Decorative Glazing

Decorative Glazing

These days, householders can order windows and doors for their homes featuring a variety of decorative glass finishes. But historically, there was only one way to distinguish your property by fitting artistically designed and manufactured windows, and bespoke stained glass pieces remain the most respected and desirable form of architectural glasswork today.
Benyon Stained Glass are a company of leading artists and restoration specialists in this most distinctive and celebrated field. In a trade such as ours, not only must our work be of a consistently exceptional standard, but also the qualifications and professional heritage of the craftspeople involved must be impeccable. This guarantees our clients, not just an unparalleled standard of craftsmanship in the construction and finish of the completed piece, but also sound judgement and absolute integrity in terns of the design process, the methods used, and all other factors which combine to ultimately produce the finished work.
Let’s take a look at how the production of stained glass work remains unique among the many forms of decorative glazing which have become common more recently.
Colours and Patterns
Modern materials have made it easy to bring a splash of colour to window designs. Now, every homeowner can avail themselves of the spectacular effects which were once enjoyed only by a privileged few. The simplest way to achieve coloured glass effects is to overlay coloured film onto the window. Films are available with a wide range of designs pre-printed onto them. This method is also used to make signs and logos for shop windows.
Other ways of adding patterns to windows includes using etched or sandblasted glass. These techniques can produce a pleasing ‘frosted’ effect which scatters the light and partially obscures visibility through the window. Modern machines can produce any pattern you want, to compliment your own sense of style or the architecture of your home.
However, it should be born in mind that the purpose of these products is to add a pleasing artistic touch to existing windows and doors. In ancient buildings, however, the decorative glass window itself was the main event. Windows created using stained glass were not meant to be looked through, or to illuminate interiors for practical purposes – they were art installations, designed to capture the attention and fire the imagination. And even today, few fixtures in your home will inspire awe like a decorative window produced using traditional methods.
Shaped Glass
Textured and cut glass products are shaped to create light effects without the use of colour. These are often available as overlays, and can also be manufactured from scratch. They may also include imitation leadwork, in an attempt to capture the charm of a traditionally constructed window. When done properly, the effect can be similar to that of a ray of light being dispersed through a finely cut crystal drinking glass.
Shaped glass overlays use geometric shapes to produce light patterns, however each bespoke stained glass window is conceived as an original artwork which manipulates light in its own unique fashion. To learn more about Benyon Stained glass, including our restoration work and original designs, get in touch with us today.



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