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Stained glass is a highly decorative form of window design, one which colors and patterns the sunlight, or artificial light, admitted into a building. First produced in Europe during the Middle Ages, stained glass has remained most popular for, and associated with, church construction. Private homes can also be enhanced, however, by the addition of stained glass panes.

  • Beveled glass - Beveling means modifying the edges of material so they are not perpendicular with each other, and is typically performed for stained glass.
  • Muff - One of the oldest techniques used to produce stained glass, in which molten material is blown out through a pipe into the desired shape, along with the necessary amount of oxygen.
  • Tabled glass - Also called rolled glass, manufacturers perform this technique by affixing molten glass to a table using a cylinder.
  • Crown glass - After having blown out the molten glass, the artisan will then spin it out into a flat shape, which can then be subdivided into different panes according to the selected design.
  • Flashed glass - In this technique, the stained glass window is made of two layers fused together, one consisting of a red laminate, and the other of a clear pane.
  • Cartoon - In stained glass design, sketches for the individual window panes, referred to as openings.
  • Grozing - A method for fitting the different openings to each other by scraping off the edges with tools.
  • Ferramenta - Heavy black frames which have been used in stained glass since the Middle Ages.
  • Silver nitrate - A method for giving a yellow cast to stained glass panes.
  • Eglomise - A technique to make the stained glass pattern visible from both sides.
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    SGO Designer Glass
    San Diego, CA 92109
    We offer full service custom architectural glass services. We provide stained glass overlay, traditional cut glass, glass counter tops and back splashes. Our contractors provide the best glass service in town.
    (858) 270-7041
    Elegant Accents
    San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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    (949) 367-1446
     
    User Review: "I have used this company to both department my antique stained glass windows and to create new duplicates. The owner ken is..."
    Glass Spectrum The
    27601 Forbes Rd Ste 40, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
    Ornamental glass company customizes home products such as doors, furniture, tables, vases, and cabinets. We offer carved, beveled, stained and engraved glass in stenciled or sculpted patterns.
    (949) 582-5776
    Bera Stained Glass Studios
    760 N Twin Oaks Valley Rd Ste A, San Marcos, CA 92069
    (760) 744-9282
    Cast Glass Images
    850 Armorlite Dr, San Marcos, CA 92069
    (760) 744-7082
    Ferrier Danita & Co
    1428 Independence Way, Vista, CA 92084
    (760) 724-5521
    Glasslight Studio
    31510 Aquaduct Rd, Bonsall, CA 92003
    (760) 758-2190
    Stained Glass Overlay
    2579 State St Ste A, Carlsbad, CA 92008
    (760) 729-1064
    Gomolka Design Studio
    1685 Chestnut Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008
    (760) 720-0033
    Botti Studio of Architectural Arts Inc
    1038 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
    (760) 753-0705
    Eye of The Hurricane
    2106 S Tremont St, Oceanside, CA 92054
    (760) 757-9674
    Gerlachs Art Glass
    28324 Alamar Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082
    (760) 749-5600
    Joe's Glass Shack
    365 W 2nd Ave Ste 100, Escondido, CA 92025
    (760) 480-4527
    Masterpiece Leaded Windows
    13831 Danielson St, Poway, CA 92064
    (858) 391-3344
    Bach's Stained Glass
    8839 Friant St, San Diego, CA 92126
    (858) 578-2450


    Stained glass has been used for a very long time; long enough that its origins are lost. It is colored using various minerals and then cut into pieces which are put together like a mosaic. Medieval stained glass remains in many old churches, with patterns showing saints and scenes from the Bible. In modern times, it is considered an art form, although some of it is manufactured to simple designs. Cheap stained glass is often used to decorate door panels or items of furniture. Expensive glass is designed by artists. It is sometimes used to make windows, but ornaments and furniture are more common, especially lamp shades. Beads are commonly used in costume and fashion jewelry. Stained glass was very popular in the art deco era, and antiques from this period often feature it. Many pieces are used to provide colorful highlights to a room's décor. Stained glass can be mass produced or hand made. Most is leaded, as with traditional church windows. Higher quality glass is copper foiled. In both cases, the metal frames are soldered together around the panels, with some pieces being fused directly. Patterns are made to templates, generally sketched out on paper first. Artisans may make blown stained glass themselves. Hand-blown glass is considered particularly valuable. True stained glass has the color made into the panel itself. However, some 'stained' glass is, in fact, painted, allowing for more detail at the cost of durability. Etched, frosted and beveled pieces are also sold. Ornamental glass panels are sometimes built into windows or may be hung on the inside. Interior designers may make a piece of stained glass a highlight or the center of a room. Hobbyists may also make stained glass. Such artisans, of course, need courses in how to perform their craft correctly, using tools and supplies.
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