I was recently asked if I had ever seen the Bottle House on Prince Edward Island. “Never did! I’ll Google it.” I googled ‘bottle house’ and got more than Prince Edward Island. There are a lot! They are amazing.
Here is the one on PEI
This house is in Ripley’s Believe It or Not and in 1000 Places to See Before You Die. It is made of 30,000 bottles. The house was built in 1980 by Edouard Arsenault. The gardens are beautiful and the village contains a gift shop, a tavern, a chapel and a six-gabled house.
The Six Gabled House
In addition to the PEI bottle house, there are others. This one is in Argentina and is made from plastic bottles.
This next one is in Utigawe
This one is in Nepal
THAT’S WHAT YOU CALL UPCYCLING!
The Kennebec Journal recently visited Stained Glass Express to discuss the stained glass window restoration project currently underway here for the Lithgow Library in Augusta, Maine. SGE was hired June 2015 to restore 32 windows. Each leaded, stained glass window will be completely restored as part of the renovation and addition to the public library.
Have a look at the article! Click here.
Two windows made for and installed in Thorndike Congregational Church
Know Your Glass – Restoration Glass
SGE currently stocks four types of restoration glass. They are many more manufactured.
Restoration glass is trying to reproduce glass that was trying for uniform thickness and distortion free glass but not being successful. Before the current float method (floating molten glass on top of a ribbon of molten metal), glass was produced using a machine to draw the glass from its molten state into sheets. The result was some distortion. There was also a method where glass was mouth blown into cylinders and then flattened into sheets. This method resulted in some distortion and imperfections.
Different types of restoration glass try to reproduce these looks.
Colonial clear antique.This is manufactured by St. Just. It is mouth blown. It replicates glass made pre-1900s. The sheet size varies but is usually 36”x36”. There is a light waviness in the glass and has an occasional seed or bubble. There are minor variations in the thickness and the flatness. It is not temperable.
Krosno Light Restoration. Manufactured by Krosno Capital Group. It is mouth blown. It replicates glass made pre-1900. Sheet size varies but is usually 36”x36”. There is a light waviness in the glass and it has an occasional seed or bubble. There are minor variations in the thickness and the flatness. It is not temperable.
Clear GNA restoration. Manufactured by Schott. It is the vertical draw method known as machine drawn. It replicates glass made 1900-1950. The sheet size varies but is usually 40”x30”. There is very light waviness and some directional draw lines are visible. No seeds or bubbles. There is good consistency in the thickness and the flatness. It is not temperable.
Clear Vintage. Manufactured by Spectrum Glass—discontinued in 2013. We still have some sheets and suppliers still have some sheets. It is a machine made glass. There are some directional machine lines, no waviness, seeds or bubbles. There is good consistency in the thickness and the flatness. Could probably be tempered.
This stained glass window from Stained Glass Express was recently built and installed for Thorndike Congregational Church. The window consists of four separate windows and features two painted glass medallions. Measures approximately 96″ high and 93″ wide.
This set of residential front door windows was recently completed at The Studio at Stained Glass Express.
Design and construction by artist Lucie Boucher.
Here is a picture of one of our customers picking up the stained glass that we cut here to fit his new cabinet doors. The glass is Spectrum Clear/White Wispy.
Stained glass has many uses in a residence, the most popular being cabinet doors. The options range from custom designs to a wide assortment of clear textured glass. Complete details can be found here. Our clear textures can be viewed in our online store.
We will be doing some glass repair and reinforcement work on this lamp. The bottom diameter is approximately 3 feet!
A few weeks ago, we shared a picture of a stained glass window built here at The Studio by artist Lucie Boucher. Here are a couple of pictures of the window installed at the client’s residence. Click on the picture to see a full view.