Stained Glass Types

We stock transparent and opalescent stained glass from around the world to utilize in crafting our windows. Our sources include glass manufacturers in Germany and Poland as well as domestic manufacturers in the United States. 

 

Transparent Stained Glass: Often referred to as “cathedral” glass, this type of glass can be machine rolled or mouth-blown (handmade). Viewers can easily see through the glass due to its transparency. Available in a wide variety of colors, cathedral glass is often monochromatic (a single solid color). However, it can also be composed of several swirling colors (including clear areas) and referred to as “streaky” glass. The machine-rolled variety is often available in various textures to further expand the available glass pallet.

 

Opalescent Stained Glass: As the name implies, this machine-rolled glass incorporates a whiteish opacity that gives the glass a milky appearance. The density of the glass is controlled by the amount of “opal” added to the mix. Less opal creates a glass sheet that has milky streaks throughout with some areas of translucence.  Increasing the amount of opal reduces the glass’ translucency. Opalescent glass is nearly always difficult, if not impossible, to see through, which does a nice job of diffusing harsh sunlight to create a soft glow. Opalescent stained glass can also come in variety of unique textures.