Martin Faith, Author at Stained Glass Austin
Att Stained Glass Austin, we love being part of our parent company, Scottish Stained Glass, because it gives us a chance to be a part of handfuls of stunning historical stained glass restorations, repairs, replacements, and even recreations. One such project was at Sam Houston State University. The project was one of many of our company’s projects that breathe new life into structures like churches, synagogues, historic homes, and universities all across the USA. In this case, a stained glass masterpiece was recreated using nothing more than an old picture.
Replicating Sam Houston State’s Historic Stained Glass
Sam Houston State University is one of the Lone Star State’s oldest schools, founded in 1879. So it has been in Texas for some time. The original campus was made up of lovely arched bricked structures adorned with stained glass. This type of window was a rare feature in Texas at the time. This made them a school icon and something they took a lot of pride in. For over 100 years this window aged gracefully with campus until, sadly, in 1982 it was destroyed in a fire. Of late, SHSU decided it was time to bring that window back into the world to commemorate their school motto “The measure of a Life is its Service”. They came to Scottish Group–one of the most prolific stained glass studios in the country–and we couldn’t be happier they did!
The First Challenge of Restoring Sam Houston State University’s Lost Stained Glass
The biggest issue with having this window replicated was–they no longer existed. The window wasn’t just damaged in the fire they were completely destroyed. There was a little historical record of the window too. That left us with almost nothing to replicate to recreate these stunners of old. You see, we always want to respect the original stained glass artwork by making them as historically accurate as possible. There was one picture from 1962 discovered from a yearbook and using just that single color photo to guide our way, we did what we do best–create.
Modern Technology for Restoring Stained Glass
Our first tactic was to implement modern technology. This meant scanning this picture into the computer. Once there we were able to print out a full-sized version and then with great care, we traced each sinewy line. This allowed us to be incredibly accurate with the design. Next, we rescanned the drawing and put it into our CAD program to resize again since the school requested a window twice the size. Sure the process was hard and time-consuming but it was worth it. The time and effort, aided by technology, paid off in beauty and accuracy!
Restoring Sam Houston State University’s Lost Stained Glass
The next major issue was trying to source materials that were used in 1879–over 100 years ago! Many of the color formulas have been lost to history and the materials were no longer made in some cases. This meant finding a proper match would be very hard. Using our best resources that we have gathered over our 20-year history, we had one of our top conservation specialists help us find colors that were as close to the originals as possible. Since close was not enough for us, we next turned to our incredibly talented stained glass painting artists to apply additional layers on top of the “close” hues to make them exactly accurate– innovative solution!
The Results of the Recreated Commemorative Stained Glass Window
It took us almost a full year to complete our work. This is not uncommon with very large or detailed stained glass artwork. The Sam Houston State University window ended up with ten layers to create shadowing and depth in some areas. An example of art and science working together this lovely commemorative stained glass window also has a whopping 3,000- 4,000 individual pieces. Aesthetically speaking, the window is a replica. In fact, it has once again become the crown of the campus The entire university–from staff to students-was stunned by the perfect depiction we were able to create. Even more so they were delighted by a replication that was so beautiful. But, at the end of the day, guess who else was happy? The entire Scottish Stained Glass family! This is due to the fact we take great pride in work. To us, stained glass restoration, repair, and recreation projects are a way of giving respect to the artwork of old and preserving it for generations to come.
If you have a stained glass restoration or rebuild project we would love to speak to you about it too! Contact us at Stained Glass Austin today for a free consultation.
We are fortunate enough here at Stained Glass Austin, to be a part of one of the most proficient stained glass studios in the US–Scottish Stained Glass. This means we get to be part of some really special stained glass installations. Of course, each one comes with challenges–but at the end of the day, they are all very fulfilling. Our job is to transform more than just church windows and buildings but the lives of the congregants as well. One example of this is our most recent installation (and now the pride of our portfolio) St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church located in Wray, CO.
The Scope of Our Custom Stained Glass Project
Wray isn’t a very big town but this stained glass installation sure way! Our hand-painted stained glass windows were created and installed this summer using all the safety protocols for safety during a pandemic. Since this is a newer church (built in the last 30 years) St. Andrew’s did not have stained glass windows in the sanctuary already. It turned out 2020 was the time and the congregation, which had felt like this type of artwork would make their place of worship feel more like a house of God, were ready for use to do our craft. They reached out to us to install five new, custom stained glass windows on the east side of their sanctuary. We were happy to help and thrilled at such an exciting chance to do custom stained glass work–which we excel at.
Customizing Stained Glass to Be Historically Accurate and Beautiful
The church congregation wanted us to create a depiction of the five Luminous Mysteries (baptism, wedding, proclamation, transfiguration, and last supper). These depictions were highly significant to them and their beliefs. For a job this unique and sentimental, custom artwork was an option we pitched to them and they absolutely loved it! Not only is painted glass a very unique form of stained glass work but we work with an amazing painted glass specialist–Maria. This project was one for us to put her coveted skills to use. We wanted things to look as life-like as possible so we used actual models to get the poses right. We also did extensive research for historical accuracy like:
- The Appropriate background and foliage for the region
- Authentic tile design for floors in that time-period
- A historically accurate depiction of the town of Cana
The Beauty of Custom Painted Stained Glass
The outcome of our custom, five-panel stained glass project in St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church was in a word–Lovely. Although we primarily black and brown paint we were able to really pull hints of color from the glass background. We also constructed the stained glass to harness natural sunlight. This created depth in things like the faces, hands, fauna, and flora. The result was an extremely three-dimensional appearance– that was both authentic but stunning. All in all, the members of the congregation (who watched socially distanced) were stunned by the beauty of the entire process. One member even said, “Now we have a church”. It is this the type of affirmation and the pride that makes us love our work in custom stained glass creation.
For more information on custom stained glass or breathing life into an old piece of stained glass with restoration–contact us at Stained Glass Austin today!
A small crack or chip in a stained glass window may not seem like a big deal at first. But if you give it a few years, you’ll most likely be singing a different tune. Read more…
Homes and businesses in the Austin area have some of the most stunning stained glass features. Whether you have a new, custom stained glass installation or a historical, antique feature, all stained glass can be susceptible to vandalism, severe weather, natural disasters, age-related deterioration, and much more. If you notice some scratches and other mild to moderate damage, it’s always important to be proactive with your repairs. Stained glass repair can help you maintain the best condition for your windows and features while helping prolong the time needed in between restorations.
The Benefits of Stained Glass Repair for Your Austin Property
Stained glass repair offers an effective way to keep your windows and features in the best condition possible while eliminating the risk of permanent damage or restoration. Repairs can often be completed on-site without removing your windows. It is ideal for mild to moderate damage– anything more severe may require restoration or replacement. So what’s the difference between repair, restoration, and replacement?
- Stained glass repair: Perfect for scratches as well as small to moderate damages, repairs are the most affordable and can help you save money in the long run.
- Stained glass restoration: Restoration is actually required every 75 to 100 years or perhaps sooner if your stained glass has significant damage.
- Stained glass replacement: Replacement is for individuals that don’t want to keep their stained glass and would rather have a new design. This is the most expensive option out of all three.
Work with Austin’s Number One Stained Glass Repair Studio
Stained Glass Austin is honored to be the number one stained glass repair studio serving the state of Texas. Our team of leading stained glass artisans is available for both in-person appointments and virtual consultations.
For more information regarding stained glass repair, please contact us!
Stained glass is one of the most complex art forms in the world. It involves the combination of numerous techniques – painting, welding, glassmaking – all of which require incredible skill and dexterity. But even more complex than making stained glass is repairing it and putting it back together.
That’s why when you’re dealing with damaged stained glass, it’s important to choose a company that’s experienced with stained glass repair. At Stained Glass Austin, we’ve been performing these types of repairs for years.
Since 1991, we’ve completed nearly 70,000 stained glass windows, many of which have been complex restorations. We have the skill and experience to execute even the most complicated and difficult repairs. This is what sets us apart as Austin’s premier stained glass repair experts. Read more…
Some commercial properties are blessed to have original stained glass features. Whether you have a converted historic building or just happen to have stained glass, you understand all the different, unique benefits these windows can provide. Stained glass is such a versatile medium that has been incorporated into some stunning Austin businesses and can really offer sentimental and historic value. Just like everything else, stained glass will begin to deteriorate with age. This deterioration process can accelerate especially if your stained glass has experienced any severe weather or vandalism. So what’s the difference between stained glass restoration and replacement?
The Benefits of Stained Glass Restoration for Your Austin Business
Restoration is the process of properly preserving your original stained glass features. This process can lengthen its lifespan for over a century while preserving its antique value. Replacement is simply replacing your original stained glass with a new stained glass window. Restoration is actually the more cost-effective option of the two and can provide the benefits of antique value, historical value, and sentimental value. The process is quite effective as well and can return your stained glass to its original glory. Clients are often shocked to see how vibrant and new their restored stained glass looks. Replacement is often much more expensive and doesn’t offer the benefit of antique value. It’s always important to consult with a stained glass artisan to find out what’s best for your business.
Work with Austin’s Leading Stained Glass Restoration Studio
Stained Glass Austin is honored to be the leading stained glass restoration studio serving the Texas area. We’ve worked with numerous commercial properties and businesses in order to help them restore and preserve their stained glass features. We’re available for virtual consultations.
With many of us spending more time at home, it can be easy to start planning different projects you’d like to tackle once quarantine is over. Getting your creative juices flowing is a great way to pass the time during self-isolation. Creating your own custom stained glass window for your Austin home can help improve your property value, heighten your curb appeal, and address beauty and function. Custom stained glass has so many incredible benefits for your home.
The Benefits of Custom Stained Glass for Your Austin Home
There are many areas in your home that can benefit from custom stained glass. From basement window wells to entryways, bathrooms, kitchen cabinets, home bars, and much more, stained glass can make a wonderful addition. Custom stained glass is a great opportunity for blocking unwanted views and taking control of privacy issues. Some traditional, colorful stained glass and most leaded glass options can effectively block views from the outside in without you having to sacrifice natural sunlight or install window coverings. Stained glass can improve both the beauty and function of your property. Take advantage of this creative opportunity to create a stunning permanent art installation for improving curb appeal as well as your overall property value. Custom stained glass can elevate the look of your home while providing these exclusive benefits.
Work with Austin’s Number One Custom Stained Glass Studio
Stained Glass Austin is honored to be the number one custom stained glass studio serving the Texas area. We’re offering free virtual consultations and would love the opportunity to beautify your home. Work with our stained glass artisans over the phone or online for all of your project needs. We can get everything done from start to finish without you leaving your home.
For more information regarding stained glass for your Austin home, please contact us!
Art can have a powerful impact on people whether it’s in the residential, commercial, or religious setting. For property owners looking for a highly versatile medium that can offer permanent art in their properties, stained glass is the perfect option. There are so many benefits that stained glass art can offer your property. Regardless of what type of property or industry you’re in, there are countless different applications that art glass can actually offer.
The Advantages of Art Glass for Your Austin Property
Art glass is the perfect addition to any property. For religious properties, these houses of worship have been utilizing stained glass for centuries. Stained glass was used to teach the illiterate the Bible in the past but now it offers a great option for showcasing your favorite quotes, figures, scenes, and more. Religious art glass is perfect for inspiring your congregation, adding visual interest to your property, and attracting more potential members. For residential properties, art glass is the perfect option for improving your property value, installing permanent art, heightening your curb appeal, and much more. Privacy glass offers both function and beauty for residential properties by blocking unwanted views and improving decor. For commercial properties, art glass can attract more guests, improve repeat customer rates, and act as a stunning photo opportunity. Create iconic features for hotels, retail shops, and other businesses.
Work with Austin’s Leading Art Glass Experts
Stained Glass Austin is honored to be the leading art glass expert serving the Texas area. Our stained glass artisans are well experienced in creating art of all different genres for religious, commercial, and residential properties. We’re able to create incredible custom designs and are happy to work with you to bring your vision to reality.
For more information regarding art glass for your property, please contact us!
Stained glass throughout Austin offers so much beauty and function. From homes to businesses, houses of worship, and more, stained glass offers a lot of benefits across any industry. For property owners lucky enough to own stained glass, it is important to know proper upkeep and care. Stained glass will always require renovation around the 75-year to 100-mark. This is typically when age-related issues occur– vandalism, severe weather, and other circumstances can require restoration even sooner. So is stained glass investment really worth it?
The Advantages of Stained Glass Investment in Austin
Stained glass investment offers incredible advantages especially in terms of restoration. The cost of restoration is significant since it is such a labor-intensive process that can take about a month per window. While this is a substantial investment, restoration is much more affordable than replacement. The added benefit is that when your antique stained glass is restored, the appraisal value is considerably higher than before the process. Just like renovating a home, the stained glass’s value after renovation increases dramatically. Renovation made proactively can also reduce your repair costs. The longer you wait, the more expensive it will be to restore your stained glass. Stained glass investment can improve your overall property value while guaranteeing that future generations get the opportunity to treasure your glass as well.
Work with Austin’s Preferred Stained Glass Investment Experts
Stained Glass Austin is honored to be the preferred stained glass investment experts serving the Austin, Texas area. We’re happy to help you evaluate your investment and choose the right option for your property. Gain access to our renowned repair and restoration services to ensure your stained glass is properly preserved. We proudly offer free on-site consultations regarding your renovation project.
For more information regarding stained glass investment for your Austin property, please contact us!
It’s a question that we get asked here a lot at Stained Glass Austin. After all, stained glass restoration can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $150,000. So people want to know, does it make sense financially?
If you belong to a church who’s asking this question, chances are, it’s a matter of great importance. When it comes to stained or leaded glass windows, damage isn’t something to be avoided. If you wait too long, your beloved art could perish and be lost forever. But at the same time, churches aren’t exactly known for having tons of money laying around.
The good news is, in most cases, stained glass restoration tends to a be financially justifiable decision. In this article, we’ll discuss a few of the reasons behind this claim.