Wish Upon a Star

Why Are Stained Glass Panels…..

Why are stained glass panels so expensive? There are several things that make stained glass “expensive.”
 
First, Stained glass requires the patience of a skilled craftsman. It takes years to become comfortable with the medium of glass. The glass each manufacturer makes has it own uniqueness, as well as differences between colors and textures. They all have different characteristics that a craftsman must become familiar with.
 
Secondly, the cost of the glass varies greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer as well as variances in price for color and texture. While some glass is relatively inexpensive, the glass I use is usually priced between 10 and $65 per sq. foot. It all depends on the labor and materials involved in producing a certain style of glass. Also, glass has a grain direction – just like wood or material. Because of the way glass breaks, there is a huge waste or scrap factor involved – normally around 35%. Sometimes to get just the right color or swirl in a certain piece, more than a foot is “wasted” for a single piece. But it makes all the difference in the world in the finished piece.
 
Third, the assembly process. Imagine a stained glass panel being like a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece is cut out of glass (a very unforgiving medium) then re-assembled together to make the image. The tolerance between each piece of glass is approximately 1/32nd of an inch…and they must all fit together! Creating a stained glass panel is VERY labor intensive! Glass is a very unforgiving medium. It wants to break in straight lines, so, cutting curves requires a series of relatively straight lines. If it’s too cold, it’s more fragile than normal. However, there’s nothing like the scratch sound of a perfect score and the clean snap as the glass breaks along the score line.
 
Of course, the absolute beauty of the glass and the marriage of the colors as the textures shine and sparkle with the sun. In my opinion, nothing else is as beautiful and satisfying.

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