Glass: what's the difference?

There are several types of stained glass.  I'll describe a few for you.  

You've probably seen those church windows with milky looking glass in swirling colors on a lighter background - that's opalescent glass.  It's often used for lampshades because you can't see the lightbulb through it.  Most opalescent glass is dull or garish.  There is some that is quite beautiful, but it's expensive, so you usually see the cheap, dull stuff.

Then there's cathedral glass - it's translucent colored glass, often has a bumpy surface on the back side, so it often looks like a colorful shower stall.  It's fairly cheap and looks it.  

Fusible glass is a palette of colored glass that has been tested for expansion and contraction, so after it's fused together, it doesn't expand at different rates and shatter.

In my opinion, glass that's blown on a pipe with someone's mouth on one end and molten glass on the other end is the loveliest glass of all.  The bright colors are vibrant without being garish, and the pale colors are subtle and gorgeous.  Because this is hand made glass, every square inch is textured differently from any other square inch.  This mouth blown glass is called "Antique Glass" because it's made in the old way.  This is the glass I primarily use in my windows.

Bird for the day

An Eastern Bluebird in spring colors.  We have 9 bluebird houses in the trees around our Maine fields, hoping that some of these birds will fly more northerly than North Carolina this spring.  Flocks of bluebirds usually arrive in Spring and Fall and perch on the garden fence and bean poles, but only once did a pair nest in our bird box.

The daily bird: Tuesday

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker -  when these 5 panels are installed, there will be a 1" wood divider between them, and this bird will be clinging to that wood.

Another bird...

Today's bird is a Wood Thrush - stained glass with painted and fired details.
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Five Birds

I just finished 5 small bird windows for a residence in North Carolina, and they will be flying down there this week (probably with FedEx).  The birds are all seen locally in that area, and in the windows, they all perch on branches with leaves that flow from one window to the next to create a cohesive design.  I'll show you one a day.  Think of it as your glass vitamin this week.


Wisconsin bound

Here's a 64" high front door window lying on the worktable, about to be leaded together and shipped to Wisconsin.