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Custom Stained Glass Project: St. Edward’s Church

On 08, Sep 2022 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Religious & Church Stained Glass | By Martin Faith

We’re excited to announce the completion of our most recent custom church stained glass project for St. Edward’s. This Pennsylvania-based church was interested in creating a proper memorial piece for their recently passed pastor. They decided to replace the big window in their church that overlooked the main intersection so they could also conceal the street view during service. After contacting many studios a couple years ago, they decided to go with our studio for this project.

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Re-Leading Church Stained Glass in San Antonio

On 26, Feb 2022 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Religious & Church Stained Glass | By Martin Faith

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.

Stained Glass Restoration in Tulsa for the Vernon A.M.E. Church

Part of our mission here at Stained Glass San Antonio is to preserve the ancient art form that we hold so dear to our hearts. Our company’s roots reach back to Glasgow, Scotland, the stained glass capital of the world. Our owner, Martin, is from Glasgow and has his very own collection of antique stained glass. Stained glass windows are becoming increasingly rare, and we see their preservation as a matter of upmost important.

That’s why when we get the opportunity to work on a restoration project for particularly old or historic stained glass windows, it’s very exciting to us. Just recently, such an opportunity came our way when the members of the historic Vernon A.M.E. Church in Tulsa asked us to be part of the restoration of their antique stained glass windows.

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FAQs for San Antonio Churches About Stained Glass Restoration

Our country is at an age where many of its original churches and cathedrals are beginning to degrade due to the passage of time. These buildings need proper restoration through the interior and exterior in order to remain structurally sound and safe. Read more…

Why Do So Many Churches Have Stained Glass Windows?

On 23, Aug 2019 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Religious & Church Stained Glass | By Martin Faith

Today, stained glass windows can be found in all types of places. Modern technology has allowed us to create more elaborate and complex works than ever before, including domed ceilings, murals, and even 3D sculptures. Leaded glass windows are also a prized possession in many homes, serving a practical purpose of creating privacy as well as an aesthetic one.

But long before they made their way into our homes, libraries, and museums, stained glass windows were an essential part of religious architecture. Sainte-Chapelle, Notre Dame de Paris, Chartres Cathedral, the Thanksgiving Chapel- one only has to be reminded of just a few examples to affirm that the most memorable and prodigious works are found within the confines of church and cathedral walls. And they’re also the oldest.

But how ever did this noble tradition get started in the first place? After all, why do so many churches have stained glass windows? We asked our experts and this is what they told us.

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From Broken To Beautiful – How We Can Help Restore San Antonio Church Stained Glass

On 25, Jul 2019 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Religious & Church Stained Glass | By Martin Faith

Your San Antonio churches stained glass is likely very valuable to your parish.  Not only because vintage stained glass can be worth a fair amount of money depending on age, quality, and artist who created it.  But also because this glass has been in your church through generations of worshippers. The stained glass in your chapel, synagogue or mosque has seen countless baptisms, funerals, and weddings.  Meaning, it has been as much a part of your church as your members have been. It is for this reason, that restoring stained glass is so very critical. Here at Stained Glass San Antonio, it is our job to help you get on with restoring your stained glass and hopefully, breathing new life and love into your congregation. 

Our Restoration Process 

  1. The Consultation: Here at Stained Glass San Antonio, we always start our stained glass restoration process with a free consultation. This helps ensure we understand your goals as well as your glass.  We are experts at navigating internal church processes. Meaning we are as comfortable talking to a church elder as we are working with a congregation committee. We will evaluate your glass from top to bottom, making sure we have a deep understanding of any and all issues.
  2. The Estimate:  Since we start with such a meticulous review of your San Antonio church’s stained glass windows, we can give precision estimates of cost and scope to our clients.  We will include everything you need to know about what is going to happen and when. When we present the estimate, we will also be happy to review any ideas we have from our past experience about how your church can fundraise for the job.  We have worked with countless churches to help get them the funding ideas they need to get the stained glass restoration they need.
  3. The Restoration: A stained glass restoration starts with us painstakingly removing the entirety of your chapel’s affected glass.  We then transport it to our studio where our artists begin their work. This work entails all or many of the following:
  • Removing the old leading
  • Soaking each piece of glass to clean them
  • Making new pieces of glass to replace broken ones
  • Repainting tarnished or faded painted stained glass pieces
  • Re-leading each piece of glass
  • Repairing frames and other structural elements

Once this is done, we return lively and lustrous new stained glass windows to your church and re-install them.  The new life you will see in your restored windows is amazing and well worth the work (on your end and ours) to make them shine again.

For more information and to schedule a consultation for stained glass restoration on your San Antonio church, contact us at San Antonio Stained Glass today!

 

Amidst Destruction The Rose Window Stands As Hope For A New Notre Dame

On 17, Apr 2019 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Religious & Church Stained Glass | By Martin Faith

The Rose Stained Glass Windows Of Notre Dame

As the entire world watched in sadness, the Notre Dame Cathedral burned this week and many common thoughts raced through our minds: the safety of anyone inside, the host of historical relics, artworks, and unparalleled architectural structures that we thought for sure were engulfed in flames or very close to it.  For us here at Stained Glass San Antonio, our minds immediately went to the Rose Window and as we looked at the images of the burning spire quickly sinking into that fiery blur, our hearts too sunk, assuming it was lost to time and fire. You see, we are more than just stained glass restoration experts here at Stained Glass San Antonio but also avid stained glass appreciates.  And, truly, there is almost no other stained glass window in the world that encompasses the affection we have for stained glass as a beloved artform than–the Rose Window Of Notre Dame.

The History Of The Rose Window Of Notre Dame

This amazing window was constructed in the 13th century during the Gothic period but is easily still relevant to today’s distant world.  Whether because of the perfect blend of bold colors (which never go out of style) or the prism-like pattern in which each demure panel is positioned, this window could as just as easily pass for modern as it does for Gothic–a dichotomy that is part of its attraction.  However, the Rose Window of Notre Dame was built for threats just like we witnessed this week– by distributing weight equally across a perforated stone wall of traversing apertures–this window is as tough as it is striking. The unique and stalwart structural style also happens to lend itself to making the Rose Window appear much more delicate and fragile than it actually is.  As we have written about many times before in our blog–stained glass is, contrary to popular belief, very durable, something we remember each restoration we do and still have yet to fully appreciate ourselves. The Rose Window of Notre Dame–is no exception.

“Although the wooden roof is gone, the vaulted stone ceiling below and the iconic rose windows have been saved, the latter at least surviving in “good shape,” Lt. Col. Gabriel Plus

Knowing the Rose window was built tough and beautiful, is why we have such high hopes still for the Rose Window.  While not completely out of the woods yet because of the failing structures surrounding it, our hope that this window will prevail–as it has over the last 700 years: through wars, invasions, plagues, riots, occupations–never failing, always the same.  If history offers any hints of the fate of this iconic stained glass window, we know for sure it will endure. True it will be in need of a massive restoration but one full of hope that this piece of religious art will stay intact for scores of generations who have yet to enjoy looking up at a piece of stained glass that represents the human spirit in us all– something that has seen the world change but somehow remains the same.

For inquiries on a of your own, contact us at Stained Glass San Antonio today.  We serve all of Texas and numerous other regions across the US and would love to work your church or home stained glass restoration project.

Stained Glass Repair Solutions for Historic Churches in San Antonio

On 13, Mar 2019 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Religious & Church Stained Glass | By Martin Faith

Church Stained Glass Repair In San Antonio

San Antonio is a great city and one of the oldest and most historic in the United States. The Alamo stands as a testament to Texas’s fight for independence from Mexico and the many cathedrals and churches in San Antonio stand as a testament to man’s unwavering faith throughout the centuries.The Gothic and Colonial architecture of these structures is awe-inspiring, especially the many stained glass windows that depict Biblical scenes. Stained glass is an art form that takes just as much attention as any other – and now that some of these stained glass masterpieces are hitting 100 years of age and beyond, many San Antonio churches find themselves searching for church stained glass repair solutions.

Church Stained Glass Repair

After many years of withstanding the elements, church stained glass can start to look dirty or dull, crack, chip, bend, and break. When it is time to repair your San Antonio church stained glass, call the experts Stained Glass San Antonio. We have an award-winning system for restoring and repairing even the worst damage.

 

  1. Consultation – The first step is a free on-site consultation to assess the damage. We take our time to determine what needs to be done.
  2. Shipment to the studio – In most cases, the stained glass section to be repaired will be painstakingly disassembled and transported to our master studio.
  3. Custom ordering/glass matching – The next step will be for our expert glass restorers to do what they do best. They will order or blend custom glass to match the original glass perfectly.
  4. Cleaning – The glass is then cleaned with a special solution that dissolves old caked on dirt and glue and reveals the original luster and shine of the glass.
  5. Reassembly – After the stained glass has been thoroughly repaired and cleaned, we put it back in place with brand new lead strips that match the antique look of the originals but have extra reinforcement.

The San Antonio Church Stained Glass Repair Experts

At Stained Glass San Antonio, we understand how significant and cherished the stained glass in your church is to your and your parishioners. We do not take its restoration and repair lightly – in fact, we are proud to be one of the most trusted and preferred church stained glass repair companies in San Antonio and the country. Contact us today for your free consultation.

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The Ultimate Bucket List for Stained Glass Lovers

On 07, Nov 2018 | No Comments | In Religious & Church Stained Glass | By Martin Faith

There are few art forms more stunning than stained glass. For centuries, stained glass has found its place in churches, homes, and buildings across the world. Not only is stained glass beautiful to look at, but it’s also an important part of art history and many cultures.

Below, we’ve outlined some of the best place to visit to see stunning examples of stained glass. If you’re a stained glass lover, these destinations are an absolute necessity for your travel bucket list.

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Texas Churches That Stained Glass Enthusiasts will Love

On 04, Oct 2018 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Religious & Church Stained Glass | By Martin Faith

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.