Modern Stained Glass
Medieval stained glass is, first of ancient, and identified by its unique use color. It is sometimes painted glass and gets its name from the medieval period in Europe which went from about the 10th century to the 16th century. Much of the stained glass during this period was made up of picture representation: saints, biblical scenes and iconography were are richly displayed. While the reason for this shift to depictions is not exactly clear, it is often thought it was due to the emerging color technology, which gave artists the ability to better use fine detail. One of the first examples of colored window glass is from 800–820 from excavations at the Abbey of San Vincenzo in Volturno, Italy. The medieval period, rich in colored stained glass, started less than 200 years later–meaning it could have been the invention of color that inspired the next 500-600 years of works.
The Colors of Medieval Stained Glass
As you now know it is the colors that set medieval stained glass apart. So, what type of color was used that so distinguishes this period of stained glass history? Quite a few actually. Impurities in the silica used to make the glass are the reason for most of the colors and this was as often a mistake or experiment as it was intentional. However, some colors were fully developed and dialed in during this span of the Medieval period.
Medieval Blue Soda Glass
One of the most gorgeous colors in Medieval stained glass is the blue soda glass. The early medieval glass was chemically soda-based. While this blue is stunning, for reasons unknown blue soda glass was quickly replaced with Forest glass. But in its short time, this use of blue was prolific. There has been blue soda stained glass found in UK excavations at Old Sarum, Winchester and even some in France.
Red and Green Medieval Stained Glass
Green and red stained glass occurred naturally in many cases because of the aforementioned impurities in the silica. However, as the medieval time progressed the colors were likely made by adding copper– in the form of ore or copper filing.
Silver Stain Medieval Stained Glass
In the early Medieval period, unique colors could be brought forth by carefully controlling the furnace conditions (heat and length of fire). What really was happening was an increase or decrease in oxidizing. But, later in the Medieval period (the 14th century) silver stain was introduced which made it possible to create a wider variety of glass hues by painting on this chemical mixture.
The Importance of Medieval Stained Glass
As you well know, Medieval stained glass windows were a very long time ago. Be that as it may, they have had a huge impact on the modern glass we see today. Primarily because this was the first era that not only introduced color into stained glass but led to the development of many of the same colors we use today. Furthermore, with the use of color, this period of time started an era of life-like representations of people, places, and things–not unlike much of what we see in stained glass today.
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If your Houston home or business has Dalle stained glass in or on it–you likely can see it is different from other types of stained glass but may not know exactly why. As it turns out, Dalle stained glass is a very unique expression of the traditional stained glass art form with some pretty significant differences. Below we compare traditional stained glass to Dalle stained glass so you can get an idea about what sets the two apart.
The Age of the Stained Glass Craft
Dalle Stained Glass: This type of stained glass was invented at the beginning of the 20th century–making it a little over 100 years old. Furthermore, we know a fair bit about how and when it was invented and many early pioneers of this stained glass method.
Traditional Stained Glass: This stained glass art form is incredibly old– in fact ancient. Some traditional stained glass was made well over 1000 years ago. However, we don’t have any information on who first made it or where.
The Thickness of Glass
Dalle Stained Glass: This type of stained glass is very thick– over 1” thick. It is produced massive blocks and then sawed or hammered into size. In fact, its name translates to “glass slab” in French.
Traditional Stained Glass: Uses a much thinner piece of glass in construction. Today’s production glass is about 1/8″ thick. It is usually made to the size of the panel in which it will sit and is thin enough to sand and cut with a glass cutter.
Type of Stained Glass Structure
Dalle Stained Glass: The pieces of glass in this type of stained glass is held in place by a thick concrete and epoxy frame. This substrate is poured onto the glass as it sits in a sand box. This means the glass and the frame are incredibly strong.
Traditional Stained Glass: Use wood frames with metal supports to hold the glass panels in place and the pieces are soldered together. While not fragile–traditional stained glass windows are not nearly as sturdy as Dalle stained glass.
The Stained Glass Restoration Process
Dalle Stained Glass: Since the concrete and epoxy framing is thick and tough to manipulate, this type of glass is very hard to repair and restore. The process involves chipping away the entire stone frame from the glass and then re-poured. This is very time consuming and expensive.
Traditional Stained Glass: Is much easier to remove and restore traditional stained glass since lead caming is soft and can be easily peeled away. Easier to do than chipping the frame off–there is a fair bit of artistry and care involved with traditional stained glass restoration.
Having natural light in your bathroom is essential. It affects your ability to see and plays a huge role in determining the overall aesthetic of the room. But in order to have an abundance of natural light, you’ve got to have large, unobstructed windows. Of course, this isn’t really ideal or practical for a bathroom because it’s the one room of your home where you really need privacy.
Bathroom stained glass windows offer Houston homeowners a solution for creating both privacy and abundant natural light. Today, designers are coming up with tons of elegant and innovative ways to use stained glass in bathroom windows. Here are a few of our favorite modern designs.
When you picture stained glass it is something you and almost everyone else associated with churches. Towering chapel windows, a brightly clad entryway depicting saints or maybe even a small parish with simple gospel iconography. But stained glass is so much more! Especially modern stained glass in Houston. There is an exciting new trend in commercial and home design here and across the country where bold, contemporary stained glass in homes is all the rage. It makes sense that stained glass would come into vogue for modern homes, given the timeless geometric patterns–common to stained glass. This type of stained glass can be as intricate or as minimal as you choose and incorporating a ton of color or very little. It truly is ubiquitous meaning the possibilities for stained glass are endless for homes today. Just look below at some of the best Pinterest images we found!
Kitchen Cabinet Stained Glass
Kitchens are where families and even guests spend most of their time. So, when it comes to designing a modern, beautiful kitchen–stained glass is the way to go! Check out the simple but stylish stained glass kitchen cupboard below. The clear glass gives it a minimalist feel and lets you see inside. While the elegant sweeping accent blocks the clutter and gives a pop of color. \ This type of look while trendy–will never go out of style.
Modern Stained Glass Dividers
For a stylish way to block off a part of your home or to create a high-fashion enclosed area in your home– stained glass, is a way to bring in some modern flare Just like the lovely room divider below– you too can create your very own abstract work of art. made from stained glass below. Geometric, abstract, minimalist patterns make these stained glass room divider modern and your home goes from ordinary to intriguing. Plus, the stained glass is semi-private. So you can create a space for a home office area or reading nook that isn’t completely closed off from the rest of your home.
Modern Stained Glass Bathroom Windows
Stained glass has always been a privacy solution for stained glass. But windows in bathrooms were usually understated– a mix of textured and beveled glass. Sometimes with a pop of color. Today’s modern stained glass could not be more different. Bold rather than busy the abstract stained glass window below is simply stunning and the perfect solution to modernize your Houston home!