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Stained, beveled, textured glass adds color to holiday home

Post Time:Dec 12,2011Classify:Industry NewsView:256

While new windows for your abode may not be on your Christmas wish list, maybe they should be. That’s new windows as in stained-glass windows, not storm windows (although those are nice to have, too).

 

Tell your relatives to forgo purchasing you another garish holiday sweater and ask them to kindly contribute to your fancy glass home improvement fund.

 

Starting around $150 for three square feet of window, you can add a bit of color.

 

“A lot of people are doing decorative glass in their kitchens and pantry doors,” said Elizabeth Kolenda, a designer at Pristine Glass Co. in Grand Rapids.

 

Popular choices include stained, beveled and textured clear glass.

 

While most of the residential work the company does is related to new construction or restorative in nature, Kolenda said local homeowners are also installing stained glass in bathrooms to increase privacy while enhancing the decor.

 

Even during the winter, many homeowners look out their windows for a splash of color. People have used stained glass for 1,000 years in decorative objects, and it’s still as desirable in 21st-century homes.

Jack Whitworth, past president of the Stained Glass Association of America and owner of Whitworth Stained Glass Studio near San Antonio, Texas, says the medium is timeless because it is naturally light in color.

 

“Stained glass continues to fascinate people,” Whitworth says. “Unlike paintings that rely on reflected light, stained glass is a medium that refracts light.”

 

The term “stained glass” originated from the process of applying metal oxides to molten glass, creating the desired color that gives the glass a “stained” appearance. For example, adding iron or copper oxide makes green; selenium or cadmium makes orange and red; and cobalt makes blue.

 

Stained glass was introduced to the world in the 11th century, and stained glass windows with leaded assembly (referred to as leaded stained glass) became popular in churches and cathedrals by the 13th century.

Source: www.mlive.comAuthor: shangyi

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