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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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Memorialize your Beloved Pet in a Stained Glass Pet Portrait

stained glass dog

Stained Glass Dog

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.

Stained Glass Home Bar Signs

Stained glass home bar sign

Stained glass home bar sign

For those who wish to incorporate a unique way of achieving high standards of architectural beauty, the use of stained glass windows has been existence for some time now. However, in recent times, their popularity has increased considering the high level of sophistication and intricacy these windows have. Both home and commercial bar establishments have increasingly adopted the use of hanging panels to convey messages in an appealing and tasteful manner. The demand for stained glass home bar signs has increased considering there’s so much graphic artwork that can be put into the entire design. It’s good to ensure that the design selected should reflect boldness and elegance.

The good news is that if you’re looking for glass home or commercial bar signs that will give you impressive results, you can choose from various colors and designs or have one custom made just for you. It’s important to choose a reputable professional with top notch experience who can guide you on choosing the best designs. Having a good design and color facilitates a pacifying atmosphere that creates a top notch feeling of excitement and ambience. Stained glass windows are loved by everyone, and unfortunately, some people mistakenly feel they’re costly and are therefore beyond their reach. Nothing could be further from the truth. While some intricate panels can be high priced most of the ones we do for homes are quite reasonable. If you’re fascinated with stained glass, you should contemplate at least having a quote done. One of the more popular things now is the home bar sign. I have done several of these. They can make a plain ole boring home bar pop and sizzle with excitement giving it the feel of a true commercial bar.

These stained glass window hangings are terrific considering they fully incorporate the needs of everyone in a special and memorable way. Both commercial and residential clients appreciate the importance of having hang panels considering they are a cheaper option and a smart way to relish stained glass signs in your home. If you love to be unique and experimental, you can opt for stained glass signs that come in different shapes depending on the where they will be placed.

Users looking for creativity are allowed to choose from designs such as birds, flowers, butterflies among many others to achieve stunning designs. Some of the colors that you can consider include green, gold and amber. There are so many unique ways you can use stained glass; some people interested in lighting up spaces use them as cabinet inserts to add a touch of elegance. It’s worth mentioning that stained glass signs can be given to loved ones as gifts for special occasions. In such a case, you need to research carefully and choose a style that will compliment the personality of the recipient especially if they are love tainted windows.

In recent times, a lot of people have been increasingly gaining interest in purchasing glass hanging panels because when renting a house, it makes it difficult for renters to customize and personalize homes by installing stained glass windows. Therefore, if you’re looking for a perfect recipe for style and creativity, the decision to use a stained glass home bar or commercial signs is a good idea.

To inquire about a home bar stained glass panel contact us thru AGlassMenagerie.net or call 912-349-4077

Capture the Magic of Your Home with a Fantasy Stained Glass Window

 

Dragon star stained glass panel

Dragon star stained glass

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?

 

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

Stained Glass Fantasy

Stained Glass Fantasy Window

Stained Glass Fantasy Window

I recently had the pleasure of designing and fabricating a stained glass window for a man who wanted a fantasy life scene for his wife’s anniversary gift.  Based on Beauty and the Beast, it was to have 5 panels with each depicting a story in his life.  He married his wife in a different location every year so 3 of the panels were of the places he had married her; one of a wind mill, another with dolphins and another in a hot air balloon.   The 4th panel would depict his two children standing on the beach in front of Catalina Island.  The main panel is based on the design of Beauty and the Beast dancing together.  The resulting stained glass window is pictured.   What a lovely way for a man to show his love for his wife.

If you would be interested in creating a life story window you may contact me at:  glassm2@yahoo.com or see my other designs at A Glass Menagerie

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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.

Creative Ways of Using Stained Glass

stained glass window - tree sunset

Sunset Tree Silhouette

When you think of stained glass, what do you see? We usually picture churches, cathedrals and temples with large art glass windows depicting images of religious significance. We probably imagine that warm colored light that shines through on Sundays as we sit in the pews. Stained glass is an art form that has been around for centuries; the main use being windows. However, stained glass is an art that spans much farther and wider than just windows in houses of worship. Stained glass can enhance the beauty of a home, or even a business, in windows, hanging panels, transoms, cabinet doors, stepping stones and many more architectural and interior designs.

 

Stained glass Ivy window panel

Stained glass Ivy Arched window

WINDOW PANELS

Stained glass windows are a great way to bring out the uniqueness and personality of your home. The glass itself varies in many colors, textures, and styles that will allow you a great amount of creativity in design. When the windows catch the sun, they bring out warmth and beauty making the room come alive.  Having stained glass windows is akin to having fine paintings on the walls of your home. The artistry and liveliness that shine through is unparalleled.

STEPPING STONES

Mosaic style designs used for outdoor stepping stones are an excellent way to instantly turn your patio, garden, backyard or any outdoor seating place into a gorgeous retreat. A theme can be created, giving homage to your favorite flowers, animals, country or to your family.  Stained glass stepping stones incorporate lively colors and pattern to your outdoor relaxation or recreation area.

SUNCATCHERS

Suncatchers are like floating works of art that can be placed anywhere. Hanging in a sunroom is an excellent choice to bring out the colors in the design. They can be hung in windows, on porches, placed on a mantle or a bookcase. Suncatchers are an excellent way to bring the beauty and creativity of stained glass into your home without spending a lot of money, and they make the best gifts or stocking stuffers.
These are just a few of the ideas that encompass all that is the art of stained glass. So when you think of stained glass now, you can picture your home enhanced with the color, light, beauty and artistry that it can bring in a variety of ways.

To see our styles of stained glass visit us at:  AGlassMenagerie.net

Ways of Using Stained Glass

When you think of stained glass, what do you see? We usually picture churches, cathedrals and temples with large art glass windows depicting images of religious significance. We probably imagine that warm colored light that shines through on Sundays as we sit in the pews. Stained glass is an art form that has been around for centuries; the main use being windows. However, stained glass is an art that spans much farther and wider than just windows in houses of worship. Stained glass can enhance the beauty of a home, or even a business, in windows, hanging panels, transoms, cabinet doors, stepping stones and many more architectural and interior designs.

stained glass window - Yellow Lotus

Lotus Panel

WINDOW PANELS

Stained glass windows are a great way to bring out the uniqueness and personality of your home. The glass itself varies in many colors, textures, and styles that will allow you a great amount of creativity in design. When the windows catch the sun, they bring out warmth and beauty making the room come alive.  Having stained glass windows is akin to having fine paintings on the walls of your home. The artistry and liveliness that shine through is unparalleled.

STEPPING STONES

Mosaic style designs used for outdoor stepping stones are an excellent way to instantly turn your patio, garden, backyard or any outdoor seating place into a gorgeous retreat. A theme can be created, giving homage to your favorite flowers, animals, country or to your family.  Stained glass stepping stones incorporate lively colors and pattern to your outdoor relaxation or recreation area.

SUNCATCHERS

Suncatchers are like floating works of art that can be placed anywhere. Hanging in a sunroom is an excellent choice to bring out the colors in the design. They can be hung in windows, on porches, placed on a mantle or a bookcase. Suncatchers are an excellent way to bring the beauty and creativity of stained glass into your home without spending a lot of money, and they make the best gifts or stocking stuffers.
These are just a few of the ideas that encompass all that is the art of stained glass. So when you think of stained glass now, you can picture your home enhanced with the color, light, beauty and artistry that it can bring in a variety of ways.

To see our styles of stained glass visit us at:  AGlassMenagerie.net

 

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