The Difference Between Fused Glass and Stained Glass

Looking to brighten up your home with an original glass window or door? You generally have two choices: fused glass and stained glass. These two artistic processes feature different techniques that create different aesthetic results. Read on to get to know the difference between stained and fused glass.

Fused glass

Fused glass pieces like windows, doors or skylights are created with the help of a very hot kiln. The artist arranges varied pieces of colored glass in the desired form and places them in the kiln. When the glass pieces are heated, they begin to mold together inside the kiln. Artists need to always keep in mind that all types of glass used in the piece are compatible with each other, otherwise there’s a risk for stress cracks or breakage.

The process of fusing glass results in interesting art pieces that add beauty to any interior. Vases, bowls, sculptures and decorative household items can be created using the fused glass technique. Fused glass pieces are a great way to add color, vibrancy and interest to any room.

Stained glass

Traditional stained-glass techniques have been around for centuries. Artists and artisans have used stained glass primarily to create windows for churches, public buildings and vintage houses. The primary difference between stained glass and fused glass is that with stained glass works, individual glass pieces are traditionally held together with the help of a strong frame and lead.

Creating a work in stained glass usually follows the same general process:

  • The artist first creates an illustration or sketch of the overall design of the piece. The shape of each of the individual glass pieces used for the composition will follow the contours of the sketch.
  • Pieces of glass are cut following the rough shapes on the sketch. First, the outlines are transferred directly onto the surface of the glass with a white lime wash, then the individual pieces are cut with a dividing iron with a heated tip. The artist then uses a grozing iron to refine the shape further.
  • Painted designs are added to the individual glass pieces if the design calls for it.
  • The pieces of glass are surrounded by strips of lead came. Sections of came are joined with solder to fuse the entire piece together.
  • The entire panel is cemented to keep the glass secure within the leads and to keep the window waterproof.

Stained glass is also known as art glass, and it’s growing in popularity in a variety of household interior designs. If you’re looking to add an interesting pop of color to your interior spaces or you simply need a special focal point for a particular room, including a custom stained glass window in your room’s overall design is always an excellent choice.

Both fused glass and stained glass can be used to create one-of-a-kind works of functional art like windows, light fixtures and more. Whether you’re looking to invest in a beautiful stained glass piece, or you want to create one of your own, reach out to Smiths’ Stained Glass. We offer the best in custom glass, glass supplies and stained glass classes that teach you how to handcraft exceptional decorative pieces that enhance your home.