Custom Stained Glass – Artistic Enrichment for Your Home, Office, Yacht or Church
When most people hear the term “stained glass” they instinctively think of ornately colored windows in religious buildings, such as churches and synagogues. A search on Google for “images of stained glass” brings up a vast majority of religious window designs. The fact is, stained glass was reserved for windows with a spiritual theme for many hundreds of years but that is certainly no longer the case. Custom stained glass windows created at Glass Menagerie in Fort Lauderdale, FL are installed in a wide variety of settings that include private homes, yachts, restaurants, commercial offices, public and government buildings and unsurprisingly, also in churches and synagogues. Custom Stained Glass technique is commonly used for Windows, Glass Entryways, Ceiling Domes or Glass Transoms.
Custom Stained Glass Windows are Not Just For Churches Anymore
Stained glass windows production has a rich heritage with time-honored techniques that we take very seriously. The first step is always to establish a design style in consultation with our client that will meet the requirement of the installation location and fit into the decor of the building. The design is important but we must also consider how the window will be viewed. Will it be installed in an exterior entryway with natural lighting, and interior wall with subdued lighting or will the location require artificial LED backlighting? We need to ascertain the possibility of obstructions beyond the window such as trees, roof overhang, buildings close-by, anything that may affect how the light will fall on the window.
Custom Stained Glass Art Is Like a Painting with Light
It Takes Hundreds Of Pieces Of Glass To Make One Stained Glass Window. After the design has been established and finalized with our client, the next important step is to carefully select the glass from thousands of colors, textures, and mixtures that are available to us. Stained glass windows routinely require hundreds, if not thousands of individual pieces of glass that must be hand-cut and carefully shaped to match the pattern.
The Lead Came Assembly Process – A Time-Honored Tradition
The Glass Menagerie studio technicians are highly skilled in the traditional custom stained glass lead came assembly process that has been used for hundreds of years. The lead channeling must be shaped to fit around each individual piece of glass then it is positioned to match the design. When the entire design has been assembled the lead is soldered and the channels are sealed using cement putty to ensure it is rigid and rattle free.
Installation of Stained Glass Windows Must Always Be Precise
The final step is the installation. Our professional installation team will personally transport the finished window to the jobsite to handle the installation and final cleanup ourselves. Sometimes our client requires the finished window to be packed and shipped to a remote location for installation. We know how to pack it right and we will consult with the local contractor to make sure it is handled and installed correctly.
Do You Have a Need or an Idea For a Stained Glass Window?
Glass Menagerie has the artistic and technical skill to accomplish any Custom Stained Glass windows that you are looking for. Please checkout our work in the Stained Glass Gallery. Call 954-735-8191 and ask for me, Richard May, and I promise to help you realize the stained glass window that your project is calling out for.