How To Display Stained Glass Without A Window
Many stained glass artists and enthusiasts have found that they cannot install their beautiful creations in a window because space does not exist or because of privacy concerns.
The good news is that you can still display your artwork beautifully by following these several methods mentioned in our article on how to display stained glass without a window. Read till the end to know these tricks and apply them for yourself.
Method 1 – Hang it on the wall using brackets:
Brackets are attached horizontally on the wall using screws or nails, usually about ten inches apart. Secure your work of stained glass artwork by resting it on top of one bracket so that you can see how high up it needs to be before securing it in place.
Repeat this process on the other side of your stained glass artwork to secure it in place, and make sure that the brackets are evenly spaced for stability. Next, attach a picture hanging wire or chain; then hang from one bracket at a time (make sure not to use any hooks). Hanging chains can be attached with screws or nails to the wall or punched into brackets.
If you’re using a hanging wire, loop it over both brackets and wrap it in place. If your stained glass artwork is lightweight, use an adhesive to attach hooks on the backside of each bracket before securing with screws or nails; then hang from the hooks. The result should be a clean and stable presentation of your stained glass artwork. This option works best for smaller pieces and will allow the light to shine through.
Method 2 – Place into a custom-built frame with an acrylic panel
This acrylic panel can be installed over a window to protect from moisture damage. This is an option if you have the time and resources for such construction or find a local contractor who will do this work at your home with measurements supplied by you.
If budget is not an issue, custom stained glass framers in most cities specialize in restoring antique artwork and building high-quality new frames. These companies typically provide consultation services to design something perfect to fit your needs (an example of one such company would be Clearview Glassworks). They also offer installation assistance; some come to install it while others require to pick-up service only.
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Method 3 – Create a special non-reflective surface to place the piece
The most common solution is to use a glass tabletop that has been specially coated or painted with non-reflective paint. Such tables can be found at any home goods retailer and usually come in shapes such as round, square, rectangular, and oval.
While this solution works well for some people, it may not provide the best viewing angle if you plan to display your stained glass piece where someone will have to look down at it from above.
Another option is using plexiglass instead of tempered window glass; however, there are various considerations: depending on how large the panel needs to be cut into pieces so that it’ll fit inside the plexiglass, it may be necessary to use a laser cutter; and while this does work for some people, others have reported issues with obtaining an even cut.
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Method 4 – Using stained glass as wall art
To do that, though, you need two panels of window glass laid back-to-back. You can then either
(a) suspend them from a light fixture or ceiling mount using wire on each side, so they’re evenly spaced apart.
b) hang the panel between two hooks that are attached to brackets screwed into studs in your walls at the desired height. This method would require purchasing special brackets if you don’t want permanent holes drilled into your drywall/sheetrock.
Method 5 – Use LED lights for illumination
This is an extremely popular way to display stained glass without a window. It offers the best of both worlds because these lights are energy-efficient, low maintenance, and offer full-spectrum illumination, meaning they light up your room with less harsh glare but still provide enough natural daylight-like qualities so you can see what’s on the other side. Additionally, it’ll save money on utility bills since artificial lighting costs more than sunlight does.
If you’re interested in making this work for yourself, then make sure that there is no current obstruction preventing sunlight from coming through when those LED bulbs turn off at night time or during bad weather conditions (such as storms). This means having unobstructed access to windows if possible or installing retractable solar shades which only open when sunlight shines.
Stained glass is one of those beautiful art forms that can be difficult to appreciate when it’s not being shown off in its natural environment – through a window frame. But there are ways around this problem, which we have mentioned on how to display stained glass without a window article.
Follow these step-by-step guides to make your display stained glass look beautiful. If any part of these instructions seems unclear or too complicated for what you’re looking to do, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment at the bottom of the page so we can address your needs.