Category Archives: Custom Work and Restoration

Custom work and restoration by Stained Glass Express

BOTTLE BUILDINGS!

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 Chapel:

The Bar

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!

 

 

 

Update on the Lithgow Library Restoration Project

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.

 

Studio Work at Stained Glass Express

Two windows made for and installed in Thorndike Congregational Church

 

Tips from the Glass Academy: Know Your Glass – Restoration Glass

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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. 

We stock:

IFAMAICO

IFAMAICO

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.

CG120  Krosno

CG120

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.

GNA Restover

GNA RESTOVER

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.

SP100VIN

SP100VIN

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.

Custom Glass Cutting at SGE

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.

Stained Glass Express Custom Glass Cutting_Cabinet Doors_Clear and White Wispy

Lamp Repair at The Studio

We will be doing some glass repair and reinforcement work on this lamp. The bottom diameter is approximately 3 feet!

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Brownville Community Church

Brownville Community Church

Brownville Community Church

We have been doing work on the Brownville Community Church since 2010. The most recent work was repairs to the two windows that are next to the entrance at the top of the ramp. We also put Lexan on the windows that are on the back of the church so it may be used during the winter months. Over the years, we have completed several projects: repairs to the windows in the tower, repairs to windows that received ice damage and the creation of a memorial plaque.

We have also done restoration work on a total of 13 of the windows to keep them fresh and maintained.

Residential Stained Glass Window Installed…

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.