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  • Caring For Stained Glass Panels
    In reality too much cleaning can be worse for the panel than the sun and the rain. Stained glass panels in old cathedrals have been in place for centuries with minimal damage to the surfaces. With proper care and knowledge of the signs of damage your panels can look great for generations as well.
  • Common Antique Glass Terms
    Collecting antique lamps can be very rewarding but with so many lamps on the market the terms describing them can get very confusing. For example, what is a chipped ice finish? What exactly is ormula? The following is a brief list of antique lamp terms you are likely to come across while purchasing period related lighting pieces.
  • Comparing Leaded and Faux Stained Glass Panels
    When most people think of stained glass, more often than not the classic Tiffany style stained glass panels seen in many churches comes to mind. These windows are often referred to as classic stained glass but for the hobbyist considering creating their own art glass panels there is also faux stained glass.
  • History of Stained Glass in the United States
    John LaFarge was an accomplished painter and illustrator as well as a successful muralist. LaFarge was extremely interested in color and he began to experiment with stained glass and more specifically opalescent glass. During the 1870s opalescent glass was not available in sheets and both artists, LaFarge and Louis Comfort Tiffany, began tinkering with possibilities. It was whom discovered this idea and originated sheets of opalescent glass in which these men became rivals until the bitter end.
  • Louis C. Tiffany: Master of Many Artistic Mediums
    With his travels and early painting success under his belt Tiffany returned home and began his first business venture in 1878. It was this business in which he began using his new technique of Favril glass. The predominate use of this glass at the time was to create decorative glass tiles. It was also during this time that Tiffany began creating some of his early stained glass panels
  • Rivalry In Stained Glass
    In the late 1800s Louis Comfort Tiffany and John LaFarge began experimenting with getting color and visual effects without having to paint the glass. Despite the fact the resulting opalescent glass was copyrighted by LaFarge it became synonymous with Tiffany and bears his name to this day. What was already a friendly competition between the two artists heated up to become one of the most heated rivalries of all time.
  • The History of Stained Glass Art Panels
    Stained glass panels have become synonymous with churches as religious murals for windows. But where did the use of artistic colored glass originate?

    Stained glass started out as a domestic luxury for wealthy Romans to use in villas and palaces. Not much is known about this era except for a few remains found around Pompeii.

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