Stained Glass in Your Home
Posted Jan 03rd 2014 | By:
We normally think of stained glass windows as something reserved for churches and cathedrals, but they can add a touch of class and refinement to various parts of your house. For instance, if you have an old or cracked window in your basement, a custom window will add some luminosity throughout the day. If you have arched windows in your living room, consider a stained glass piece at the top arch, or a small window piece in your bathroom. Another thing you can do is hang a stained glass painting somewhere in your home, perhaps one with lights for a glowing effect. There are many other ideas, but if you never considered stained glass before, here's where to look.
Where to Buy Stained Glass
There are a number of specialty shops that sell stained glass, and some may do custom fitting. And if you don't mind getting your stained glass from the Web, there are also specialty websites that will do custom work for windows lamps, paintings, etc. There is always a risk, however, in the glass being broken when shipping through the mail. Try Etsy and Ebay for the best deals. You can find a cozy, mom-and-pop store that works on stained glass, but the Internet is the best place where you can find the most beautiful and creative stained glass you'll ever come across.
Whether buying from the internet or a local store, you can also send in measurements to a particular company to have them create something specifically for your window alone. You can also submit any artwork ideas: designs, initials or prints, but you may not have to brew something from the imagination, since there are a number of original pieces that you'll want to have in your home. Check out the following pieces from a stained glass company here. If you plan to stay in your home for a long while, you can imagine a piece that will brilliantly complement your abode.
Install Stained Glass
When it comes to installing stained glass, you'll actually be placing stained glass panels onto the window. It is not a hard process, but it takes delicacy. There are multiple ways of installing stained glass, and it depends on whether or not you want to keep the original window in place. But let's say we are placing a stained glass panel in a top-arch window using caulk alone. Before installing the stained glass, clean the window. You would fit in your panel into place and make sure the gaps are even from top to bottom. Gaps are perfectly normal if the measurements aren't as accurate, but there is a way around this. The gaps will be the place where you will apply caulk, but if you have spot-on measurements, you don't have to worry about this as much. Set a small piece of cardboard under the glass to lift it up. If the gaps prove to be uneven, fold the piece of card board for a higher lift.
Once the gaps are even from top to bottom, carefully apply your caulk around the edges of the frame. Leave in the cardboard since you'll be coming back later to fill in the gaps. This is where you need to be most careful, since you don't want the caulk getting in front of the glass pane itself, causing it to look messy. Once the caulking is finished, trace along the edge with a moist finger to remove any wet caulk. You can use a cloth or toilet paper to rub away leftover caulk. When it dries, come back with a scrapper and carefully remove any dried caulk. And finally, remove the cardboard and reapply the caulk. From the outside, you'll see the caulk line between the window and the frame, but it should be a neat line that complements the edge of the glass. Here is another video outlining the installation of larger pieces.
Stained Glass Film
If all of this sounds more trouble than it's worth, consider using a stained glass film to plaster on your window. Once you clean the window, spray window solution all over the glass. Peel away your film and plaster it onto the wet window. Even out the edges and make sure make certain the film is in place. Take a scraper and squeeze the solution from the window until you see no moisture. Once that is finished, trim away any edges with a zip knife using the scrapper for an even cut. Take a cloth to dry the outside, and you have an instant stained glass. Here is a video on using the right window solution.
Stained glass is a great way to add some vibrancy and personality to your home, and you'll have a fun time choosing the best colors and designs that suits your taste.
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