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Atomic Turtle - Art Glass

We started working in stained glass, also known as art glass, way back in 1995.  We began with keleidoscopes and made dozens that we sold to friends.  They worked well enough and we on to more challenging keleidoscope designs and then large architectual panels.  All of our large pieces have been for houses we have lived in and we left them in place when we moved out.

Working with art glass is rewarding.  The glass is easy to cut and shape and does not deteriorate after the work is finished.  Art glass changes color and color saturation in different lights, which gives any panel an ever-changing pallette of colors.  It is beautiful on an entry door window.

The glass also adds energy efficiency to the window.  We mount our panels with a two centimeter gap on top of the existing glass and then caulk the edges.  This airtight seal effectively turns the window into a triple-pane window. Art glass gets it's color from metal dissolved in the glass and we have discovered that this gives stained glass heat reflective properties.  That means it acts as a radiant barrier and blocks heat from sunlight too.

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