A photograph encompasses much more than the mere image of the subject. It tells a story of the day, of the life of the pet, and the impact that it had on the owner. Thanks to the shortened life span of most animals, in just a short while that is all most people have of their cherished companions. The sad thing about these pet portraits is that they may be become damaged with time, and fade with the seasons.
Thankfully, there are alternatives available. Custom mosaics can bring longevity to the memory of the cherished companion and act as a stepping-stone to pleasant memories of days gone by. Here is how stained glass windows can help an owner honor the memory of his favorite four legged companions.
Make the memorial a part of the home
Decorations add character and style to any house, and something custom made (with a picture of the pet as a guide) will stand out in any home. A simple photograph can become misplaced, and fades with time. A stained glass window will last as long as you wish.
Beyond the memorial, it can lead to conversations with guests and loved ones. A window can serve as a starting point, introducing your beloved companion to others.
Bring life to a room
A pet brings light into any room he wanders in. It is common for a dog to stimulate smiles from children, and bring visitors closer to hosts. They are a source of comfort, and help turn a house into a home. When regular, white, light hits these stained glass panels, the tinted panes sparkle with the color of the rainbow. Much like the honored pet, these windows will bring a sense of character to the room it resides in, helping turn a dwelling into a home.
Visit A Glass Menagerie’s Pet Portrait page to see many of the pet portraits we have done or contact us to have a custom design of your dog done.
Most people associate stained glass windows with churches, but did you know it can also be installed in your home? More and more people realize the value of having stained glass panels installed in doors or windows, bearing simple designs inspired by fantasy.
The creation of stained glass is a form of art that can be traced back for centuries, and it is believed that it originated in Egypt. A stained glass window is, in fact, only a painting created by means of cut glass, light and a sturdy metal frame.
A short history on stained glass panels
The first stained glass art can be traced back to the twelfth century and a man by the name of Theophilus, a monk. He wrote a book about the designing and crafting of stained glass panels, and this indicates that even in such an early age, the fascination of stained glass and its uses had captured the attention of many people, and with good reason.
In the fifteenth century, instead of using stained glass to create panels, artists began to paint on glass. This was mainly because it allowed them the freedom to add more detail to their work, but it nevertheless eliminated the magic offered by stained glass windows.
Enter the nineteenth century, when a sudden interest arose in the traditional making of stained glass items. Pioneers such as Alfred Bell and William Morris actively set about the task to rediscover the techniques involved in the creation of stained glass and by doing so, paved the way for this form of art to enter the twentieth century as modern additions to homes and public buildings alike.
Introducing fantasy stained glass panels
The modern improvement of general glassmaking and different tastes of individuals when choosing stained glass make it possible to incorporate fantasy symbols in our stained glass works of art. Simple designs such as dragons and fairies are very popular, as it makes a bold statement without too much fuss.
Our stained glass expertise doesn’t stop there. We also create fantasy stained glass mosaic stepping stones, which can be used throughout many a garden. We can think of no better place to set your fantasy creatures “free”.
Capture your childhood fantasy in stained glass panels
Whether it is mermaids or castles, we have the expertise to create your fantasy ideas in stained glass. We work in accordance with your specifications; therefore, we can create your masterpiece in any size and fit it professionally.
No one is too old for a fantasy, and besides, a fine piece of art is always a good investment. Why not capture yours in stained glass?
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.
To see my work and inquire about having a custom piece done just for you visit: AGlassMenagerie.net