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?
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.