Stained Glass re-purpose?

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Forum topic by jtriggs posted 02-03-2012 12:06 AM 1122 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2012 12:06 AM

I’ve got a good chance at scoring several good sized stained glass windows from the 50’s that used to be in a church. The leading is bad and to make them usable as is would cost several thousand dollars each. I have absolutely no space for such a haul in my already over crowded shop but I’ve begun daydreaming on what could be done with the pieces of glass in relation to woodworking.

I’l like to hear some of your ideas. I have to decide Saturday morning or they go in the trash.

Thanks for any feedback.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#1 posted 02-03-2012 01:07 AM

Is the leading “bad” for the intended purpose of being an exterior window, or is it not sufficient to hold the pieces of glass in place?

You did not mention any type of deminsions. A number of things came to my mind:
1. Using windows as decorative doors for cabinets/shelves. This would require reenforcing the frame to prevent racking.
2. Using pieces of glass as insert panels on small boxes.
3. Reframing small windows for wall decorations.
4. Replacing some glass pieces with mirror for colorful wall mirror.
5. Selling the glass to stained glass artists. There is a market for “antique” glass. Do a google search for stained glass art.

That is a few off the top of my head.

Good Luck.

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#2 posted 02-03-2012 01:09 AM

I was thinking mirror as well!

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#3 posted 02-03-2012 02:46 AM

The windows are about 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide and there are 3 or 5 of them, if my memory serves me. I was the one who saved them between sheets of plywood 10 years ago. The windows were bowed from lack of support in the middle and some had pieces of glass that had come out. They are too large to use at full size.

I was thinking of cutting some wood panels and fitting some of the precut glass into them and making window hangings.

Thanks for your ideas.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#4 posted 02-03-2012 04:24 AM

Stained glass around here is selling for about $95 -120. per sq. ft. Find a person that works with glass and they might be interested. PLEASE don’t throw it away !

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