alexandria. glass window. February 26th , 2018.
During the 18th century the use of colored windows was no longer fashionable so there was no longer a great demand for glass art. Specialists within this field started to focus on restoring glass in churches and grand homes.
Color, texture and opacity are also aspects of your design to consider. Glass can have colors as clear as Jello, or swirls, or only register a change in brightness, but not what′s beyond the glass. It can be poured into molds so one side looks like pebbles or bubbles. It can have a metallic or crystalline sheen. Shape can also be part of your window panel design- rectangular, arched, polyhedral, trapezoid, parallelogram; whatever the shape of your window, the window panel can be designed to fill it. [You could even have one shaped like a Christmas tree, but your builder would probably have a fit.] Once you have found the design you want, within your budget; make sure (if you have not already done so) you see examples of similar work. Ask for references and check with them on quality and timeliness. While your stained glass window panel is being crafted, (again, if not done before) find an installer that is qualified to work with this type of glass.
Lead channel window panels are the original form of stained glass. Working and soldering the channel is labor intensive and the designs tend to be simpler executions because of the weight and labor involved. Foiled panels are able to use much smaller pieces and can even use 3D techniques, with flowers or birds lifting from the purely vertical, into the room they occupy. The glass pieces are cut, ground smooth, the edges encased in copper foil, the pieces are fitted together, and after a flux solution is applied so it will adhere, solder is melted over the foils and joins the pieces of glass together.
Window Design Styles There are several styles of windows from which to choose here are a few of the most popular: Bay - These large windows are traditionally made of three windows, one large window flanked by smaller windows. A window seat under a bay window is heavenly. Double-hung - This classic window design style has an outside sash that slides up and down and an inside sash that slides up. This style of window allows a lovely breeze in as well as facilitates natural light. Casement - Casement windows are usually hung in pairs and mounted on hinges that allow the sash to swing in or out (depending on what you prefer). Bow - These windows are similar to bay windows but have more than three panels which join to form a gentle curve. Tilt-turn - This window design is popular in Europe, these unusual windows tilt in towards the room at the top and also turn a full 180 degrees - excellent for easy cleaning. Jalousies - This window design is comprised of many slats of glass that open and close. Jalousies windows are extremely similar to Venetian blinds. Skylight - This window design is perfect for small rooms where normal windows would be overwhelming. Skylights are essentially windows which are fitted at an angle rather than vertically, usually through the ceiling or roof. Fixed - As these windows can not be opened their sole purpose is to allow light in. Stained glass - This window design is popular in Victorian inspired homes around the world. Patterns are made from different pieces of coloured glass and the sparkle of different coloured beams of light has a wonderful effect.
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