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    A Closer Look at Retail Redesign Using Stained Glass for Alter’d State

A Closer Look at Retail Redesign Using Stained Glass for Alter’d State

Many commercial properties don’t consider stained glass for decorative elements or brand awareness opportunities. Stained glass actually presents countless creative opportunities in addition to creative ways to really enhance the guest experience. People often think of colorful, intricate stained glass pieces in churches or pubs, but stained glass is actually available in any style you’re looking for. Altar’d State, a national, faith-based retailer, has taken advantage of stained glass for all of its incredible benefits during the redesign of many of their locations.
The Benefits of Custom Commercial Stained Glass in Alter’d State Stores
With over 100 national locations, Altar’d State has dedicated their company to revolutionize the retail experience. With a high attention to the buyer experience, Altar’d State delivers a very differentiated retail process with incredible attention to detail and aesthetics. Custom commercial stained glass in these locations have a contemporary design that makes their properties look bright and welcoming. The leaded glass storefronts offer buyers a bit of privacy, obscuring some of the views into the store. Leaded glass storefront elements offer significant visual interest, often leading to higher rates of potential customer attraction as well as retained guests. With custom leaded glass features inside the store as well, buyers can enjoy beautiful pieces of art that also function as privacy solutions for guest changing rooms.
Custom Commercial Stained Glass for Colorado Springs Retail Stores
Colorado Springs Stained Glass is honored to be the custom commercial stained glass specialists serving the Colorado Springs area. We’ve proudly completed the Altar’d State Boulder location and have other incredible commercial project portfolio items that we’d love to share with you. Custom commercial stained glass can offer incredible benefits for buyer experience and property value.

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    A Closer Look at Marc Chagall Stained Glass Around the World

A Closer Look at Marc Chagall Stained Glass Around the World

Marc Chagall is perhaps one of the most famous and influential stained glass artisans to have ever existed. Chagall’s work is showcased in venues and museums around the world and has been praised for centuries by critics and art lovers alike. While Chagall worked with many mediums, stained glass was one he excelled with greatly. His attention to detail, use of color, and consideration of natural light give Chagall’s stained glass windows a distinct beauty and appearance unlike any other in the world. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the prominent themes in Chagall’s stained glass work as well as some of his most notable contributions.

Frank Lloyd Wright Stained Glass Contributions

The Beautiful Design Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright
The Frank Lloyd Wright name probably makes you think of lovely homes from the ’50s with lovely straight lines and bold colors but perhaps not stained glass windows.  But, as it turns out. Frank Lloyd Wright was a stained glass artist and a prolific one at that. Although he is most known for his architectural feats and the originator of the “Mid-century Modern”  style, his design sense also spanned into various mediums– like stained glass.
Frank Lloyd Wright The Stained Glass Artist
Frank Lloyd Wright accomplished quite a bit in his 70-year design career.  Not only did he make a profoundly lasting mark on the American design scape but also worked wonders with stained glass too.  All of his designs, stained glass, architectural and otherwise, are still relevant today almost 100 years later. But his stained glass work is simply inspired–and prolific as well–he designed well over 4,000 leaded glass windows and doors for over 150 of his buildings.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Stained Glass Style
Wright created stained glass not just for windows but for doors, skylights, backlit ceiling panels, table lamps, and wall sconces too.  The reason for his incredible success in the stained glass arena was that he bucked tradition. He didn’t think of stained glass as lead and glass but rather referred to them as “light screens”.  He likened them to Japanese shoji screens. This is apparent in his work since he arranged his windows in bands–not unlike shoji screens. Wright also used zinc-or copper-plated came configuration, while all others of the time were still using traditional lead.  This allowed him to create geometric representations of natural elements such as plants, trees, flowers, [...]

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    Questions to Ask Before You Begin your Stained Glass Restoration Project in Colorado Springs

Questions to Ask Before You Begin your Stained Glass Restoration Project in Colorado Springs

While many churches today contain stained glass windows, few churches are equipped with knowledge about stained glass restoration in Colorado Springs. This is due partly to the fact that stained glass is such an old art form, and one that’s not practiced very commonly today, that most people today simply aren’t aware of how to take care of it and preserve it. The other reason is that there are very few studios that are actually qualified to conduct a process as intensive as stained glass restoration. For this reason, many churches neglect to get the repairs they need for their stained glass before its too late. This is extremely unfortunate since antique stained glass is such a rarity. Once it has been damaged extensively and the pieces begin to fall out and shatter, the stained glass is at risk of being lost forever.
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    Questions to Ask Before You Begin Your Stained Glass Restoration Project in Colorado Springs

Questions to Ask Before You Begin Your Stained Glass Restoration Project in Colorado Springs

Religious stained glass plays such a crucial role among communities, providing historical, sentimental, and inspirational value. When these significant features begin to deteriorate and require restoration, it is important for Colorado Springs churches to know what questions they need to ask prior to their project. The outcome of your restoration project strongly rests on finding the right stained glass studio.
Understanding the Scope of Work for Religious Stained Glass Restoration
Stained glass restoration is a highly technical process that requires a lot of skill, training, and experience. In order to extend the lifespan of your stained glass for another 100 to 200 years without another restoration, finding the right contractor is key. When searching for your stained glass studio, it is vital to ask for a few references, portfolio pieces that reflect past jobs that are similar in size, as well as an on-site assessment. It is important to understand that stained glass studios aren’t able to provide a quote without conducting an on-site evaluation of your stained glass. If you encounter a studio that provides you an estimate over the phone, we recommend not choosing that contractor. An on-site assessment is the only way to evaluate the underlying root causes of damage, custom-tailored restoration plan, project timeline, and project estimate. While it is possible to evaluate the value of your stained glass over the phone, that is the only thing that is possible not in person.

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Choosing the Right Colorado Springs Stained Glass Studio
Colorado Springs Stained Glass is honored to be the renowned stained glass studio serving the Colorado Springs area with our illustrious restoration process. We’ve helped church communities throughout [...]

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    How To Get Started with Stained Glass Restoration Fundraising in Colorado Springs

How To Get Started with Stained Glass Restoration Fundraising in Colorado Springs

Ideas On Fundraising For Your Colorado Springs Church Stained Glass Restoration
Through our years and our extensive experiences restoring stained glass across the country, we have found the biggest impediment to churches getting their stained glass windows restored is lack of funds.  This is true for Colorado Springs churches too. By and large, most churches don’t have thousands of dollars readily available for these types of costly projects. However, we, Colorado Springs Stained Glass, often guide churches into avenues for funding. In fact, we have given advice to many churches and seen them successfully navigate the stained glass restoration fundraising process as a result. Below are a few tips on how to where to begin the process and a couple of pointers on where to look for funds.  We are also happy to brainstorm with your Colorado Springs church when we meet with you to help you tap into local resources not outlined here.
Tap Into Your Chuch’s Enthusiastic Volunteer Resources
To begin the process of fundraising for your church stained glass restoration,  choosing the right church members to spearhead the project is essential. Those who are most supportive and enthusiastic about the process are always a good idea because these wonderful people will be heavily relied on throughout the process. It is critical, therefore, to involve energetic people with a positive attitude.  
Decide Where You Want To Seek Out Funding
Some churches only want to get stained glass restoration funds from within the church.  In cases like these, there are often wealthy patrons to choose from. However, for smaller churches, ones that may not have deep-pocketed members,  seeking outside help is a must. Should you decide to look outside your church, be [...]

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    Restoration Advice For Colorado Springs Churches With Vintage Stained Glass

Restoration Advice For Colorado Springs Churches With Vintage Stained Glass

Church And Chapel Stained Glass Restoration In Colorado Springs
Church stained glass windows can take the breath away of sinner and saint alike with their beauty and grandeur. Stained glass is one of the oldest art forms in the world, and found its way over to North America in the early 1600s. While most of these historic examples of stained glass are no longer around, many churches in the United States, and even right here in Colorado Springs exist to bring to life the stories of the Holy Bible. The churches in Colorado Spring with stained glass windows have a special task when church stained glass restoration may be necessary.

With the very specific and important task of restoring church stained glass there comes a few guidelines:

Avoid any work that is deemed unnecessary; in fact, scratched or damaged glass can often be left unrepaired and the integrity of the window will stay intact.
Whenever possible, the original artist’s work and medium should be respected and preserved.
Replacing old glass with new should be an extreme last resort. When it is deemed essential, only a highly-skilled glass-painter should be employed for the job.
If there is vandalism or accidental damage, and the glass is broken, the shards and fragments should be carefully collected and stored. In some cases, they can be pieced back together. To protect against vandalism, consider installing stainless steel wire guards around the windows.
Take photos. Many insurance companies require a photographic record, plus it will help in the church stained glass restoration efforts.
If the interior of the stained glass is dirty, dusty, or cloudy, a gentle cleaning with a soft, dry brush is permissible. But [...]

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    Why You Should Decorate Your Colorado Springs Home with Stained Glass

Why You Should Decorate Your Colorado Springs Home with Stained Glass

Thought stained glass windows were only for churches? Think again. Stained glass is the latest and greatest trend in home decor. In the last few years, stained glass windows have made a huge comeback. Many interior decorators and designers are finding clever ways to use stained glass in home interiors as a way of adding color, texture, and light. By decorating your home in Colorado Springs with stained glass, you can create a fashionable and unique look that makes an outstanding first impression.
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    Signs that Your Colorado Springs Church Stained Glass is Ready for Repair or Restoration

Signs that Your Colorado Springs Church Stained Glass is Ready for Repair or Restoration

Did you know that stained glass can actually last for centuries if it undergoes the proper periodic restorations? That’s how many of the historic stained glass pieces around the world have stayed intact for so many years. In order to ensure your treasured church stained glass stays in good condition for many generations, it is vital to understand the signs that indicate restoration is in order. There are numerous signifiers that showcase significant deterioration– being proactive about restorations can definitely save you more money in the long run while guaranteeing that no permanent damage happens.
How to Tell if Your Colorado Springs Religious Stained Glass Needs Repair or Restoration
Minor damage can happen at anytime. This type of damage doesn’t necessarily require restoration– however, timely repairs is always recommended before further damage occurs. Minor scratches can usually be buffed out while some more moderate damage may require repairs without removing your stained glass windows. When more considerable damage is apparent, these tend to be indicators that your stained glass is ready for restoration. If the lead came, the supporting frame, begins to soften, disintegrate, become mishapen, or no longer supports the glass pieces, then your church stained glass requires restoration. When it comes to the glass, if you notice warped shapes, concave or convex, missing pieces, cracks, etc., these are also signs that your stained glass needs restoration. If your stained glass has plexiglass, chances are that it probably needs restoration– plexiglass traps heat and leads to discoloration.
Get Expert Advice on Church Stained Glass Repairs and Restoration
If you’re uncertain if your stained glass needs repair, restoration, or replacement, get a second opinion from the experts. We’ve specialized in stained glass repairs and [...]

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    Churches With Restored Stained Glass That Are A Must See For Stained Glass Lovers

Churches With Restored Stained Glass That Are A Must See For Stained Glass Lovers

Restored Churches Review: First Congregational Church
Across this country, there are quite a few churches with simply astounding stained glass. One part of the US, New England, has quite a bit. One example is The First Congregational Church in Greenwich, CT which is home to some of the best restored stained glass window in the country. This restoration that took place back in 2008 and 2009 and today the windows are simply lovely. They also happen to be shining examples of work by numerous artists such as J&R Lamb Studios, Helen Sickles Hull and Marguerite Gaudin on top of that. As admirers of church stained glass and stained glass restoration ourselves, we, at Colorado Springs Stained Glass, have taken this blog to highlight this wonderful representation of them both. Read below to enjoy the lovely work housed in The First Congregation gorgeous church which is also available online in their virtual stained glass window tour on their website!
Chancel Stained Glass Window
Designed and made by Willet Studios in 1960 this stained glass window is both beautiful and inspirational. Beyond the fact that this window comes alive at sunset with gold highlights is the fact that this window’s intricate imagery represents spiritual icons and events from Palm Sunday to ash Wednesday and from Pentecost to all four gospel saints: Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John.
Tower Room Stained Glass Window
One window that stands out as being original is the Tower Entrance window pictured above. The delicate flowers are bold and the design one-of-a-kind compared to the other window in the room. This window is deeply meaningful too– it was dedicated by a family “In memory of Victor R. Denson 1893-1976 and Mary E. Denson [...]

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