Dalle de Verre is a lovely artistic form that adds instant color and personality to any room. This bold, eye-catching stained glass style uses thick slabs of faceted glass to refract light and color and has a similar aesthetic to mosaic and abstract compositions. We are proud to be the trusted Dalle de Verre experts in Colorado Springs, offering Dalle Glass restoration, repair, and design.
What Is Dalle Glass?
Dalle Glass is an abstract style of stained glass. The term “Dalle de Verre” comes from France and means “slabs of glass.” The glass used is much thicker than normal stained glass windows. The technique was originally created by Jean Gaudin in 1930, a famous Parisian artist who had a strong passion for mosaics.
Dalle Glass is produced by cutting out shapes from colored slabs of glass. These slabs are usually about 1 inch thick or greater. The glass is shaped, then enhanced around the edges using a chisel and hammer. This produces a faceted aesthetic and helps the glass catch light from various angles. The perfected pieces are then arranged in a design on a bed of flat sand. Next, a mortar is produced by pouring epoxy onto the sand. More sand is added (often a darker color) to fill in the remaining spaces and give the composition a finished look.
Dalle de Verre Restoration & Repair
In the U.S., Dalle Glass was very popular in the 1960s and 70s. Many of the works produced at this time are now reaching an age where they are about 50-60 years old and are beginning to show the initial signs of deterioration. We have found that one of the most common issues with Dalle Glass is that the epoxy mortar gets damaged due to the settling of the building and begins to crumble and fall out. Sometimes, pieces of glass also crack from the pressure or because of exposure to heat, moisture, and the elements.
Our Dalle de Verre restoration services offer Colorado Springs residents and businesses a way to preserve their beloved artwork. During this process, we removed the glass, cut out the pieces, and replace the epoxy. This strengthens the composition and considerably improves its appearance.
Colorado Springs’ Dalle Glass Experts
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