental we pitched custom painted artwork was an option. They absolutely loved the idea and we got the green light! Not only is painted glass a very lovely form of stained glass work but it is rare due to lack of artisans too. We are lucky enough to work with an amazing painted glass specialist–Maria –and she didn’t disappoint. She wanted things to look as life-like as possible so we used actual models to get the poses right. We also did extensive research for historical accuracy like:

  • The Appropriate background and foliage for the region
  • Authentic tile design for floors in that time-period
  • A historically accurate depiction of the town of Cana

The Beauty of Custom Painted Stained Glass

The outcome of our custom, five-panel stained glass project in St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church was breathtaking. Although we used mostly black and brown paint we were able to really pull color from the glass background. We also constructed the stained glass to effectively harness the natural sunlight. This created a lot of depth in objects like the faces, hands, fauna, and flora. The result was a stunning three-dimensional appearance– both authentic but interesting. In the end, the members of the congregation (who watched socially distanced) were amazed by the beauty of the entire process. One member even said, “Now we have a church”. It is this the type of affirmation and the pride that makes us love our work in custom stained glass creation.

For more information on custom stained glass or breathing life into an old piece of stained glass with restoration–contact us at Stained Glass San Antonio today!

3 Reasons to Start Your San Antonio Church Stained Glass Restoration

On 10, Jul 2020 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Stained Glass Repair And Restoration | By Martin Faith

Did you know that stained glass can inspire your congregation members and easily become a lifelong family tradition? Stained glass has always played an important role in San Antonio churches, becoming an integral part of the worship process. When it comes to keeping your church stained glass in the best condition possible, it is crucial to have timely restorations completed. Church stained glass restoration is key for keeping your stained glass around so that future generations can appreciate it as well. Here are three reasons to start your restoration project as soon as possible.

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The Benefits of Stained Glass Repair for San Antonio Properties

On 25, Jun 2020 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Stained Glass Repair And Restoration | By Martin Faith

Does your home, business, or church have stained glass features? San Antonio properties that are lucky enough to have these gorgeous, one-of-a-kind windows should always prioritize the proper maintenance and care. When it comes to ensuring your stained glass stays in the best condition possible, proper repairs must take place in a timely manner in order to prevent further damage and wasted resources in the future. Stained glass repair can provide the services you need for keeping your treasured stained glass in its original condition.

The Advantages of Stained Glass Repair for Your San Antonio Property

When it comes to stained glass damage, the severity will determine how you’ll need to proceed. There are three different options that any property owner can make for their stained glass. Here is the difference between repair, restoration, and replacement:

  • Stained glass replacement: If you no longer want to keep your stained glass whether because it’s an antique or you’d like to change the design, stained glass replacement is key. You’ll work with a designer to create your perfect replacement piece.
  • Stained glass restoration: Restoration restores stained glass panels back to their original glory by replacing damaged glass and redoing the lead came. Restoration is actually required every 75 to 100 years to maintain your stained glass panels.
  • Stained glass repair: Repairs are ideal for mild to moderate damage. These can be completed on-site and should be completed for proper maintenance of your glass.

Work with San Antonio’s Trusted Stained Glass Repair Studio

Stained Glass San Antonio is honored to be the trusted stained glass repair studio serving the Texas area. We’re available for both virtual consultations and in-person appointments. We’d love the opportunity to repair your glass and maintain its original condition.

For more information regarding stained glass repair for your property, please contact us!

The Benefits of Historical Stained Glass Restoration for San Antonio Properties

On 06, May 2020 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Stained Glass Repair And Restoration | By Martin Faith

Historical properties always have incredible charm and character that simply can’t be recreated. These San Antonio historical properties often house original stained glass windows that contribute to their one-of-a-kind charm. Like everything else in life, stained glass will begin to deteriorate with age and external factors. Restoration is required around the 75-year to the 100-year mark in order to continue preserving the integrity of your stained glass. Historical stained glass restoration can deliver some incredible benefits for your commercial property.

The Advantages of Historical Stained Glass Restoration for Your San Antonio Commercial Property

Did you know that unrestored stained glass is appraised for significantly less? While restoration can be a significant investment, the ROI is incredible when you restore the antique value. Restoration can extend the lifespan of your stained glass for over another century until the next restoration is required. Stained glass can often become a major appeal for guests and customers to visit your establishment. They often create a tradition or some significant sentimental meaning for the community. Make sure that future generations can continue treasuring your stained glass features. Stained glass restoration is also significantly less expensive than replacement. The more proactive you are with the historical stained glass restoration process, the more money and resources you can typically save.

Work with San Antonio’s Leading Historical Stained Glass Restoration Studio

Stained Glass San Antonio is honored to be the leading historical stained glass restoration studio serving the Texas area. Our team is available during normal business hours for virtual consultations. We’re happy to help you with your restoration project and can get your assessment started so you have a better understanding of the cost-benefit analysis of restoration vs. replacement for your commercial property.

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