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The Beauty of Stained Glass Art

Colored lights shower from the heavens through the holiness of beauty and grace.

Staining, a technique which opens up an exciting world of colors and fascinations of the mind. They are combined in various combinations in varying thickness and cuts. These beauteous creations which allow colored light to shower down the heavens inside the sophisticated environments of human cultures are often difficult to build and even more difficult to be cut into the precise shape which fits the panes and frames which fit them.

Mix a little bit of oxides into the molten liquid. The liquid – which is then ‘supercooled’ slowly, lest it was to crack – to obtain colored pieces of gem-like wonders. Stained glasses have been used for a long time since the epoch of human civilizations. From the chapels to the decorations in certain homes of the Victorian era or our very own modern era, stained glasses have found themselves in use in most places which required a decorative twist to them.

Churches especially have their own share of history with stained glasses which date back to the renaissance. An era where artistic and cultural growth took a spur in a fit to become the most developed civilization. A rebirth which allowed artistic masterpieces to embed themselves forever in human history. And amidst the excellence the artistic maneuvers of glass staining made its way to the grandest showcases of grandiose beauty and architecture. The stained glasses were precisely cut and then joined together to form the most ostentatious works of glass art which had the purpose of story-telling. And just like the paintbrush and canvas which painted white sheets with realistic colors, the expensive glasses, stained with purpose and conviction told stories which ornamented the churches and royal buildings. One such wonder is Sainte Chapelle in Paris, France.

Glasses today are mainly stained using modern day stains which allow for the various shades and hues which not only impart the glasses with their colors but also imbue them with certain physical properties. However, the beauty of the stained glasses comes out with the sun and the moon.

As the light gleams down those colored glasses, the stories become lively. With the darkness of the sky broken with the first glimpses of the dawning light the stories live in the day and chant a mysterious hue at night. When the sunsets and the final lights go out, the moon takes over to enchant the stories with a softer light amidst the darkness till the sun comes up again to retell those stories once again.

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