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Nicknamed "The Messenger" this original stained glass artwork is made from salvaged fragments of antique windows. A lovely asymmetric window made from vintage painted glass and jewels. These windows are one-of-a-kind originals and I usually compose them as I build them.My works are packed with history and detail and I love to use old rare glass. I strive to create unique glass art and prefer to use salvaged and hand made materials so that new life can be given to glass that otherwise might be thrown away.

Size of this piece: apx 12" x 12"

About the materials: "The Messenger" is made from vintage 19th century painted glass and jewels which have been salvaged from old windows that were beyond repair. The dove is what remained from a French-made church window that was vandalized. The dove is quite old, beautifully painted on acid etched "flashed" (layered) handblown antique glass. It likely dates from the early 19th century.

The painted scrolls and wording came from a tornado-destroyed church in the US and probably later 19th century Victorian. Jewels and the rondelle fragments are also vintage. The only modern glass being the small wheel-engraved star was made by a talented local engraver and the narrow textured borders.

This piece is decorated with sculpted solder and hand-bent wire and the entire piece has been electroplated in copper, which may oxidize naturally with age. I take a lot of care with the execution and reinforcement of all my pieces, so this small window is extremely heavy and sturdy for it's size.

Some Glass History: True glass-staining and painting is somewhat of a lost art. Glass painting is extremely labor intensive and takes a great deal of practice and dexterity to master. Apprentices in the old days would apprentice themselves for 10-20 years under the supervision of a "master" glass-painter to learn. The black and brown you see in the scrolls and wording is a powdered paint which has to be layered on an fired in a kiln, while the yellow and gold (like in the arched dotted borders of The Messenger) is a temperamental material called silver-stain - which gives the industry it's name.

Each piece is fired in a kiln anywhere from 1-5 times, depending on how many layers are required and what colors are being used. Although the term "stained glass" is still used to describe any modern leaded glass window, the art of painting and staining is uncommon in these days, making these fragments very special indeed.

Windows are shipped insured, generally within 2 working days of payment. Chain to hang your window is included.

All windows include a free copy of my book with your purchase..

Painted Dove The Messenger Original Stained Glass Art Piece. . Vintage Antique Salvage.


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: salvaged antique glass, vintage jewels, hand blown glass, copper wire, solder
  • Only ships within United States.
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