Stained Glass

Leaded Stained Glass Windows

Stained glass windows are traditionally made with lead to hold the glass pieces in place. Today, lead is considered a dangerous material because of its...

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Creating Stained Glass Beauty

The art of making stained glass windows has come back into its own domain, and more people than ever before are learning that creating new...

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Recreating a Craft

It might seem to be more work than it is worth, but being able to learn how people used to create things can be a...

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Repairing Old Stained Glass Windows

Few items last forever, and stained glass windows can break. Some of them have individual panes that have broken over the years, but it is...

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Why Cathedrals Have Stained Glass Windows

There is no one person who is credited with the invention of stained glass windows. The Romans were great collectors of beauty. Around the beginning...

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Cartoons for Stained Glass Windows

When the word cartoon is used, many people think of animated movies or television shows. That is the modern usage for this word in today's...

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Interesting Pieces of Glass

Throughout the centuries, mankind has managed to perfect many forms of art. Paints today come in a variety of textures and colours. Many early paints...

Older windows made of stained glass have a great deal of texture. They are lumpy, and many of them have small air holes. This may appear to be a case of glass being made improperly. When stained glass was first made, the glass mixtures were heated in wood-fired kilns. There was very little control over the temperature, and many times it was insufficient to melt all the glass ingredients. While there are minerals, such as alumina, that reduce the heat necessary to melt glass, these were not known to artists of the time. Completely melting glass in these ancient kilns was a hit or miss procedure that produced glass with character rather than perfect plates of glass.