Welcome to my blog. Let me introduce myself. My name is Benjamin. I am married to an amazing woman, Pam, and we have two daughters, Sammy and Justine. I am a visual artist who has occasionally worked with stained glass. That has given me an appreciation for other types of glass, and in this blog, I plan to write about buying glass, owning it, cleaning it repairing it and more. If you have any questions about glass, I invite you to explore this blog, and I thank you for reading. If you enjoy my posts, I invite you to share them. enjoy.
A stained glass window can make any home seem more traditional and even downright regal. A person might opt for a design that reflects their religious beliefs or just simple flowers, a sailboat, and the like. If you're thinking of adding some style to your home with a stained glass window, note a few questions you might have about the process and the product and then discuss these with a contractor, or consider creating your own artwork for installation instead.
What is the difference between a stained glass window and a stained glass insert?
An insert is a small piece that fits inside a larger window; it often looks like a miniature window itself. Having a stained glass insert created for your window might be cheaper than having a full pane of glass stained in a particular pattern, and the added frame around the insert can also give a window more visual appeal. An insert can also ensure that your stained glass pattern or design doesn't overwhelm a space. However, it might not be good for a larger room where the stained glass pattern wouldn't be seen so readily. In larger rooms, you might opt for a full glass pane that is stained rather than an insert.
Is stained glass heavier than standard window glass?
Note that a stained glass artist doesn't necessarily need to start with a thick, heavy glass for staining. If you're worried about the weight of a window, such as for a skylight, you might be able to find stained polymer, which is a type of plastic glass that is more shatter-resistant than standard glass but which looks just like standard window panes. Polymer is usually lighter than actual glass so it might be a good choice for older homes where the window frames may be weaker due to age, for use overhead, and the like.
Does the color ever wear off?
Many of the processes used to actually stain glass are typically so permanent that the color should never fade or wear off. However, this does depend on the process itself and the overall quality of work. Some very cheap forms of coloring glass may include simply adding a film over the top of the glass or painting it with glass paint. If you opt for these types of processes, the film may eventually discolor and the paint may eventually chip. For a long-lasting stain, opt for a process that includes adding pigment to glass as it's blown, fusing pigment to the surface of the glass, or an acid etching.