Dalle de verre stained glass windows are perhaps some of the most coveted works of art existing today. These brilliant mosaics feature a blaze of colors, enchanting designs, and rich texture. But are all types of Dalle de Verre stained glass the same? Our Kansas City experts tell us no. In fact, there are a few different types of Dalle de Verre. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most popular and well-known styles.
What Are the Most Common Types of Dalle Stained Glass?
Nov 12, 2019
If you have seen Dalle stained glass around here in the Kansas City area you probably love it as much as we do. A type of stained glass made with cement or epoxy joints rather than lead caming–it is wonderful to see this sturdy type of stained glass art both indoors and out. Another cool thing about Dalle stained glass is that is was created rather recently. Reaffirming our belief that stained glass truly is timeless. Since it is a more modern form of stained glass works, its origins are fairly well recorded and it is interesting to watch how this style spread like wildfire across the world in only a few decades.
Where Dalle Stained Glass Was First Made
The very first Dalle faceted windows were produced in France following World War I. It seems an obscured artist collaborated with a french glass shop to have these cement and stained glass panels created for a commission. Soon after this type of stained glass is seen in French architect Auguste Perret’s work. He used it to create faceted glass concrete walls in the Notre-Dame du Raincy church in a Paris suburb. Soon after, many French artists began using faceted glass in their architectural projects. Many of which were churches.
Jean Gaudin is given credit for fully developing the technique. He would have large Slabs of colored glass, up to 1.25” thick poured then shaped by breaking with a hammer or cutting with a saw. The edges of the resulting pieces would sometimes be chipped to increase the faceted effects. He then laid out the glass pieces into a traditional stained-glass design in a framed bed of sand. The substrate of sand and cement or epoxy resin was then poured between the glass pieces. When it dried and clean it resulted in thicker, studier glass and frames with enchantingly deeper color effects However, it wasn’t until the1950s and 1960s that this glass really came into prominence.
Dalle de Verre Stained Glass In the 1950s and 60s
Dalle de Verre spread first to the UK and was brought there by a man named Pierre Fourmaintraux. He trained Dom Charles Norris in the technique, a Dominican Friar who went on to become one of the biggest proponents of Dalle de Verre. His work can be seen incorporated into several Modernist Catholic churches today. Although early Dalle US installations were made earlier in the century, Cathedral of St. Joseph where Jean Barillet created 26 windows that were each 67 feet high and 13 1/2 feet wide around 1959. These windows arguably kicked off the Dalle de Verre stained glass period in the US.
Sadly, this type of stained glass fell out of favor in the 1970s. This was in part because of changing aesthetic changes but also because the glass was sometimes subject to structural problems over time. The size, weight and difficult to remove the cement matrix in which the glass sat posed challenges to restoration
Here at Kansas City Stained Glass or any of our nationwide locations we are able to work on and restore you Dalle stained glass to preserve a piece of history. Contact us today for more information.
Nov 10, 2019
Did you know that you can incorporate painted glass into any stained glass project? Painted elements can add beauty and distinction, creating visual interest in one-of-a-kind art. Painted glass can provide gorgeous detail work only achievable through this medium. Perfect for family crests, portraits, landscapes, and more, painted glass is perfect for any holiday gift. The painted glass process requires a lot of skill and patience but can be executed by the right stained glass studio.
Nov 05, 2019
If you have Dalle de Verre stained glass on your Kansas City home or commercial property it is likely a real head-turner. This is because it is so very stunning and one of a kind. These mosaic stained glass artworks are made with thick plate glass which is then cut to various sizes. The glass can be smooth or strategically chipped on the surface to add facets. Regardless of how it is finished this type of glass is a work of art. Since Dalle stained glass sits outside most of the time and is exposed to the KC elements like wind, rain, hail, and heat it tends to get damaged frequently. Structurally the glass can take the abuse–since it’s epoxy base is very strong. However, keeping it looking good long term is a different type of challenge. Therefore, not only can Dalle stained glass be repaired but these repairs are needed more often because of its exposure to the elements.
How is Dalle Stained Glass Repaired?
To get an idea about the upcoming repairs for your KC Dalle stained glass you must first understand how it is made. Dalle stained glass is made from thicker slabs of glass (the term actually translates to “slab of glass” in french). Then cut into pieces, the glass is held together by epoxy dyed to give a mortared appearance. This means the structure is incredibly strong and holds Dalle de Verre glass in place quite securely. While this is good for strength against the elements, this tough epoxy is problematic during restoration or repairs. After we get your window to our studio we have to carefully hand-chisel the mortar-like epoxy substance. This is an incredibly labor-intensive process but one that is needed to allow us to clean and repair the glass injured by the elements. Once these repairs are done, we place the glass pieces in a custom-built box filled with sand in the exact layout we found it. We then pour fresh, dyed epoxy. After polishing the painstakingly restored Dalle stained glass window to an eye-catching luster, we reinstall it at your location.
Kansas City Stained Glass for Your Dalle de Verre Stained Glass Restoration
One thing is for sure–you will be amazed at the lustrous look of your newly repaired Dalle stained glass! However, this will only come about if you go with an experienced professional, like us here at Kansas City Stained Glass. We have repaired quite a bit of this type of stained glass and know exactly how to finesse these challenging structures. Contact us today for more information on the Dalle de Verre stained glass repair process and to schedule an assessment of your glass.
Oct 14, 2019
Kansas City was a pioneer town back in the day and because of this, some stores here have stained glass dating back to the early 1900s. Stained glass from this era is usually due for restoration. Why? Because stained glass made at the turn and early 20th century were built to last about 80-100 years before needing major repairs. If you have stained glass in your KC retail location, this could mean a couple of things. First, it is probably time to get your retail location’s stained glass repaired if you want it to last another 100 years. Secondly, the stained glass in your Kansas City store could have historical value to consider when contemplating the value and cost of repairs. But where does one even begin on the restoration of historical retail stained glass? We have that answer below.
Determining If Your Retail Stained Glass Needs Restoration
Examine Your Store’s Stained Glass
The first step on your restoration journey is to take a good look at your stained glass to get an idea of its surface appearance. This means looking to see if there are any chips, cracks or missing pieces. Also, examine the caming (the lead strips that connect the glass panels). Is it chipped and brittle? Or does it look saggy? These are all signs that tell you the stained glass in your Kansas City retail spot may need repair.
Have A Professional Access Your Stained Glass
The next thing to do is to have a professional do an actual assessment of your stained glass. They will take a much deeper look at the glass, leading and, most critically, the structural elements. They will be able to see things you may have missed like concave windows or micro-fissures. They will also be able to write up an estimate of time and cost. This will be important for the next step.
Talk To Your Investors and Employees
Once you know exactly what is wrong with your stained glass, how much it will cost to repair and how long it will take, the next step is to talk to those invested in your store. This could mean everything from investors to partners and staff. Since employees may have to take a bit of time off during restoration–talking to them about the process is important. Most of the time we here at Scottish are not at all intrusive but preparing interested parties is key to a successful stained glass restoration.
For more information on retail stained glass or stained glass restoration in Kansas City, contact us at Kansas City Stained Glass today!
Oct 11, 2019
When buying a custom home or renovating an old one, the best part is that it is all yours to do with what you wish. This means you can make your home interiors and exteriors exactly what you have always imagined them to be. There are many different additions to choose from to customize your home to your needs and wants. One such addition for your KC custom home or remodel is–stained glass. Stained glass is a wonderful home feature that allows for amazing form and function. While beauty is the most sought after function of stained glass, there are several other benefits of stained glass in Kansas City custom homes too.
Benefits of Stained Glass For Kansas City Custom Homes
Stained Glass For More Privacy
We have found one of the biggest reasons people want stained glass in custom homes or remodels is to get more privacy. As this city grows, neighbors seem to be closer on all sides. This makes for a very real need for modern privacy solutions. Stained glass is just the solution Kansas City folks need. By installing custom stained glass in windows critical to privacy like bathroom, entryway, and bedroom windows, you get the level of privacy you want without sacrificing a bit of style!
Stained Glass For Increased Resale Value
When it comes to long-term effects of add-ons in custom homes, nothing makes more of an impact than custom stained glass. While it may cost you a little more upfront, stained glass will pay off big time when you go to sell. In fact, stained glass usually appraises for 10x the initial cost or more. Additionally, when you are showing your Kansas City home, stained glass windows will help it sell faster –since they make for excellent curb appeal.
Stained Glass For One-of-a-Kind Aesthetics
If you are buying a custom home here in Kansas City or remodeling an older one to be just what you want, you likely value uniqueness. Nothing works as well for facilitating unique charm than stained glass. It is a way to express your artistic vision and install something that will stand out more than any other decorative element. Regardless of whether you are looking for something from a certain era like a Mid-century modern stained glass entryway window or something 100% unique like a modern stained glass room divider–stained glass is the way to get a custom home accent completely tailored to your needs and wants.
For more information on stained glass for your custom-built or renovated Kansas City home, contact us at Kansas City Stained Glass today!
Oct 09, 2019
Kansas City is a town filled with tons of charming historic buildings, from old libraries to even older churches. Many restaurants and cafes have taken up shop in some of these historic properties and are now charged with the task of preserving them. Stained glass windows are a common feature of historic buildings, though they must be properly looked after and cared for in order to ensure their preservation. Stained glass restoration enables Kansas City restaurants with the ability to preserve and keep alive one of the most elegant features in their historic building, thus preserving its character.
Oct 03, 2019
A lot of hotels utilize stained glass for its visual interest, creating gorgeous features that attract new guests while assisting in retaining more. Some of the hotels here in Kansas City have stunning historical stained glass features that play such a crucial role in visual marketing. When you start to notice deterioration or damage to your stained glass, it is important to start the restoration process before it’s too late. Finding the right stained glass studio can make all the difference.
Choosing the Right Stained Glass Studio for Your Hotel Restoration Project
Restoration does take a certain amount of skill and experience in order to properly execute. When you notice signs of deterioration, the more proactive you are, the more money and resources you can save. Taking the time to conduct research on prospective stained glass studios can help you find the right contractor for the job. We always recommend asking for client referrals for projects of similar size. Also, it is important to note that no project estimates should be given over the phone– restoration quotes require an in-person evaluation. If any stained glass studio gives you estimates over the phone without taking a look at your project, we recommend going with a different studio. The right contractor will be able to provide references, a portfolio, and an in-person assessment.
Work with Kansas City’s Leading Hotel Stained Glass Restoration Studio
Kansas City Stained Glass is honored to be the leading hotel stained glass restoration studio serving the Missouri area. We understand the ins and outs of any hotel project, and can provide numerous solutions for addressing these concerns. Our team of stained glass artisans is some of the best in the nation, providing incredible artistic skill.
For more information regarding stained glass restoration for your hotel, please contact us!
Sep 12, 2019
When you think about stained glass it is something you like see towering chapel windows or a brightly clad entryway depicting saints. However, stained glass is so much more! Especially modern stained glass. For you homes here in KC and across the country there is a home design trend hitting the country- bold, contemporary stained glass. It is all the rage and it makes perfect sense given the timeless geometric patterns–common to stained glass. Modern stained glass designs can be as intricate or minimal–whatever you choose. Incorporating a ton of color or very little–it’s all up to you. It truly is ubiquitous meaning the possibilities for stained glass are endless for homes today. Check out some of the best Pinterest images we found for inspiration.
Kitchen Cabinet Stained Glass
Kitchens are where families and guests spend a lot of time. So, when it comes to designing a modern, inviting kitchen–stained glass is the way to go! Just look at how simple, but stylish, the stained glass kitchen cupboard is below. The clear glass gives it a minimal feel and lets you see inside. But the elegant sweeping accent blocks the clutter and gives it a bit of color and character. This type of look–will never go out of style.
Modern Stained Glass Dividers
For a way to block off a part of your home in style or to create a high-fashion enclosed area –stained glass is the key. Just like the lovely room divider below– a brilliant piece of abstract art. From geometric to abstract and minimalist to full of life–a stained glass room divider modern takes your home goes from ordinary to intriguing. Plus, the stained glass can be fully or semi-private. So you can create a space for a home office area or reading nook that isn’t completely closed off from the rest of your home.
Modern Stained Glass Bathroom Windows
Traditional stained glass has always been a fantastic privacy solution for stained glass. And modern stained glass is too. Whether bright and bold or colorless–stained glass in bathrooms always fits the bill These windows are simply stunning, ubiquitous to home designs of all types and are the perfect solution to modernize your Kansas City home!
For more information on modern stained glass for your Kansas City home, reach out to us at Kansas City Stained Glass today!
Sep 09, 2019
When you imagine your dream home, what do you picture? It’s probably not a small, dark space with zero natural light. But striking the right balance between light and privacy is easier said than done. Curtains and blinds on every window can leave you feeling like you live in the bat cave.
The solution? Bathroom stained glass! Kansas City homeowners can use bathroom stained glass to tastefully create privacy without blocking light. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for using leaded glass windows in modern and interesting ways.