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Stained Glass Panels Delight

victorian stained glass panel

victorian stained glass panel

Stained glass panels are a beautiful way to add a unique touch of creativity to your home. They bring together charming art forms, color and an exclusive and captivating play of light. These panels have been used since centuries and have added a touch of beauty to many ancient buildings, but most importantly churches, chapels and cathedrals etc. These days the colored glass panels are enjoying a place of pride in many homes with an added touch of a contemporary flare. The biggest advantage of stained glass is (which is also the core reason of its popularity since centuries) its ability to add privacy without blocking natural light. Stained glass windows look stylish, colorful and their contribution to the beauty of the whole area is immense. Not to mention the breathtaking hues which are showered around due to the play of light and color brought together in fascinating designs.

Stained glass panels are formed by using colored glass which has been cut into shapes and put together in the form of a mosaic to form a beautiful picture or pattern. To provide additional strength and stability to the whole piece, metal strips are soldered together so that the glass is held in place. The glass pieces which are put together are colored during the manufacturing process by addition of salts which impart different colors. This glass is then made into flat sheets which can then be cut using special glass cutters and pieced together as per the design. Many intricate patterns, designs and pictures can be created out of stained glass. In the churches etc they basically depict scenes from bible, in the modern homes they can be portraying beautiful flowers, trees, animals or appealing colorful geometric patterns.

Stained glass panels are most famously used for adorning the windows of modern day houses. However that is just one of its many uses. They also work great as sky light panels. The beauty of light filtering through the stained glass is absolutely exquisite. You can enhance the effect all the more by having “up lighting” to brighten them in the dark. They also work very well as a room divider screens. The kaleidoscope of colors that it offers will take the whole look and feel of your home to the next level. Have the stained glass panels installed near the entrance door and see how the hallway brightens with the natural light filtering through. You can also try the same for bathroom windows. Louis Tiffany gave an all new dimension to this art work when he designed lamps with stained glass. These are still in vogue and continue to reign as the symbol of style and artistic excellence. The Tiffany lamps are mostly made with opaque or milky glass. Some stained glass panels are made from textured glass too. It could be simply opaque or with a pebbly surface. Sometimes mirrors are also used for the same.

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Southwest Stained Glass

Southwest Chili Peppers stained glass

Southwest Chili Peppers stained glass

Evoking a relaxed and stress-free approach, southwest stained glass styles are both extremely ambient and very peaceful. Each southwest stained glass style is great for giving off the feeling of actually being right in the midst of the southwest. With rolling winds, green-hued cactus, big desert plains as far as the eyes can see, as well as sunny blue skies, southwest stained glass is really a beautiful way to showcase an appreciation for nature and for the southwest as a whole. Many people love to incorporate southwest stained glass styles in their home because southwest stained glass looks great when coordinated with a wide range of different furnishings. The best furnishings to pair with southwest stained glass are understated, simplistic, made from natural materials, and that give off a fuss-free overall approach. Especially for homes in remote locations, or even homes located in the desert, southwest stained glass is especially popular.

In addition to cactus plants, desert plains, and sunny blue skies, southwest stained glass can and does sometimes include animals that traditionally live in the southwest such as coyotes and lizards, imagery of American Indians in traditional garb, cowboys on horses, as well as birds, stars, religious crosses, and amazingly beautiful sunsets. Southwest stained glass looks great in any room in a home or even office. This specific type of stained glass does not only look great as a replacement for traditional windows, but also looks great when displayed as a wall hanging, or when placed on a shelf or above a fireplace. But, always remember, southwest stained glass looks best when used in conjunction with some type of light shining through uncovering beautiful shapes, images, and colors. Either with the sunlight or even the light of a fire from a crackling fireplace, southwest stained glass never misses a beat and always conveys an incredible expression of warmth and love.

To see some beautiful Southwest stained glass designs visit our main site:  A Glass Menagerie.  We can modify any stained glass design to fit any shape/size or create a custom design just for you.

Contemporary Stained Glass

Contemporary Geometric Panel

Contemporary Geometric Panel

As of late, many individuals are really starting to appreciate the extreme value in adorning their home or office with a contemporary and modern decorating style. This contemporary and modern decorating style includes fresh and modern types of furnishings, up to date wall coverings, and even, contemporary styles of stained glass! Contemporary stained glass is quickly becoming a very unique and distinctive replacement to a plain window, of any size, in any room in a home or office. The reality is that the reason why some might shy away from stained glass windows in their home or office is because many stained glass styles tend to appear specifically traditional or too elegant for a modern-looking home. But, this is not the case with contemporary stained glass styles. The look of contemporary stained glass is extremely new, understated, versatile, and particularly low-key.  And, now more than ever, many homeowners are choosing to incorporate contemporary stained glass into their abode, and this is because contemporary stained glass gives off the appearance of simplicity, but also evokes a sense of straightforward luxury.

As a whole, contemporary stained glass is full of abstract shapes, a wide variety of bold colors, and streamlined design aesthetics. Each contemporary stained glass design also gives off bold, eye-catching artistic elements that actually looks great in all types of homes, no matter the size, shape, or location. Even small apartments and mid-sized condominiums look great with the addition of several contemporary stained glass windows. The best decor styles to pair with contemporary stained glass windows are up-to-the-minute couches, tables, chairs, and wall coverings in neutral colors and shades. Brushed metal and glass tables and lamps also look great when coordinated with contemporary stained glass. As it goes to show, no matter what is paired with contemporary stained glass, it always look modern and gives off a present appeal!

To see more designs visit our site:  A Glass Menagerie or Email:  glassm2@yahoo.com

Victorian – Stained Glass Window Panels

Victorian Stained Glass Panel

Victorian Stained Glass Panel

If you are looking to transform the entire look of your home or office in the most beautiful way possible, then look into incorporating a few Victorian stained glass windows into your overall decor. The reality is that Victorian stained glass windows are gaining momentum as a great way to decorate any room in a home! Create a look that is both elegant and sophisticated and convey a sense of opulence and magnificence with Victorian stained glass windows, while also suggesting a traditional and time-honored approach. Many people are choosing to decorate their homes and offices with Victorian stained glass windows because they coordinate with a wide variety of different decor styles such as modern, traditional, and everything in between. They truly bring a regal approach into whatever room they are placed within, and they are definitely eye-catching with their bright colors, intricate and artistic design, as well as stylistic elements.

The usual look of Victorian style stained glass windows are that they are typically adorned with floral designs in brilliant colors and shades against a plain background with various lines running through. They can also include intricately designed vines and leaves creating a natural look that is reminiscent of nature and the scenic world outside. Each Victorian style stained glass window created is unique and distinctive, and the designs and colors used can range from a wide variety including green, red, orange, yellow, black, white, pink, purple, blue, turquoise, maroon, etc. With streamlined designs and shapes that are pleasing to the eye, Victorian stained glass windows look great in any room in a home, especially in a hallway, along a staircase, in the bathroom, or even at the top of an engraved front door. With just the right amount of light that shines through, Victorian stained glass windows offer the perfect amount of privacy, while also letting in a small fragment of the outside world in.

To see more Victorian designs check out our Victorian page.  If you would like a design customized just for you please contact Pam at A Glass Menagerie:  glassm2@yahoo.com or call 912-349-4077.

 

Archers Dream Stained Glass Window

Stained Glass Archery Panel

Stained Glass Archery Panel

This is my latest stained glass window project made for a family of archers.  It is slated to be used in a large kitchen cabinet.  The panel incorporates a variety of glass including the highly textured Armstrong glass of the quiver.  Both son’s of the parents shoot competitively and were quite impressed by this piece stating that the quiver looks very realistic.  Below  is a close up of the quiver glass.

 

 

To inquire about this and other designs customized for your own home visit:  AGlassMenagerie.net  This archery piece is locate on the Unique stained glass panel page.

 

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Stained Glass for the Home

Stained Glass Arched Window

Stained Glass Arched Window – Twining Ivy

Stained glass has been a part of history for at least a thousand years. It is created when metallic salts are added to glass, and those colored pieces of glass are arranged to form pictures. Color can also be added to glass by being painted on in various colors and then fused into the glass with a kiln. High quality stained glass is held together using the copper foil method made popular by the makers of Tiffany lamps. Copper foil is superior to lead because copper foil is stronger than lead, so the stained glass lasts longer. It also allows for more intricate designs.

Stained Glass and Life
Stained glass windows used to be most commonly seen in churches or other prestigious buildings, but now you can have stained glass in your own home. Stained glass fixtures are a great option for a custom built home, or an attractive modification to your existing home. Stained glass windows, stained glass cabinet door inserts or stained glass transoms for your front or back door provide a touch of elegance and grace that make family and visitors feel at ease. There is nothing more peaceful than admiring the beauty and craftsmanship of a stained glass window. Watching the way the sunlight filters through transoms, especially right before sunset, inspires a feeling of warmth and comfort. Keep your most prized keepsakes behind the gorgeous stained glass cabinet door inserts of your home cabinet. Including upscale stained glass attributes for your home will not only increase your present and future enjoyment of your home, but also increase the property value if you sell your home.

Stained Glass Styles
Some popular styles for stained glass windows, cabinet door inserts and transoms are Art Deco, Victorian, and Contemporary Geometric. Many people enjoy stained glass pictures of nature scenes, flowers, animals (especially portraits of their pets), or fantasy figures like mermaids and dragons. The stunning variety of colors available to incorporate into stained glass windows allows you to portray a classic or more modern style in your home, according to your own taste.

The Beauty of Stained Glass
The happiest people in life surround themselves with beauty and images that inspire them. Thoughtfully chosen or custom designed stained glass windows, cabinet door inserts, and transoms in your home will surround you with beauty every day, helping you to always be at your best.

To see more designs and have one custom made for you check out:  Stained Glass Windows by A Glass Menagerie.

Stained Glass Kitchen Windows – A Feasible Option

Art Deco-Stained Glass Panel

Art Deco-Stained Glass Panel

When exploring kitchen window styles, take into account that stained glass kitchen windows add an extraordinary and artistic flare to your kitchen.  Individual pieces of colored glass is joined together with solder and can be created in any size or design.  Stained glass can be formed to fit any kitchen window shape.

Having stained glass installed in the kitchen can provide a great design opportunity.  It not only looks stunning, it can also provide the privacy if desired while letting in daylight. Furthermore, in a beautiful sunny day, the color scheme of the kitchen will be enhanced by the natural colors created by stained glass.

Stained glass can be customized to fit your current window frame, or a hanging panel can be created.  Cabinet door inserts are always a winning choice.  I have one customer that changes her cabinet inserts with the seasons.   Hot designs right now include Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Frank Lloyd Wright, anything geometrical and other classic motifs. Floral and specialty bevels are also popular patterns used for stained glass.

One of the more functionally desirable locations for stained glass would be the windows located above the kitchen sink which may overlook an undesirable view or a neighboring house. Adding stained glass will allow natural light while blocking an unattractive view.

Stained glass sun catchers offer options for a smaller budget which add warmth and color to any kitchen window. Commissioning a custom piece for an upscale look  is easier than you might think.  It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.  Simple patterns can be less costly to produce and will provide a beautiful elegance.  We provide our customers with a full color scaled drawing of your chosen design.  Other design elements can be added or removed quite easily.  We work with our clients until the design is exactly what they envision.

If custom is for you, contact us for a quote.  We specialize in kitchen window design, as well as other rooms by incorporating art-glass for a personalized, custom-made product. Adding stained glass to your kitchen will reflect your style and increase the value of your kitchen.

Visit our site directly to see more kitchen possibilities:  AGlassMenagerie.net/cabinets.html

Email me:  glassm2@yahoo.com

 

 

Improve your Home’s Resale Value with Stained Glass Windows

Traditional style stained glass transom window

Traditional style stained glass transom window

What was once just another plain ole window opening can now be a breathtaking work of art.  Smart homeowners today are replacing ordinary windows with museum-quality artwork made of  stained glass… art glass that is jaw-dropping to look at as the light that passes through them changes throughout the day.

Custom stained glass windows are not only gorgeous additions to a home, but serve to increase the resale value of your home especially when you put it on the market.   Prospective home buyers will look at many homes before making their decision.  Their conversation may go something like this “Honey, I really like the house with the beautiful stained glass windows”.   Imagine those windows being a contributing factor in selling your home!  It can and does happen.  So many homes I have personally looked at over the years seem to be somewhat similar to one another.  Everyone of them has beige and white and possibly a red wall.  Gets a bit tiresome.  Same ole, same ole.  I once had a Realtor say to me “I am so sick of every single house I show nowadays has a red wall in it somewhere.”  She wanted to see something different.  It like clones of one another just in another configuration.  Break out of that mold and make your house irresistible with stained glass. Imagine the impact a stunning stained glass window can make to a potential buyer.  Do you really want your house to look like all the rest?  Your home would stand out among the crowd with unique glass doors filled with a gorgeous stained glass design.

If you already have stained glass installed in your home it could be uninstalled and taken with you to your new home but it is not advisable.  It’s best to keep the stained glass in your home to help boost the home’s resale value.  Stained glass entryways, sidelights, and transoms make a huge first impression on potential home buyers turning a standard entryway into a stunning show piece.  Stained glass kitchen cabinets, pantry doors, or kitchen windows are the kinds of little details that make a home outstanding.  Custom stained glass in bathrooms makes them feel like a luxurious, private get away.  Imagine sitting in your tub surrounded by an exotic jungle scene filled with flowers, plants and perhaps a parrot or toucan.  Your private little oasis.

Do yourself and your home value a favor by investing in a custom stained glass panel.  For more information please contact us at:
A Glass Menagerie via phone (912-349-4077) or Email: glassm2@yahoo.com.

Reinvented Southwestern Style Kitchen

Southwest stained glass cabinet panel

Southwest stained glass cabinet panel

One of my recent customers has decided to reinvent her kitchen to a southwestern style and wanted to include one of my Southwestern style cabinet inserts.  She had chosen her color scheme of  chili pepper red, blue and green.  She had already purchased some televera handles for the cupboard doors.  The handles were framed in blue which would add spots of color through out the kitchen.  After looking through our stained glass designs she chose a wonderful style from our stained glass panel section that would really make the whole kitchen pop.  I had to add elements of design to accommodate the length she needed.  Additionally she chose some light fixtures that were also glass.  I matched the glass to these.

Although I envy the idea of a new kitchen I can also empathize with the strains and struggles of trying to get things done on time.   Has anyone ever gotten any kind of construction work done on time?  That is just a fallacy is it not?  She waited as we all do.   The kitchen was gutted and she was working with a crock pot and microwave in the sunroom.  Kind of a hassle, but I think it is worth it for a brand new kitchen.

The tile floors go in one week and the cabinets the following week.   After a few minor setbacks, everything is moving forward (appliances and lights installed).  The backsplash tile came in the wrong color, so the contractor had to get the right tile shipped overnight.  Whew. Glad it wasn’t me.

I fabricated the window and shipped it.  The client was very pleased.  Below is an excerpt from her Email to me:

“The panel arrived yesterday afternoon and it is beautiful! The colors are perfect. We absolutely love it. It matches the lights so well that I’m sure people will think they came as a set. Your workmanship is impeccable. Terry is already thinking about other projects.
I don’t remember if I told you that the woman at the kitchen design center asked me for your website, which I did pass on to her.
Thanks so much for your excellent work (I wish I had such talent!).”

Here is her finished kitchen!  Gorgeous!

southwest kitchen

Southwest Kitchen

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