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A little known fact about stained glass that many people just might not know is that it can look simple and plain just as easily as it can look overstated and luxurious. In addition to the many exuberant and intricately designed stained glass styles, there are just as many stained glass styles which are very simple, pleasing to the eye, and convey a straightforward approach. Many refer to these stained glass styles as simple designs and surprisingly, simple designs are extremely popular for a wide range of individuals, and are also gaining tons of momentum as the best new way to incorporate stained glass into any modern home or office. Simple stained glass designs are just that, simple designs, this means that they do not have many colors or different shades interspersed into the glass like other styles might, and they just do not include any complicated imagery whatsoever. Every aspect about simple designs are easygoing and approachable, not unnecessary and extreme. The look of a simple design is usually composed on a plain background, and then there are usually one, but sometimes two separate images within the stained glass itself. These images usually range from a single flower such as a rose or violet, a religious symbol such as a cross, a woman’s face, two buzzing bees, etc. These simple designs do not look opulent or excessive, but instead, express a fantastic design aesthetic and bring any room some much needed cheerfulness and bold appeal. Even with simple designs, the stained glass is still front and center, and bring a bold center point into any room. As it goes to show, simple stained glass designs are perfect for adults as well as children, and many are completely satisfied with the overall look these simple stained glass styles bring into any room in a home or office.
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Stained glass stepping stone walkways are the perfect way to enhance your outdoor living areas and add beauty to your surroundings. Mosaic stepping stones are not only a gorgeous addition, but also functional, leading the viewer to a specific area. One of the most important aspects of your property is the walkway that leads to the front door of your home. . There are many styles of paths, but the most beautiful is a stained glass stepping stone walkway.
Creating a mosaic stone path uses far less stones than a full walkway, while still keeping each footstep landing out of the dirt or wet grass. The stepping stones themselves may be round, hexagonal or square. In an artistically arranged garden, you can control the pace of the person using the path by setting the stones closer or farther, encouraging contemplation.
With the hexagon shaped stones we can create designs that interweave with one another. The finished walkway will appear as if it were all one design continuing from one stone to the next. Because of their shape this works fabulously with the hexagonal stones. Imagine frogs leaping from one lily pad stone to the next. Some stones could have geckos and even a turtle.
Curving pathways can easily be created with the round stepping stones. Because of their shape they lend well to the curvature of the walkway. Each design can be different or a theme set can be created. Butterflies are a beautiful choice. Some can be open-winged while others can be perched upon a flower or leaf and still others depicted in flight.
We also create larger square stones, bricks, double bricks and three sizes of round ones. Why not intermingle them to create a really interesting walkway? You are only limited by your imagination. We can design any theme in any shape to suit your tastes.
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Just like everything in life you get what you pay for. True quality and craftmanship cost more. If you want poorly made, cheap glass work in your home then it is available everywhere. Lots of home improvement centers have these poorly made, cheap glass available. These are typically made in China or Mexico using the poorest quality of glass and materials and have no craftsmanship whatsoever. These pieces are often cut randomly on a computerized water-jet cutting machine and then slammed together by people working for less than minimum wage. Would you rather have a Volkswagen or a Rolls Royce? Sure, they can both get you where you are going but a Volkswagen will always drive and sound like a Volkswagen. It lacks the polish of a Rolls. Heads turn when a Rolls is spotted. Has your head ever turned for a Volkswagen? You get what you pay for.
Building a stained glass window is quite labor intensive and requires years of practice to hone your skills, and a great understanding of the tools and medias. It also takes total dedication and passion for the work to produce a high quality panel. All my work is hand cut, hand assembled, copper foiled, and soldered. There isn’t a machine that can reproduce the fine quality of a hand-made piece of art glass. It’s actually an insult to the art itself. Louis C. Tiffany would turn over in his grave if he could see what was happening in the stained glass art world today. We cut our hands (almost daily) and are exposed to harsh chemicals and dangerous fumes. It can take weeks or even months to build a stained glass commission piece. We draw the design, find and buy the glass, chose and cut all the pattern pieces, grind the sharp edges, lead or foil every piece by hand, then solder, patina, scrub, and wax. We have to make sure all squares are true and circles are round. This isn’t what they do in China and Mexico in the sweat shops. We have spent years in fine tuning our skills, thousands of dollars on tools and even more on glass. So, you say ” Why do you do it?” Because we are a fool in love. Do you really want the sweat shop glass or would you rather have a piece that is custom-made just for YOU by an artist that has poured his heart and soul into it? You decide.
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Every year, almost everyone has to buy a present for that special person on their list that seems impossible to buy for…..you know……the one that already has everything! With Christmas upon us you say to yourself; what shall I buy?
Consider one of our many stained glass gift items. We offer a wide selection of stained glass stepping stones for you garden. Perhaps, you could start a collection of stones, each with a different family members name or grandchild’s name added to personalize their outdoor space or walkway to their favorite outdoor sitting area.
Another great idea are our pet portraits. All we need are a few good pictures of their beloved cat or dog and you can give the hard to buy for person on your list a gift that will delight them for years! If this isn’t in your budget, consider one of our clocks, suncatchers, or book-ends .These look absolutely amazing on a bookshelves or side tables. Also, you can select from one of many style panels including traditional, contemporary, southwestern or art deco/nouveau to suit their particular decor. Or perhaps, they already have some sort of collection and you want to add something great to it. Our custom designed stained glass pieces are sure to please!
Another fantastic option for an extra special gift would be custom stained glass windows inserted into cabinet door fronts. I made one for my mother-in-law for the small cabinet over her stove and years later, almost every time I talk to her she tells me how amazed her friends are when they see it. It became to focal point in her kitchen and now she has coordinated all of her linens and dinnerware to match it. So men, listen up! Give the special lady in your life a gift that truly keeps on giving……something shell never forget and something that will remind her of you each and every time she looks at it.
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A Glass Menagerie is a custom stained glass studio offering design services, full color scaled drawings, custom built stained glass windows, stained glass mosaic stepping stones, specialty pet portraits, cabinet inserts, transoms and sidelights. We can build stained glass windows for home or office in any style that fits your needs: Victorian, contemporary, floral, Art Deco, Nouveau, geometric, southwest, traditional, and nature stained glass windows to just name a few. Kitchen cabinets, media units, transoms, hanging or installed we have created all types and styles of stained glass windows here in our Savannah, GA stained glass studios. We can build any size, any shape and any color you could possible dream of.
This is just one of hundreds of windows we have created for customers across the country. The Tree of Life contains a rainbow of colored Waterglass by Spectrum.
Do you have an idea for an art glass window, need to replace an existing stained glass window or would you like a stained glass window panel to hang for some added color to any room in your home, then contact A Glass Menagerie at: email@example.com or telephone (912) 349-4077 and we will be happy to work with you on creating the perfect stained glass design.
Buying a unique piece of stained glass art can be the perfect addition to any part of your home. A fabulous stained glass window will add texture, color, and give all of your visitors something to admire. Basically, stained glass is made of pieces of glass infused with shades of almost any color you can imagine. There are thousands of colors/textures of glass from various manufacturers. Sometimes finished stained glass panels will come together and represent a scene of something recognizable like a tree, flower, or animal. Other finished works will be an array of colors that do not create anything we recognize such as an abstract.
Consider a spot in your home that could used a little decoration and purchase a stained glass design that will match that area of your home. A custom-made panel isn’t any more expensive than a pre-made panel. You may find that you prefer a stained glass artwork that is more abstract in design rather than one that has been made into something recognizable. Whatever your taste, you will enjoy having unique stained glass artwork in any part of your home.
Some folks want to know the cost of a panel right off the bat. There are a lot of things an artist has to consider prior to figuring a price quote. For one thing a design has to be drawn. It’s difficult to price out a stained glass window without knowing how many pieces are in the design and how much detail will need to be included. It’s like asking a contractor to quote building your home without giving him a set of plans. There are other factors that contribute to the final cost of a panel such as type of glass used and if bevels or jewels will be incorporated. It is a good idea for a client to have some sort of budget range ahead of time. This will be considered by the artist during the design process.
Generally, glass is available in two categories: opalescent (milky white, very opaque glass) and translucent (very transparent). Opalescent glass typically obscures objects behind the glass. It is used when depicting designs that need to be more solid such as an article of clothing or when privacy is desired. Items located behind cathedral (transparent) glass can easily be seen. The colors in cathedral glass tend to be more vivid with adequate back-lighting. Without good back-lighting such as in a cabinet, cathedral glass tends to go dark even black. Lighting has to be considered when selecting glass for a project. Natural sunlight is always preferable but not an absolute requirement.
In a design basically the smaller and more irregular the glass pieces, the more difficult the window is to fabricate. Each piece of glass is hand cut and individually wrapped with a copper foil. A quote based on providing a window with a specific number of pieces can be misleading. For example, consider two windows, each with 100 pieces of glass. The first design is predominately rectangular pieces with lots of straight lead lines and uniform borders. The second is a more irregular, figurative window with lots of curves where no two pieces of glass are the same size or shape. As you might imagine, the second window is the more costly design.
Each artist has their own formula for figuring the cost of a stained glass window. I personally prefer a combination of sq ft price plus $2-3 for each piece of cut glass. There again the pattern itself has to be considered and the degree of difficulty. Hopefully the piece will fall within your budgeted amount and you end up with a stunning piece of stained glass for your home.
Last thing to consider is this; a stained glass window will more than likely be here long after you are gone. 😉
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After watching the terrible events unfold for the last couple of days beginning at the Boston Marathon and ending with the eventual capture of the suspect holed-out in the hull of a boat I was struck by how intertwined all our lives are. Each and every one of us are connected in some form or fashion whether we like it or not. I will not venture further into that line of thought however since this piece is supposed to be about art glass.
I recently viewed a request from a lady who wanted a custom pink & white urn made to keep the ashes of her 13 yr old daughter who had recently died. Pink was her daughter’s favorite color and she wanted it in the shape of a heart. I was so moved and inspired by her story I felt absolutely compelled to design a piece of stained glass with this theme in mind.
The resulting stained glass design is a vase of pink tulips. To me the vase with the heart symbolizes the unity and foundation of family. It is the structure that ties families together. Each flower in the vase represents different branches of the family while each flower symbolizes one single family. Each petal in that flower symbolizes each individual in that family. Some flowers will have 3-4 petals (family members) while others will have 5-6 petals (family members). In my design you will see a single petal that has fallen. This represents the lost daughter.
I honestly can’t say for sure where all this came from inside me. I felt, compelled, if you will, to do something even though I am quite busy and really didn’t have time for it. Perhaps because of the emotions that were traveling throughout the country I was emotionally inspired to create. The story moved me and so now this stained glass design exists because of it.
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The title says it all. Imagine your vacation turned into a permanent piece of art glass. With the summer season approaching, people begin to think of sun, sand and sea! Take a moment on your next vacation to get some really great shots of your favorite nautical scenery. Some ideas would include lighthouses, beautiful beach scenes, seashells and of course, sea birds or other animals are always interesting. At A Glass Menagerie, we can often transpose your favorite photos into amazing, one of a kind stained glass design and fabricate them in to art pieces. We utilize a cad-based software made especially for designing stained glass that can turn your gorgeous photos into full color scaled designs. Once fabricated our stained glass panels create lasting memories that can be seen and admired by everyone. Take a look at our nautical collection of stained glass stepping stones, windows, and much more. All of our pieces are custom designed and made here in the U.S.A.
Our custom designed art pieces are an excellent way to accessorize your home in a way that looks classy as well as colorful. Nautical designs are definitely some of our best sellers as they fit in easily in almost any decor. If you happen to like cool color schemes and need a pop of red for an accent, perhaps consider a Lobster or Crab design for a tabletop that will really pop! Or, if you are an avid shell collector, we can easily transform an arched window into a tranquil beach scene which would effortlessly become a dazzling focal point of any room! Smaller stained glass accessories also help punch up color your nautical decor to create flow and harmony in your design theme. Another interesting idea would be perhaps something like North Carolinas Cape Lookout lighthouse in the background along with the wild banker ponies in the foreground. If you are fortunate enough to get a shot like this in your lifetime, consider having a custom stained glass art piece made that would surely delight your friends and family each and every time they gazed upon it!
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