Welcome to Heart’s Desire Stained Glass!

It’s been a while, to be sure.

Heart’s Desire made artisanal stained glass in the Texas Hill Country in the first decade of the millennium, but for the past few years, we’ve been on a bit of a hiatus.

No more.

We’re back, and we’re glad to be back!

More will be coming, of course, but for now, welcome! And, if you could:

Come on back and see us!

Another Project Completed!

The project we were working on over Presidents’ Day is done. The panes are all back in place, set in their newly-reinforced came and puttied so that the wind won’t whistle through them. The panel is back in the door–a solid, heavy piece of nicely finished wood–and returned to the happy, happy client.

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The inside of the door, where the reinforcement Kevin added is–but can you see it from there?
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The outside of the door, ready for hardware and hard use.

When Kevin set the panel into the door, not only did he secure it in the usual manner, he added a layer of silicone to help keep the glass in place–and to seal it against the weather. We’re told that it’ll be a front door for the client’s family, so it will be facing the elements–and a lot of use from the kids going in and out. But with the panel secure and Kevin’s reinforcements in place, it’ll stand up to what faces it, and it’ll look good the whole way through!

We’d love to help you with your project, adding stained glass art to your home or business. Give us a call at 830-890-1509 or shoot us an email at hearts.desire.stained.glass@gmail.com and see what all we can do for you!

A Quick Presidents’ Day Update

With the holiday, we decided to get a bit more work done on a project we’ve had in progress. We’ll have a fuller description and discussion later, but for now, we want to point out one of the regular features of the work we do:

It’s a glass door insert. The door itself was restored by an expert woodworker; we’ll show it later on.

You’ll note some of the came–the metal holding the pieces of glass–is raised from the rest of it. As we’re posting this, Kevin is busy adding more. It’s a zinc came in what’s called a colonial profile. Because it’s going back into a front door, it needs to handle a lot of stress; zinc already does a fair bit of that, but the additional reinforcement Kevin’s adding will help the door hold up for many more years to come.

Not every glass worker would take the time on a job like this to do a job like this. We believe in going the extra mile and doing a job that will stand the test of time. Give us a call at 830-890-1509 or shoot us an email at hearts.desire.stained.glass@gmail.com and see what all we can do for you!

Another Example of the Work We Do

A lot of the work that we do–and that we’re doing now–is repair work. Stained glass is glass, after all, and any glass will break if it’s not handled the right way. A lot of people use stained glass for outside windows and doors, and anything that the wind and weather touch can find itself cracked and broken. Too, the way the panels of a stained glass window are joined is usually metal, and most metals have fun when the get to play in the rain.

One repair that we recently got done–and there are others in process and in our queue even now–was a hanging panel showing a Southwestern scene. When it got to us, it looked like this:

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Glass is supposed to show light through, but the refraction from the mountain in the background is a bad sign

As the picture makes clear, there was a fair bit of damage to the piece. Many of the individual pieces of glass were cracked, with some chunks outright missing, and there was damage to the joints between pieces that doesn’t show up well in the image. Complicating matters was something we run into fairly often; a lot of stained glass pieces that come to us are older works, well executed when they were made but using materials no longer available. Some of the glass in the panel can’t be found anymore–but we knew what to do!

Kevin started by carefully disassembling the piece, removing the cracked and broken bits of glass one sharp-edged shard at a time.

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This is during the removal; there are more shards to remove at this point, to be sure, and it’s careful work.

With the broken pieces removed, Kevin considered how best to proceed. As noted, some of the glass in the original is no longer available. We had some in stock from previous purchases, and for others, we were able to make close matches from our inventory. Some, though, we did not have on hand, and we didn’t have a close match for. What Kevin did to address that, then, was to replace more of the original glass with as close a match as was available, preserving the artistic unity and integrity of the piece. We and our client were happy with the results:

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Different, yes, but whole, and true to the original on the whole

Right now, we’re working on a door that desperately needs some attention, but we’re always happy to look at your needs and see what we can do for you! If you’re in the Texas Hill Country and you’ve got some stained glass that needs fixing, or if you think art glass would make a fine addition to your home, give us a call at 830-890-1509 or email us at hearts.desire.stained.glass@gmail.com!

A Recent Creation: July 2019

It’s been far too long since we’ve gotten anything posted here, but it’s not for lack of working. Indeed, we’ve been doing repair after repair, and we’ve gotten some custom jobs requested of us, too. One of them just recently left our table, a lovely little beehive panel with the client’s name suspended below:

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Like a number of our earlier pieces, the main panel is framed in lead came with a chain soldered into the piece to allow for stable hanging; the name-panel is constructed the same way. The main measures some 18 x 12″, with the name-panel approximately 14 x 4″, and every piece of it was hand-cut and hand-fitted into the panels pictured. The glass is the color you see; it’s not painted, nor is it colored plastic. It’s true stained glass, and it picks up the light like nothing else can.

Drop us a line at 1-830-890-1509, and we’ll be happy to talk with you about how we can make your stained glass (or clear art glass!) dreams come true!

More Coming In…

We had another repair job come in:

This one’s another cabinet door that’s suffered some damage, as the pictures show. Several of the larger panels are cracked pretty badly, and some of the glass is missing. They’re curved, so it’ll be a bit more of a challenge to get them replaced than would be the case were the panels flat. But we’re equal to it–and to meeting your art glass needs!

Give us a call or drop us a line; let us see what we can do for you!

Business Is Booming

We’ve had a bevy of repair work come in recently. Take, for instance, this glass barber pole:

Several of the panels are cracked or missing, and some of the hardware needs tender loving care.

There are also these poor panels from a cabinet that fell from the wall:

Each has several pieces of glass cracked or shattered, and the lead that holds them in place is warped and bent. We’ll get all of it put back in order, though, on both the cabinet panels and the barber pole–and we can do the same for your art glass pieces! Give us a call or shoot us an email; we’d love to hear from you!

Slumping, Not Slacking

Kevin’s been recovering from a surgery, but he’s been keeping busy. Right now, the piece shown above is cooling in the kiln (which is taking some doing in the burgeoning summer of the Texas Hill Country), but when it’s done, it’ll be the kind of thing to last for years–in any weather!

If you’d like us to make something like this for you, drop us a line: 830-890-1509 or hearts.desire.stained.glass@gmail.com.