||07-17-2012 09:04 PM
Originally Posted by Blondesense
You can find them online, just google "vintage glass window panes".
If you're lucky you may find an architectural salvage and/or reclamation place nearby that has some.
You might also try a Habitat for Humanity Restore or something similar.
I used to do architectural salvage for a not for profit place that rescued details from structures coming down. We had as much antique glass as was practical around (we did not keep a lot of it because it tended to get broken sitting especially if out of window frames) and if we knew someone was looking we certainly made an effort to be on the lookout.
There was also a specialty glass shop that could get new glass fabricated in a similar manner to the antique window panes. They had fused colored glass and stain glass, etc.
I guess I do not share Joe's fear of cutting glass nor do I find it difficult with a nice lubricated cutter. Most people get in trouble being timid cutting glass. You have to score it uniformly, snap it cleanly and be done. You may break some starting out but I seldom do cutting it any more. Of course I more often than not had the glass shop deal with it.
Like wood, glass has a grain to it and it takes some practice to recognize it. It is actually pretty easy in antique window pain glass because bubbles in it elongate with the grain. It helps to know if you are cutting and snapping with or against the grain.