20/02/2023 0 Comments
Stained Glass: Your Questions Answered
As one of Ireland's most established stained glass companies, we have successfully installed an extensive range of stained glass in all types of properties.
The versatility of stained glass means a piece can look just as good in a bar, our club, or an ecclesiastical building. However, before we ever install a new stained glass piece, our clients inevitably have questions about everything from the actual material to the process. To make it that much easier to access this information, we have compiled some of the most common questions below.
What is stained glass?
Stained glass is a type of decorative glass that has been coloured or stained to create beautiful, vibrant designs. It is often used in windows, doors, and other architectural features to add colour, beauty, and visual interest to a building.
Stained glass is created by adding metallic salts to the glass during the manufacturing process. The glass is then fired in a kiln to set the colour and make it permanent. The resulting coloured glass can be cut into specific shapes and assembled into intricate designs using lead came or copper foil to hold the pieces together.
Stained glass can come in various colours, textures, and patterns. Some stained glass designs are simple and geometric, while others are highly detailed and ornate. Stained glass is often used in religious buildings, such as churches and cathedrals, and in secular buildings, such as homes and museums.
Stained glass is valued not only for its beauty but also for its ability to filter and control light. The coloured glass can create a unique and beautiful ambience, casting coloured light into a room or space and creating interesting patterns and shadows.
How much does stained glass cost?
The cost of stained glass in Ireland can vary depending on the size, complexity, design, materials, and labour involved in creating the piece.
If you have a specific stained glass project in mind, please get in touch with us directly, and we can offer a free, low-cost quote.
How is stained glass made?
Stained glass is made by cutting pieces of coloured glass into specific shapes and then joining them together using lead came or copper foil. The process typically involves the following steps:
Design: The first step in making a stained glass piece is to create a plan. This can be done by hand, using drawing tools, or with specialised computer software.
Glass selection: Once the design is finalised, the glass pieces are chosen based on their colour and texture. Stained glass can be purchased in various colours and textures or custom-made by painting or staining clear glass.
Cutting: The glass pieces are then cut to the desired shapes using a glass cutter or specialised tools.
Fitting: The pieces are then fit together to form the final design. This can involve grinding the edges of the glass to ensure a proper fit.
Assembly: The pieces are joined together using lead came or copper foil. Lead came is a long, thin strip of lead folded around the edges of the glass pieces, while the copper foil is a thin strip of copper wrapped around the edges of the glass pieces.
Soldering: Once the pieces are assembled, the joints are soldered together to create a secure and sturdy frame.
Finishing: The stained glass piece is then cleaned, polished, and framed or installed in its final location.
How to clean stained glass?
Cleaning stained glass requires a delicate touch to avoid damaging the glass or the lead or copper foil that holds it together. Here are the steps to clean stained glass safely:
Dust the stained glass gently with a soft brush to remove any loose dirt or debris.
Mix a small amount of mild dish soap with warm water in a spray bottle.
Spray the soapy water onto the stained glass and use a soft cloth or sponge to clean the glass gently.
Rinse the stained glass with clean water using a spray bottle or a damp cloth, being careful not to get any water on the lead or copper foil.
Dry the stained glass with a soft, lint-free cloth, being sure to remove all moisture from the glass and the lead or copper foil.
For stubborn stains or buildup, mix a solution of one part vinegar to three parts water, and apply it to the stained glass with a soft cloth. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
It is essential to avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaners, as they can scratch or damage stained glass or lead or copper foil. Avoid using ammonia-based cleaners or window cleaning solutions, as they can damage the stained glass or the coming.
Regular cleaning and maintenance can help keep the stained glass looking beautiful and vibrant for years to come.
If you have any more questions on artisan glass, please get in touch with our offices today.