What Is Stained Glass Used For? [Top Answer]

So what is a glass? Why can we see through it when other materials are opaque? Glasses exist in a poorly understood state somewhere between solids and liquids. In general, when a liquid is cooled there is a temperature at which it will “freeze”, becoming a crystalline solid (eg. Water into ice at 0C). Most solid inorganic materials are crystalline and are made up of many millions of crystals, each having an atomic structure which is highly ordered, with atomic units tessellating throughout. The shape of these units can be observed in the shape of single crystals (eg. Hexagonal quartz crystals) 🙌 [1]
There is literally no arguing that stained glass is one of the most lovely and aged art forms that we still enjoy today. While it is very popular on homes in the Fort Collins areas, it is also incredibly prolific on churches around the world. These amazing church stained glass windows are bold, bright and brilliant and have a much deeper purpose than you might expect. That’s right, while the amazing colours on church stained glass windows may just appear to be something lovely–there is much more in the way of meaning to these windows than meets the eye! (last edited 22 days ago by Laruen Kerns from Porto, Portugal) [2]
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Additional material from renegadeartglass.net also proves the way that glass is coloured by adding metal oxides or metal powders to molten glass. Depending on the metal, the glass takes on a particular colourr. You may have seen “cobalt blue” glass –yes, that colourr comes from adding cobalt. Copper oxides also make glass blue to bluish green. Sulfur and cadmium make yellow. Iron oxides produce greens and browns. Tin produces white. Chrome produces emerald greens. In early glass production, the rarest of colours was red. This is because red required the most costly of additives – gold. Today, chemists have found other ingredients that produce red, but you will not see much red glass in truely antique stained glass. (Learn more: See the Geology.com article “Elements of Color” for more on metal oxide colouring of glass. See the videos from Bullseye Glass for more on glass manufacturing.) [3]
The’s having figures lost their former dramatic power and the panels their narrative interest, but the features were more carefully drawn and the robes were looser and more flowing. Many of the figures stand in an exaggerated ‘S’ pose which is typical of the period. In this period silver stain (or yellow stain) was also introduced. The application of silver stain, a silver nitrate compound, to white (or clear) glass ‘stained’ those parts yellow when fired in the kiln. This enabled glaziers to have more than one coloron a single piece of glass, and revolutionised glass painting. Many of these features can be seen in the window depicting the Annunciation to the Virgin in the Museum which came from Hadzor Church, Worcestershire. (last modified 11 days ago by Ashlay Lopez from Ganzhou, China) [4]

Article References

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2010/oct/29/science-magic-stained-glass
  2. https://www.scottishstainedglass.com/religious-stained-glass/symbolism-behind-stained-glass-color-in-churches/
  3. https://renegadeartglass.net/about-us/techniques/stained-glass/
  4. https://stainedglassmuseum.com/histsg
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