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Commissioning Stained Glass

Stained Glass Tree
Abstract Stained Glass Tree
Stained glass

…is a beautiful and timeless art form that has been used for centuries to enhance the aesthetic of buildings and homes. The process of commissioning stained glass, from initial consultation to final installation, can be a rewarding experience for both the client and the artist. In this blog post, we will discuss the steps involved in commissioning stained glass using active voice.

The process

First, the client contacts the artist to discuss their vision for the stained glass piece. During this initial consultation, the artist will ask questions about the client’s preferences, such as color scheme, design style, and desired size. The artist will also take measurements of the space where the stained glass will go.

Next, the artist creates a detailed sketch or rendering of the proposed design. The client reviews the sketch and provides feedback, making any necessary revisions. Once the design is final, the artist creates a full-size pattern of the design.

The next step is the creation of the stained glass itself. The artist cuts the glass according to the pattern and assembles the pieces using lead came. The glass is then soldered together to create a strong and stable panel.

After the glass assembly, the artist adds patina and polish to the solder metal, giving the panel a finished look. The artist also adds any necessary hardware, such as hanging rings or a wooden frame, to prepare the panel for installation.

Installation

Finally, the artist installs the stained glass in the client’s home or building. This step involves carefully fitting the panel into the designated space and securing it in place. The artist also checks to ensure that the panel alignment is proper and that there are no leaks or drafts.

The commissioning of stained glass is a collaborative process. This process requires the expertise of the artist and the input of the client. The result is a unique and beautiful piece of art that enhances the aesthetic of any space.

In conclusion, commissioning stained glass involves several steps including initial consultation. Followed by design sketch, pattern creation, glass cutting and assembling, adding patina and polish, adding necessary hardware and installation. It’s a rewarding experience for both the client and the artist. The final product being a unique and beautiful piece of art that adds to the aesthetic of any space. Reach out to us today to commission stained glass piece for your space.

Use of Art Glass in contemporary architecture and design

Art glass has become a popular choice for contemporary architecture and design in recent years. The use of art glass in buildings and interior spaces adds a unique and beautiful aesthetic. It also provides functional benefits such as natural light and privacy.

The Louvre

One of the most notable examples of the use of art glass in contemporary architecture is the Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvel. The building features a dome made up of nearly 8,000 unique metal stars, each with a diameter of 2.6 meters. The stars are made of steel and covered with a coating of aluminum and a layer of perforated anodized aluminum. The perforations in the aluminum allow sunlight to filter through the dome, creating a soft, natural light inside the museum.

Crystal Houses

Another example of art glass in architecture is the “Crystal Houses” in Amsterdam, designed by MVRDV. The building features a façade made up of nearly 1,000 square meters of glass. This includes a number of irregularly shaped panes that create a sense of movement and dynamism. The use of art glass in the façade allows for maximum natural light to enter the building. It also provides a unique and visually striking appearance.

Art glass can also be used in interior design to create a sense of elegance and luxury. The use of art glass in partitions and room dividers can add a sense of privacy. It will still allow natural light to flow through the space. The use of art glass in the form of decorative panels and backsplashes can add a touch of elegance to any room. It will also be simple to clean and maintain.

Custom decorative art glass panels in display cabinets
Decorative Art Glass Panels in Display Cabinets

In addition to its aesthetic and functional benefits, art glass is also an environmentally friendly choice for architecture and design. Glass is a highly recyclable material. The use of art glass in buildings can help to reduce the energy needed for lighting . The use of art glass in buildings can also help to reduce the urban heat island effect. As the glass allows for maximum natural light while also reflecting heat away from the building.

Overall, the use of art glass in contemporary architecture and design adds a unique and beautiful aesthetic while providing functional benefits such as natural light and privacy. Art glass is also an environmentally friendly choice that can help to reduce the energy needed for lighting. As technology continues to advance, we can expect to see even more innovative and exciting uses of art glass in architecture and design in the future.

Brighten Your Space! 12 Mosaic and Stained Glass Ideas to Add Color to Your Home

Your home is a space where you can decorate as freely and creatively as you wish. Whether that’s designing with pops of color throughout each room or taking a more minimalist approach, your options are endless. But a timeless and unique way to bring color into your home whether you’re living in Seattle, WA to Toronto, CA is with mosaics and stained glass ideas.

To help you get started, I, along with other artists shared our advice for decorating your home with mosaics and stained glass art. Check out what we had to say so you can brighten your home today!

Add art glass to your cabinet doors to give your kitchen a truly custom and unique appearance for a fraction of the overall cost. You can pick a number of different designs to complement other elements in your kitchen such as backsplash or tile. Art glass will also give you an opportunity to either showcase your cabinet contents or hide it, so you don’t have to worry about keeping it tidy all the time, if you pick obscure glass. When you’re in the process of a kitchen remodel or you’re building a new kitchen, make sure to ask your designer or the cabinet company to order your cabinet doors prepped for glass so the new art glass panels can fit right in. –

Brighten Your Space! 12 Mosaic and Stained Glass Ideas to Add Color to Your Home

The Different Types of Kitchen Cabinet Glass

Adding a touch of glass to your kitchen cabinets is sure to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the room. Elegant as well as functional, different types of kitchen cabinet glass are great to display your beautiful kitchenware. The best part is that kitchen cabinet glass inserts come in great variety. This way they can complement virtually any style you’re trying for in your kitchen.

At Casa Loma Art Glass, we offer many different types of glass. Here’s a collection of the different types that are available for each of our designs:

Seeded Glass

Seedy glass has air bubbles that are infused during the manufacturing process. These bubbles can come in a variety of sizes, large or small, and while they suit traditional styles, they nevertheless can bring an interesting look to modern kitchens. Casa Loma Art Glass’ Savannah design, for example, looks great in seeded glass while at the same time enhancing the traditional look.

Frosted Glass

Created by sandblasting clear glass, frosted glass has limited transparency, but still allows general shapes and colors to show through. These glass inserts look great in modern kitchens as they complement stainless steel very well, but they can also go well with traditional kitchens by pairing it with a traditional design such as the Fleur de Lis.

Decorative Art Glass For Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Textured Glass

There are many different kinds of textured glass—reeded, fluted, ribbed, pebbled, floral, just to name a few—so your options are wide open. Transparency can vary depending on the pattern you choose and how heavy the texture is, but in general they’re similar to frosted glass where the contents are slightly blurry. Plus, thanks to their variety, textured glass can fit into practically any space, modern or traditional.  Casa Loma Art Glass’ Da Vinci design in textured glass is great for modern kitchens. Venezzia is excellent for more traditional designs. Or, with certain designs like the Astoria, you can pair a textured glass with a transparent glass for a more unique look.

Decorative Glass

Decorative glass inserts come in two types: leaded and stained. The two types are very similar, and most people often use the terms interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two. Simply put, leaded glass lacks color, while stained glass has color. Either way, both types will certainly make your kitchen cabinets stand out. Due to their lack of color, leaded glass is better for modern, minimalist kitchens. Stained glass is mainly compatible with more traditional styles, but can also be appropriate to fit any other space. At Casa Loma, we not only have decorative glass panels, but also decorative glass inserts. Both that can bring stained glass vision to your kitchen cabinets.

Transparent Glass

Last, but certainly not least, is simple, transparent glass. Unlike many of the glass inserts mentioned above, transparent glass is (as the name suggests) completely transparent. These are great for displaying quality china or kitchenware, and they’re an excellent fit for minimalist kitchens. Transparent glass can look great with any of our designs. If you’re going for the minimalist or modern look, then consider our Chester design.

Exquisite art glass for transitional kitchen

If you’re still unsure which type of cabinet glass insert is best for your kitchen, then feel free to reach out to us at Casa Loma Art Glass. We can give you design ideas and expert recommendations on different types of kitchen cabinet glass so that your kitchen cabinets come out looking magnificent.

5 Reasons to Add More Stained Glass to Your Home

The new year is officially here, which means it’s time to reflect on the new interior design trends and options available for you and your living space. As design trends move past the farmhouse feel, we’re placing new emphasis on the importance of repurposing for utility. Let’s utilize the benefits to incorporate stained glass in your home into windows, doors, and cabinets.

Here are 5 reasons to add more stained glass to your home:

  1. Features That Pop:

Adding some color and extra light to your home is a great way to create a focal point in that specific room. Instead of investing in paint and wallpaper that makes the entire room colorful and perhaps, overwhelming, consider the value of stained glass cabinet door inserts and accents. It’s a feature that will “pop” and surely impress visitors, guests, and significant others.

  1. Personalization Potential:

Before stained glass goes through commission and design process, extensive personalization and customization is possible in each design. Stained glass is essentially a work of art, all its own, whether it has color or not. You can work with the designers to arrive at the stained glass door inserts. Also, stained glass windows that you want before committing to the installation. Who doesn’t like a personalized touch in their living space?

  1. Durability & Longevity:

The glass in stained glass windows and cabinetry follows a copper foil technique that was invented over 100-years ago. Using copper foil and wrapping it around the glass, joining the ends and soldering the piece together. This is what keeps it from springing off of the glass. Stained glass products are designed to stand the test of time. Unlike wood and other materials that can weather and decay, glass is highly resistant. There’s minimal effect of temperature changes, moisture, and other natural elements.

  1. Timeless Elegance:

When we think of stained glass, we think of gorgeous and impressive cathedrals that are hundreds of years old. Preserving history and culture in a way that is unmistakably unique. Although stained glass for the interior of your home doesn’t have to be Roman Gothic, there is something timeless and classic about using stained glass. Simply due to its history, it will add a layer of refined elegance to your home’s appearance.

  1. Room-By-Room Décor Options:

If you’re someone who doesn’t want to decide on just one theme for the entirety of your home or office, one easy way to add a “mood” to each individual room is with a stained glass accent piece. Whether it’s a stained glass door in your kitchen, stained glass windows in the bedroom, or stained glass cabinets above the sink, glass is an easy way to establish a new kind of interior design without rehabbing the entire room. That way, you can tell a story throughout your house, changing it up on a per-room basis.

New Year, New House

The start of a new year is a great time to redo the monotony in your home and incorporate something fresh to illuminate your space with beauty. If you’re tired of the appearance of your home or apartment, custom stained glass products are an easy way to add a touch of personalization.

Feel free to reach out to us at Casa Loma Art Glass for project discussions, design ideas, and expert recommendations!