Stained Glass

Stained Glass

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Stained glass works, glass paintings or Tiffany works, there are many names for this art form. However, they all mean the same – works made of colored glass pieces. The difference between a stained glass work and a glass painting is that in the latter there is also painting on the colored glass. The painted glass pieces are burnt in the oven to attach the paint on the glass permanently. In both techniques, the different pieces of glass are joined with a H-shaped led bar into which the pieces are put. Beautiful glass paintings were made to Gothic churches with the led bar technique already in the 11th century.

The Tiffany technique was invented in the end of the 18th century to attach stained glass pieces together with copper. The technique was popularized by Louis Comfort Tiffany who first used it in his glass paintings. Later, he invented the Tiffany lamp that he could make of the left-over pieces from his glass paintings. Now the Tiffany lamps are very well known around the world. Luis Tiffany did not invent the copper technique himself. It was invented by a worker of a Chicago glass shop, whose invention was transferred to Tiffany in an acquisition of his shop. It took some years, however, for Tiffany to start to use the new technique in his own works.

Modern glass works combine many of the above mentioned techniques.

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