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Spicing Up Windows With Decorative Glass

By HHI Staff

Decorative glass can be used to create beautiful and unexpected window treatments. Stained glass (generally, glass colored with metallic oxides fused through the entire depth of the glass), enameled glass (glass that’s been permanently surface-decorated using baked-on translucent or opaque glazes) and beveled glass (thick glass with angled edges) can be used by craftspeople or artists to meet your specific window needs.


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To find such a skilled glass worker, check your telephone directory’s classified section under Stained Glass or Windows. Of course, when you find a prospective artisan, you’ll want to see examples of his (or her) work before you agree to proceed, and make sure to get price and time estimates. You should be aware ahead of time that any one-of-a-kind creation will likely be expensive. As a rule, the larger and more complicated the design, and the more renowned the reputation of the glass worker, the higher the finished price will be. In addition, the cost will also depend on the types of glass actually used.

The Budget Versions

If you can’t afford an entire custom-made window, you might consider just hanging a small roundel (circular disk) or rectangular decorative glass panel. Many museum shops, art fairs and catalogs sell these at reasonable prices. Another option is to simply buy a single sheet of colored glass, or an antique panel of stained glass, and frame it with metal or wood. Once framed, you can securely hang it by a chain in front of the window glass. Not only can this provide your room with interest, it can increase your privacy as well. To find sheets of colored or stained glass, you’ll want to check at local glass stores and craft shops. Note that these stores are often able to cut the glass sheets to size for you.

Another relatively inexpensive option is to actually replace the clear glass in your window with a single sheet of opalescent or textured glass. Of course, this may involve some installation work using window putty. Unfortunately, these putties may prove bothersome to some sensitive individuals. Therefore, testing beforehand is important. However, most newly applied putty is not a significant problem because it is used primarily on the exterior side of the window.

Health Issues

Some stained, enameled or beveled-glass panels and roundels are held together with brass or copper foil or cames (grooved metal ribbons) and non-lead solder. However, a great many decorative glass items are created with lead came and lead solder. Lead, of course, is a toxic heavy metal. It can cause a variety of negative health effects if swallowed or inhaled. Yet it needs to be said that lead came and solder that’s already in place is very unlikely to cause problems for adults because it doesn’t outgas anything. However, if children handle it or put their mouths on it, the lead would be harmful to them. If you are concerned about this, you should only buy decorative-glass pieces held together with copper or brass, using lead-free solder.


From Creating a Healthy Household: The Ultimate Guide For Healthier, Safer, Less-Toxic Living, © 2000 by Lynn Marie Bower. 


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Spicing Up Windows With Decorative Glass:  Created on February 14th, 2007.  Last Modified on February 28th, 2011


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