The Key To A Smooth Stained Glass Restoration Is Preparation
Once the decision has been made to get the stained glass in your San Antonio home restored– it is all gravy from there. Or can be–with the proper contractor and the proper steps to ensure things go smoothly. But happily, for you, the next step is essentially restoring your San Antonio homes stained glass to give it new life and luster for you to enjoy. As with many home restoration projects, this will involve workers in your homes and parts of your home that are off-limits for hours to days. Below we have outlined a few suggestions for your preparations based on questions we get and advice we give to our customers about preparing for a home improvement project.
How To Prepare For A Stained Glass Restoration
Whether To Stay In The House Or Leave During A Stained Glass Restoration
We are often asked whether one should stay or leave during a restoration. And really, the answer is for the most part–stay. While stained glass restoration does involve deep cleaning and scrapping–most of the chemicals are gentle for homes and humans. In the cases when more in-depth repair work needs to be done, or harsh chemicals will be used, we will most likely be doing it offsite in our studio.
Clear The Area Around Your Stained Glass Window
Since stained glass is breakable (although, no more so than normal glass) and always runs the risk of glass pieces where they shouldn’t be– you will want the area to be completely clear so your stained glass restoration specialist can maneuver as easy as possible. Also, take the time to clear off all ledges, shelves and, especially stairs.
Protect Your Furnishings And Keep Kids And Pets Away
Make sure you to look around the area of the restoration ahead of time, move what you can out of the way and cover anything you cannot move. Although most of the cleaners we use for in-home restorations are mild–water stains are possible if things aren’t covered. Always make sure to keep kids and pets away from the work area–even gating them in separate rooms if possible. Things like ladders, buckets, dirty rags, and even loose glass are all items that could be laying around and be dangerous for children and animals–even adults too!
Most importantly, if you have any question on stained glass restoration and/or crews, make sure to ask. At Stained Glass San Antonio, we are happy to answer any questions before, during and even after we restore your San Antonio home’s stained glass. Contact us today for more information on stained glass restoration!
Stained glass has been around for centuries initially used for allowing in an abundance of light into buildings while still allowing properties to be completely closed off. Stained glass evolved into a medium for churches to showcase biblical messages and imagery to the illiterate. Both royalty and churches began using stained glass to portray meaningful images. Throughout the years, stained glass has become a renowned art style offering many different styles and designs inspired by different art movements. Modern stained glass has a very unique style of its own– exploring these modern examples can be highly appreciated by both art lovers and stained glass enthusiasts.
The History Of Stained Glass In Texas
Texas has a long and glorious history and its stained glass history is no exception. This is in large part because it is home to a myriad of beautiful places of worship. It is also is due to tot he fact that our lovely state takes great pride in historic preservation in general–stained glass notwithstanding. Churches and cathedrals both urban and rural pack our love Texas landscapes and each and every one of them has a story and poignant cultural relevance. As lovers of stained glass history and monuments here in Texas, we, at Stained Glass San Antonio have listed some of the states most lovely and historically significant churches and cathedrals.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church – Fredericksburg, TX
Built by Catholic German immigrants settled in the historic Texas town of Fredericksburg this church was constructed in 1908. It is made up of stone quarried nearby, and design by architect Leo M.J. Dielmann. This church has many large and stunning stained-glass windows installed in 1914 and is a marvel of American stained glass history.
St. Mary Catholic Church, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – High Hill, TX
Widely regarded as the ‘Queen of the Painted Churches’, the stunning stained glass in this church is both a masterpiece and a focal point. It pairs beautifully with the Gothic vaults and joints and is truly one of the most magnificent stained glass marvels of Texas. Still going strong after decades, the stained glass in this church will be treasured for many years to come.
Saint Mary Cathedral – Austin, TX
Saint Mary Cathedral in Austin is a historical landmark in large part due to the fact that the first cornerstone was laid the very same year Austin became the permanent capital of Texas. It was designed by architect and devout Catholic Nicholas Clayton with an idea to create a space that evoked beauty found in nature–which stained glass is well known for. In the splendid stained glass windows, one can almost see the reverence for God the saints held through the stories depicted as well as the many ways to love and serve.
Stained Glass San Antonio, we feel it is our duty to preserve religious stained glass both because of its symbolic value and its value pertaining to Texas’s long church history. For nearly 30 years we have repaired copious amounts of religious stained glass windows both here in Texas and across the country. We are, as most would say, country’s premier stained glass restoration experts. Contact us today with questions about your church, synagogue or mosque stained glass restoration project and to schedule an inspection of your chapel’s stained glass.
The Stained Glass San Antonio Difference
At Stained Glass in San Antonio, we just do things differently. As it were, that difference in our technique and unique approach to customer service ends up setting us apart from other stained glass studios and in fact, putting us a step ahead in quality. It is something we refer to as– “The Stained Glass San Antonio Difference”. A self-given title meaning higher standards and a definitively superior product offering for our clients here in San Antonio and across the country in other cities we operate in. Read below to understand more about this commitment to excellence and why we are the stained glass studio of choice for San Antonio.
Our Signature Custom Designs At Stained Glass In San Antonio
Here at Stained Glass San Antonio, we get immense satisfaction from our wonderfully creative designs and our ability to bring them to life. Each one is beautifully made to order each and every time. We believe that custom stained glass should be just wholly in line with our client’s vision for their home as well as with our very high standards. Furthermore, we make sure each stained glass window blends with each house in which it is installed. Our designers work tirelessly with homeowners to fully flush out their ideas and deliver the custom stained glass masterpiece they came to us looking for. Our designs are even reviewed 8-10 times throughout the process with our clients to make sure we get it right!
Our High-Quality Stained Glass Builds At Stained Glass San Antonio
Stained glass has been around significantly longer than we have at Stained Glass San Antonio. But, we have really perfected the stained glass craft in this modern era. Many of our techniques have in fact come by way of our owner who, when immigrating from Scotland, took copious, traditional stained glass knowledge with him. Things like use of dark leads, hidden solder joints, precise soldering temperatures and a unique polishing process are all age-old techniques that we employ. However, we don’t just rely on these age-old techniques. We also use the best modern techniques for planning and executing stained glass art such as Photoshop and CAD technologies.
Our Precise Installs At Stained Glass San Antonio
Installation is the key to durable, long-lasting stained glass. We have found that this is where most of the mistakes that lead to early stained glass window decay happen. At Stained Glass San Antonio we adhere to all traditional best practices for stained glass installation to ensure our stained glass windows are heirloom quality and made to last. We also have many of our own proprietary practices which we have developed in the last 30 years. Add to this our commitment to excellence in customer service and you have all the elements that make up the Stained Glass San Antonio Difference! Learn more about it in the video below.
If you are looking for the very best in stained glass windows and art in San Antonio, you truly need not look further than Stained Glass San Antonio For more information or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today and see for yourself what the Stained Glass San Antonio Difference is all about!
San Antonio homeowners are always on the search for effective privacy solutions that also promote style and sophistication. Many typical window coverings can appear tacky, unkept, and not modern– they also block natural light making your home appear unwelcoming. Beveled glass is a beautiful contemporary stained glass that adds beauty and functionality to any room in your San Antonio home. Beveled glass can compliment bathrooms, bedrooms, home offices, entryways, kitchens, hallways, family rooms, dining rooms, and any area that requires better seclusion and style.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh: His Work And Inspiration
Even if you haven’t studied any sort of art history or design you likely know about an artist named Charles Rennie Mackintosh by his signature minimalistic style. He was a prolific designer, artist, architect and furniture builder who attended the Glasgow School and was also one of the most influential figures in stained glass art of his time. Among many other accolades, he had a succinct style of furniture that set him apart from other designers of his day and even more so his one-of-a-kind signature style stained glass
Mackintosh Style Stained Glass
No one can exactly pinpoint where Mackintosh’s style came from but we do know that the 1890s were a decade of great learning and artistic expansion for him. Around this time he continued forward with his architectural training and traveled to Italy. While his style is very different than Italian works of the time, you can see a close attention to color and romantic Italian themes, like floral patterns in his work. However, one would characterize his work as that of progressively modern for his time and definitely with a spirit of romanticism. He was such an influential designer that one could call him the father of some of the most influential art deco style we see all around us on buildings and art today.
The Mackintosh Rose In Stained Glass
The most commonly known and often imitated motifs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh are his signature roses. Their minimal but beautiful form, natural curves, and rich texture sets them apart, as well as his use of bold colors against clear glass. They are definitely one of the world’s most intriguing stained glass motifs and a picture of doing more with less.
Mackintosh Style Stained Glass For Your San Antonio Home
While no artist today can live up to Mackintosh’s signature style, we at Stained Glass San Antonio, offer marvelous stained glass windows in the style of Charles Mackintosh which is simply stunning. Our work will leave you with a sense of vintage nostalgia, as you see his work come to life in your home. Truly ahead of his time, Mackintosh’s designs are easy as relevant today as they were at the turn of the 20th century and beyond and will look amazing on any home old or new.
Watch our video below to learn more about Charle Rennie Mackintosh:
Contact us today to learn more about Mackintosh style glass to beautify your San Antonio home.
Stained Glass San Antonio draws from many inspirations when it comes to our custom stained glass designs. One of our all-time favorites is Frank Lloyd Wright. Frank Lloyd Wright is known by many as the greatest American architect. His prevalent style inspired an entire art movement dedicated to simplistic, symmetric designs. Our San Antonio customers continue to ask for Frank Lloyd Wright inspired custom stained glass.
Though stained glass has been around for quite some time, the movement gained most its popularity during the Middle Ages. However, in the 19th century, stained glass saw a revival, and this also happened again in the 20th century, when the movement spread to the US. As is such, many of the stained glass windows in the United States are now reaching a point where there are starting to deteriorate, calling the need for restoration.
Stained Glass Maintenance Tips And Techniques
What most people with stained glass in their home don’t realize is — stained glass windows aren’t any weaker than other regular glass windows It is just that they are harder to manufacture, more valuable and more expensive and repair and replace, when something happens to them. Also, stained glass windows are essentially artwork, which means they need the same upkeep as a piece of art. This is why it is essential to properly care for and maintain your home’s stained glass. We have compiled a few tips below to help you care for your home’s stained glass. Because with proper maintenance, well crafted stained glass from the start could last 80-100 years before needing repair.
How To Spot Damage In Your San Antonio Home’s Stained Glass Windows
The nation’s stained glass and leaded glass nearing or already at the 100th-anniversary mark, which is right around the time-stained glass needs full restoration barring any unforeseen problems due to accidental breakage or less than perfect craftsmanship. So, in order to have the best, brightest and most beautiful stained glass in your San Antonio home, proper and timely care is essential. However, just because your glass is old, does not mean it needs restoration so– Read more…