How to Get Started with Your Church’s Antique Stained Glass Restoration Project

November 2, 2018 in Aggrigate, Church Stained Glass Restoration

Numerous churches across the United States are now seeing the signs of deterioration among their treasured, antique stained glass windows. Deterioration can present itself in a multitude of different ways– from cracked glass to missing glass pieces, disintegrating lead came, white film, and much more, these all signify that your religious stained glass is ready for restoration. Restoration is usually recommended when stained glass reaches the age of 75 years to 100 years old. It can definitely be an intimidating process, so we’re happy to help.

The Assessment of Stained Glass Restoration for Your Church’s Antique Stained Glass Windows

If you’re wondering how to get started on stained glass restoration, it all begins with identifying deterioration and determining if your stained glass is a candidate. Finding a trustworthy, well-experienced stained glass artisan is the next step. This stained glass repair studio should have numerous years of experience in addition to requiring an on-site assessment to determine project costs and timelines. If a stained glass studio offers you a quote without seeing your stained glass in person, this is not a good sign. Restoration estimates require in-person evaluation in order to properly determine the causes of deterioration in addition to creating a custom restoration plan. This simply cannot be done without an on-site assessment.

Benefits of Stained Glass Restoration for Church Antique Stained Glass Windows

Stained glass restoration offers so many benefits that any church can take advantage of. From preserving antique value to ensuring future generations are inspired as well, restoration can return your antique stained glass windows to their original condition. Many congregation members are shocked after re-installation of properly restored stained glass windows– the luminosity and vibrancy of colors are truly jaw-dropping. Restoration can add another 100 years to your stained glass’ lifespan.

For more information regarding stained glass restoration for your church’s antique stained glass, please contact us!

The History Of Stained Glass In the US

October 16, 2018 in Aggrigate, Church Stained Glass Restoration

American Stained Glass

As you likely well know, stained glass is a very old form of art dating back over a thousand years. The stained glass in our country obviously not quite that old but does have a history nearly as long as the European settlers to the US.  Here at Church Stained Glass Restoration, we take great pride in our own rich history for over 25 years here in the US and wanted to enlighten our readers with a brief history of American stained glass.

Church Stained Glass:  The Beginning Of Stained Glass In The US

Although glass making was first set up in Jamestown in 1607– the industry did not stick.  However, the first record of church stained glass is much later is not surprisingly a reference to an unpaid invoice for stained glass on a local chapel.  It is not surprising since church stained glass has long played a role in stained glass proliferation. The first reference to church stained glass is a complaint written by an enterprising stained glass artist named Duyckingh requesting a payment of 2.5 beavers as payment for church stained glass he had installed. However, it would be quite a while from here before stained glass on churches and homes took hold in  America due to declining trends and the expense of glass in the new world

Innovations In Church And Home Stained Glass In The US

It is around 1857 with the establishment of J&R Lamb Studios in New York City that we really see stained glass catch hold..  This was the first major decorative arts studio in the United States and for quite a few years they produced the majority of the ecclesiastical stained glass.

From here on we see stained glass in the US grow and a real push towards innovation with renowned American craftsman like:

John La Farge (1835–1910): He Invented opalescent glass and received a U.S. patent for it in 1880

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933): He Received a number of patents for variations of the opalescent process and is rumored to have invented the copper foil method as an alternative to lead.  This can be seen extensively in Tiffany windows, lamps and other decorations.

Charles J. Connick (1875-1945):  Founded his Boston studio in 1913 and was heavily influenced by his study of medieval stained glass in Europe. Connick created hundreds of windows throughout the USA, including major glazing schemes at Princeton University Chapel and at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Memorial Chapel.

All of these artists and many more led to the creation of many beautiful stained glass cathedrals, churches and a lot of the home stained glass we see here in the United States today.  For more information on stained glass for your home or church or for stained glass restoration contact us at Church Stained Glass Restoration today.

 

 

 

Bingham Lutheran Church Restoration Project

September 24, 2018 in Aggrigate, Church Stained Glass Restoration

Our dedicated team of stained glass artisans recently completed a stained glass restoration project for Bingham Lutheran Church. This quaint church is located in Nebraska and houses eight donated stained glass windows that were each donated by a local family that all reside in the small community. Bingham Lutheran Church reached out to us with concerns regarding the exterior appearance of their stained glass windows that were installed 70 years ago. After conducting our thorough assessment of their religious antique stained glass, we were able to determine the causes of deterioration and create a custom-tailored restoration plan.

Before picture of Bingham Lutheran Church’s stained glass window from the exterior.

Stained Glass Restoration Process for Bingham Lutheran Church

Our on-site assessment found that the plexiglass that was installed on the exterior of the stained glass windows were the root cause of deterioration. The exterior wood framing that caused initial concern required fresh paint and minor restoration work, but the plexiglass had caused warping of the stained glass itself. The permanent plexiglass also made the wood framing inaccessible for regular upkeep. We determined that their eight stained glass windows would require restoration within the next ten years. After providing a cost-benefit analysis of what the restoration project would cost now versus in five years, Bingham Lutheran Church decided to save about 20% by being proactive and completing the restoration now.

Bingham Lutheran Church reached out to each of the families that had donated the stained glass windows for fundraising efforts. Each family decided to fund the restoration costs for the original window they donated. In an effort to keep costs down, the church formed a workgroup to conduct the restorations of the exterior window frames while we restored their stained glass back at our repair studio. By sanding, painting, and staining the window frames, the church was able to save $12,000.

Stained Glass Restoration Results for Bingham Lutheran Church

We were able to successfully restore all eight windows and reinstall them in 12 weeks. By removing the plexiglass and replacing it with a clear plate glass that was directly installed in front of the stained glass, the exterior wood frames are now on a regular five-year paint cycle. The clear plate glass also allows access for regular upkeep and won’t trap in heat. Now Bingham Lutheran Church’s newly restored stained glass windows can continue to inspire their community for at least another hundred years.

After picture once the restoration of Bingham Lutheran Church’s stained glass and wood frames were completed.

For more information regarding religious stained glass restoration for your church, please contact us!

Does the Stained Glass in My Church Really Need Repair?

August 8, 2018 in Church Stained Glass Restoration

Houses of worship are meant to provide a physical connection between the congregation and their religious inspiration, encouraging beautiful, meaningful prayer and worship as much inspired by the beauty of our church’s surroundings as we are by the words of our community’s religious leaders. Stained glass often serves as a focal point, but eventually, stained glass repair is required to maintain the pristine appearance of your church. But how can you tell when your church needs stained glass repair?

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The Basic Steps We Take to Restore Stained Glass in Churches, Temples, and Synagogues

June 11, 2018 in Aggrigate, Church Stained Glass Restoration

As most of the religious stained glass in churches, temples, and synagogues across the nation reach the age range of 75 to 100 years, it’s vital to start considering restoration in order to continue treasuring these beautiful antique pieces. Our accredited religious stained glass restoration process can add another 100 years to your stained glass’ lifespan. Your congregation and generations-to-come will thank you for restoring these relevant works of art that can be pertinent to the worship process.
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Religious Stained Glass Repair: Where to Begin?

May 7, 2018 in Aggrigate, Church Stained Glass Restoration

Unlike repair services that simply fix damage and add protection, religious stained glass repair involves more than just patching up broken stained glass. It requires an eye for detail and a commitment to maintaining as much of the original stained glass as possible, preserving your church’s most iconic works of stained glass for present and future generations to appreciate. It can be a daunting task to tackle, so it helps to know where to begin.

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How Long Does it Take to Restore Stained Glass in Historic Churches?

May 4, 2018 in Aggrigate, Church Stained Glass Restoration

Proper restoration is required in order to preserve the beautiful religious stained glass featured throughout historic churches across the nation. These antique stained glass pieces begin to showcase sever signs of deterioration and age around the 75 year to 100 year mark. As these stained glass panels reach this age, it’s important for churches to begin considering restoration. Although restoration can be a quite lengthy, time-consuming process, it can actually add another 100 years to your stained glass’ life and increase your church’s property equity.

Historic Church Stained Glass Restoration Process

Our local stained glass artisans begin restoration by visiting your historic church to conduct an assessment of your stained glass needs and priorities. This assessment determines underlying causes of deterioration, cost-benefit analysis, as well as project length and cost. Once you’ve decided to undergo restoration, we transport your stained glass windows back to our repair studio. Your stained glass windows are then bathed in our proprietary soap blend for up to two weeks. This process delicately removes any dirt or impurities built up from the last century and also allows us to remove the stained glass piece-by-piece. We then repair or replace every damaged piece of glass with a corresponding, matching one. This is either found in our inventory or custom blown. We also responsibly remove the lead came and replace it with a new mixture of lead and tin for optimal strength. This part of restoration can take up to two weeks, especially if there are hand painted features that need to be replicated and baked in our kiln. Your stained glass is then set with black cement to ensure durability. The entire process can take over a month for restoration.

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Re-Installation of Your Restored Church Stained Glass

We re-install your newly restored stained glass with reinforcement bars or with an additional piece of glass if recommended in the assessment. You’ll be shocked by the luminosity and beauty of your original stained glass!

For more information regarding historic church stained glass restoration, please contact us or call: (720) 835-2165

Repair Or Replace? Which Is Better For Your Church’s Stained Glass

April 24, 2018 in Aggrigate, Church Stained Glass Restoration

Should My Church Have Its Stained Glass Restored Or Replaced?

When it comes down to whether or not it is worth the sometimes long and expensive repair process to repair your church’s stained glass, it really comes down to being a case by case situation with a number of factors that churches must consider. There is no “one or “right” answer, and the decision lies with the church staff and congregation as a whole, who have carefully weighed each option. However, to help you better understand what is at stake when your church is beginning restoration talks, we have outlined a few things to think about.

Consider The Monetary Value Of Your Church’s Stained Glass

Stained Glass is as beautiful as it is valuable. This is especially true because value can come from a variety of areas. However, the actual monetary value is something to consider. In terms of value, many things play a factor in the estimated cost of your stained glass. Things like condition, age, and artisan all play their part. However, a general rule of thumb is– a restored original piece of antique stained glass will be about 4X more valuable than that of a new/replaced piece.

Consider The Sentimental Value Of your Church’s Stained Glass

If you have old stained glass in your church, it is likely true that there have been a fair share of blessed events under its beautiful light. There are those in your church who were married beneath them and others who said their final goodbyes. In cases like this, where you have many parishioners who cherish the glass for sentimental reasons, no monetary amount will replace them, so restoration may be a good idea.

Consider The Historical Value Of Your Church’s Stained Glass

Beyond the monetary or sentimental value, may lie value of a historical nature, depending on the time period it was created or craftsman who created your glass. Glass made in the early 20th century is very well and uniquely crafted and holds deep historical value in regards to early American history. If your church’s stained glass is still in relatively good repair and intact, it may have been made by a stained glass master of the time, its value is significantly higher, historically speaking.

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For more information on the value of your church’s stained glass or to find out if restoration might be right for your congregation, contact Church Stained Glass Restoration today!

The Importance of Cleaning and Strengthening Your Church’s Stained Glass

April 11, 2018 in Church Stained Glass Restoration

Church stained glass often portrays really meaningful imagery for congregation members. The beautiful thing about religious stained glass is the way it can carry individualized messages pertinent to each worshipper and their personal worshipping process. These elegant, antique works of art are usually one-of-a-kind and held sacred to each church. That’s why proper preservation, through cleaning and strengthening, is so important to keep up with. When you consistently keep up with your stained glass’ needs, it can last for centuries, prolonging product life as well as prolonging the period of time required between restorations.
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