Martin Faith, Author at Stained Glass Austin
We’re honored to announce the completion of our recent church stained glass restoration project at The Rising Church. The Rising Church is located in Arvada, CO, and is renowned for its incredible homeless outreach and foodbank services. One evening after the church had closed, a pedestrian walking by had thought they heard noises coming from the empty church. They decided to throw rocks through most of the stained glass windows in an effort to stop whatever they believed was happening inside. Luckily, no one was inside the church but 90% of the windows were damaged.
Stained glass is a gorgeous form of art tinted with paints, pigments, and dyes. Its beauty makes it the perfect medium for adorning churches and chapels. Plus, it is durable and will last for years to come and last for a long time. Just because it has a long lifespan does not mean it will not eventually need restoration or repairs. In fact, we have found church stained glass windows should be repaired or restored every 80-100 years. This is when the caming, wood frame, grout, and glass begin to fail. If addressed early, the window will last another 200 years before needing more repairs. Below are some clues it is time to consider stained glass restoration for your Austin church.
Gaps In Your Austin Church’s Stained Glass Window That Show Daylight
An obvious sign that it is time to restore your Austin church stained glass is gaps of visible light shining through the leading between glass pieces. Small or large, this type of wear and tear must be addressed immediately because it means the lead is stretched, and the window could be structurally unsound.
Buckling, Bowing, And Sagging Of Your Austin Church’s Stained Glass
If you notice the stained glass windows in your church buckling, bowing, bulging, or sagging, it is likely time to have them repaired. In this situation, the worst-case scenario is the window could collapse and even hurt a congregation member. More likely, small pieces of glass will start to fall out over time, driving up the price of future repairs and eventually the total failure of the piece. Either way, this is an issue that needs to be repaired soon to immediately by a professional.
Chips And Cracks In Your Austin Church’s Stained Glass
The most common repair to church stained glass windows are chips and cracks in the glass. A fix like this is something that usually just affects the beauty and luster of your church’s stained glass. However, cracks could also indicate that the glass is under stress, in which case the repairs are more pressing. Therefore, if you notice a small crack that is large or gets more prominent over time, contact our Austin stained glass professional like us immediately.
For more information and pricing in the Austin area on stained glass repairs, contact us today!
Stained glass in churches is beautiful and represents the longstanding church history in the US. Here in Austin, we have many gorgeous old churches with stunning stained glass to match. These works of art need to be taken care of to last for future generations. However, stained glass restoration can be costly, and some congregations may be tempted to do it themselves. The good news is–there are some things you can do yourself when it comes to stained glass maintenance. More extensive repairs and restorations should be left to a professional, though.
DIY Church Stained Glass Maintenance
A seasoned stained glass professional should do most church stained glass repairs. However, there are a handful of things you congregants of groundskeepers can do to maintain your glass and keep it looking good for your church members.
Light Cleaning Of Your Stained Glass: Like any window, stained glass becomes dirty or dusty over time. Stained glass does not need to be removed to be lightly cleaned, which is part of proper care. To clean, you simply use distilled water and a soft cloth to rub away the gr e. However, if the stained glass is painted, be sure to verify that the windows have been fired, or you could damage the finish.
Maintain wood frames around the Stained Glass: The wood frames on your Austin church’s stained glass windows are incredibly imported t. This element stabilizes the whole piece. Therefore, moisture sealant and paint should be used to keep the wood in good shape. Apply these sealants according to their directions but take great care not to get them on the glass. They could affect the look of the glass and potentially remove painted stained glass finishes.
Replace missing or loose putty when needed: When needed, your church maintenance person can quickly replace the putty on stained glass and then paint over it to keep your church stained glass looking good. This is only an aesthetic repair for when you notice cracking or flaking putty on the outer edges of the window; however, it can be challenging to tell putty from leading or gl s. This is why we believe it is better to call a company like ours to do any additive stained glass repairs.
Contact us with questions about your Austin church stained glass maintenance–we are always happy to answer questions or come out for a free onsite consultation,
Choosing whether or not to restore your Austin church’s stained glass is a tough call. You would be shocked how much congregants care about these inspirational symbols. We frequently make the case for stained glass restoration in churches based only on congregants’ passion for it. However, there are several more practical reasons to have it done as well.
Stained Glass Restoration Improves Glass Luster
The colors in your stained glass windows may fade over time due to weather and the accumulation of dirt and debris. When we restore stained glass to churches, they appear like brand-new windows. After the restoration is complete, the various hues will seem brighter and deeper than ever before—restoring the window to its original splendor.
Stained Glass Restoration Reinforces Support Structure
Restoration of stained glass windows is more than about the aesthetics; it’s also about making sure they last a long time. If your Austin stained glass was made before 1922, the lead may have become brittle. Lead that has become old and brittle will bow and break under the weight of the glass, causing the window to droop and eventually, pieces of glass to fall out. Stained glass restoration is an option for replacing deteriorating lead with modern, improved lead. Modern additions are used in today’s lead to ensure that your Austin church’s stained-glass window lasts another 200 years.
Stained Glass Restoration Improves the Function of Your Stained Glass
Stained glass panels in churches often show damage. Stained glass windows, like any other window in your church, have a useful role. They keep out the elements and retain heated and cooled air inside. If you have a crack or a hole in your Austin church’s stained glass windows, they are not functioning properly. This might result in increased energy costs or moisture entering your church and damaging other components. When we repair stained glass, we take additional precautions—such as good ventilation and protective glazes/coverings when we reinstall them. These will help your stained glass perform more effectively in the context of the building’s interior environment.
Contact us to learn more about how we restore windows and to book an appointment for a free church stained glass restoration consultation in Austin.
Stained glass is often only celebrated for its creative purposes, providing one-of-a-kind art for residential, commercial, and religious properties. Many homeowners love the look of stained glass within their homes but decide to forego the investment when looking into these beautiful options. However, stained glass has a lot more to offer homes than just decor– this incredible medium also has significant benefits in terms of functionality. Stained glass offers effective privacy solutions and can provide custom light diffusion. Here are 5 beautiful stained glass bathroom windows for your Austin home.
Stained glass is something many parishioners take pride in. These historical treasures can be found on the windows of many churches across Austin. These windows are durable and will last a long time if properly cared for. For many older churches, this means it is likely time to start thinking about restoration. The hardest part of a restoration journey is fundraising. If you are a member of a congregation looking for funds for restoration projects, there are several new and exciting ways to do this.
Why Churches Should Use Modern Technology to Fundraise for Stained Glass Restoration
Raising funds for stained glass restoration projects is a daunting task. Churches are non-profit institutions and so they rarely have extra cash on hand to help pay for all of these types of repairs themselves. That’s why almost every Austin church we’ve worked with needs some kind of fundraising in order to do the work that their stained glass windows need. Fortunately, technology has made raising donations much easier than ever before – read below to learn more modern ideas behind this process:
Online Fundraising Ideas for Church Stained Glass
Fundraising is certainly not a new concept for non-profit organizations. But we wanted to outline some of the most successful things we have seen churches do more recently.
GoFundMe: One of the newest ways to raise money for causes is called GoFundMe. With an easy setup and away quick share with the world, it has made church stained glass fundraising much easier than before! A good way to start is by appointing someone in your church who understands the internet and social media well enough to work with the GoFundMe platform. This will make reaching out even more effective and ensure you get the money your church needs for restoration.
Email Blasts: In today’s day and age, churches have found a new way to connect with their congregations. They send out email blasts that are filled with information on the congregation’s latest events and news. But, they can also be used for broadcasting your and associated links to donate. Email blasts make an excellent companion method of fundraising because you’re able to easily share them through emails and people will easily be able to donate when they click on your links.
Venmo Offering: The advent of cash apps has made it easier than ever to collect money for church offerings. With just a Venmo account, anyone can set up an automatic withdrawal from their bank account to offer donations electronically. This means no hassle or paperwork and they can do it right from their own home. Not only does this make collecting easy, but also tracking and distributing funds! Simply announce the fundraiser in church and let your congregants know which email to use to donate and you are all set!
Contact us at Stained Glass Ausitn today for more information on these amazing fundraising methods for your church!
A beautifully decorated home makes a statement. It says that you care about the small details and have worked hard to build a good life.
One of the most enchanting additions you can to make to your Austin home décor is stained glass. Stained glass windows are an elegant feature that add instant value and curb appeal.
Below, we’ve discussed some of the ways you can use them to beautify your home. Read more…
By Martin Faith
At Stained Glass Austin, we feel that church stained glass restoration is some of our most important work. While we love being able to create unique additions for our customers’ homes and businesses, there’s something special about being able to be part of church projects. Often, these projects are funded by donations and there is a lot of enthusiastic surrounding them which comes from the church members. Their stained glass has tremendous sentimental value and personal meaning for them. For us, it is a particularly rewarding experience to be able to help out and give back to the community. Read more…
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!