Stained Glass Dallas
There’s no denying the appeal of a home with large surrounding windows that fill the interior with sun and fresh air. Everyone likes natural light. It makes a tremendous difference in the ambiance of the room and can also save money because it reduces your reliance on overhead fan and ceiling lights. But when it comes to your privacy, those big, sunny windows are less than ideal. Read more…
Stained glass is actually very durable but like any art form or architectural feature–at some point, it needs to be repaired or restored. The restoration process is actually easier than you may think and affordable as well. Typically, vintage stained glass needs restoration about every 80 years but definitely could need it sooner depending on it’s exposure to elements. There are many practical reasons to get your Dallas church’s stained glass restored–find out some of them below.
What Restoration Means For Your Dallas Church
Restoring Stained Glass Adds Value: As your church’s stained glass gets older it starts to accrue cracks, nicks, and blemishes. Another sign of stained glass aging is when the lead starts to become brittle and fall out. These types of damages greatly reduce the value from antiquity the glass may have gained. In order to keep the glass from total failure and preserve its value, it must be restored.
Restoring Stained Glass Improves Aesthetics: As stained glass ages, it looks faded and dull. But, actually, the issue is the build of environmental pollutants man-made and natural. Oftentimes pieces start to pull away from the leading, fall out altogether, or or the window starts to sage. None of these conditions are very attractive. The solution? Have your church’s stained glass restored to its former state of beauty!
Restoring Stained Glass Preserves History: When stained glass reaches an age where restoration is needed it is usually old and may even be considered an antique. This means it is an art piece from a bygone era and almost always worthy of preservation. Stained glass windows in Dallas churches older than 80 years old has been around to witness a tone of church history. Events like marriages, funerals, baptisms have all taken place beneath these beauties. By restoring your church’s stained glass window, you preserve a tiny piece of your church’s past that would otherwise be gone altogether.
For more information on church stained glass window restoration, contact us at Stained Glass Dallas today!
Here at Stained Glass Dallas, we love the fact that we are a sister company to one of the most proficient stained glass studios in the country–Scottish Stained Glass. This allows us to take part in some pretty outstanding stained glass creations and installations. Each one presents challenges but they are also equally fulfilling. Because we get to transform more than just windows but, in many cases, lives too. Our most recent large installation at St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church located in Wray, CO is a great example of this.
The Scope of Our Custom Stained Glass Project
Although Wray is a small town–this stained glass installation was a big one. It took place in a church that was built about 30 years ago–so fairly new compared to the usual churches we work on. This church in particular did not have stained glass windows in the sanctuary. The congregation felt like stained glass artwork would really make their place of worship feel more like a house of God. They reached out to us with an idea to install five original large stained glass windows on the east side. We were happy to oblige since this type of custom work is right up our alley.
Customizing Stained Glass to Be Historically Accurate and Beautiful
As mentioned the church congregation wanted five window panels–in a depiction of the five Luminous Mysteries (baptism, wedding, proclamation, transfiguration, and last supper). We decided to create custom artwork and use stained glass painting as a technique. This is because we have such an amazing painted glass specialist Maria–and knew it would work well for depicting faces. To get a more realistic look we used actual models to get the exact poses.
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 results of our painted, five-panel stained glass project in St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church were–stunning. We used mostly black and brown paint but some color pulled from the glass background. We used natural sunlight to create depth in objects like the faces, hands, fauna, and flora. The result was an amazing three-dimensional look–authentic and lovely. The members of the congregation who watched (socially distanced) were so happy with our work. One member even said “Now we have a church”. It is this affirmation and the pride in a job well done that makes us love 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 Dallas today!
Beautiful custom Stained Glass for your Dallas, Texas Home
Dallas resident's take great pride in keeping their homes looking beautiful. Stained glass from Scottish Stained Glass is a great accent which can easily and affordably add a stunning touch to sidelights, entryways, bathrooms, transoms, kitchens, and even bedrooms or basements. Having served clients throughout the United States for more than 20 years, we are experienced with building and restoring the types of stained glass which look beautiful in Dallas homes. Whether you need stained glass to match your home's historic character, want to develop a custom design to compliment your interior scheme, or merely would like to add some funtional glass that will ensure the privacy of your entryway or bathroom, you've come to the right company. Our experienced designers will come to your Dallas/Fort Worth home or office and meet with you face to face. We will take measurements, develop and undersatnding of your project's context, and hear and design ideas which you may have developed. Then we will sketch some prelimiary ideas with you, and show you sampeles of the glass textures and colors we use. Finally we can use computer programs to provide you renderings of what the final product will look like. This time tested process is why Scottish Stained Glass is today the nation's largest and most respected stained glass studio of its kind. We look forward to the opportunity to earn your business! Please contact us today!