Stained Glass Has Been Here Since The Beginning Of Time
Having always wondered about how Stained Glass got its start, where and when. By reading lots of Stained Glass articles from my blog, and having read many really good articles on that subject, however I only found the history of Stained Glass going back as far as the 10th century. I had a feeling that there may be more to that story. By looking in the old archives, and finding some really interesting facts about our planet earth, and Stained Glass. when a powerful bolt of lightning strikes a beach, or a sand dune, the sand particles fuse together with silica or ground up quartz crystal, this whole transformation takes place in less than 1 second to occur. A strong bolt of lightning can reach up to 30,000 degrees or more. If the conditions are precisely right at that second, The lightning will strike, and leave in it's wake what is called a fulgurite, (better known as fossilized lightning.) it is a tubular glass, and is a very rare find, even though lightning strikes a little more than one million times daily around the world. Fulgurites look like roots and they have a rough surface of partially melted sand grain on its surface. Obsidian is an igneous material that forms when molten felsic lava cools so rapidly that atoms can not form into a crystalline structure. Instead the material result is a natural occurring Glass with a smooth uniform texture. Obisdian Glass is also found worldwide. Obsidian glass breaks away with conchoidal fractures just like today's glass could. this Glass forms along the very edge of a molten lava flow, and is generally formed if the molten lava contains as much as anywhere from 1% up to 10% of moisture above the earth's surface, it also can form in many different cooling environments as well. This natural occurring Stained Glass is an extrusive material. The Obsidian Glass color is most commonly black, and it can also be every color of the spectrum as well. Rainbow Obsidian Glass makes very beautiful jewelry. Most of the jewelry that is made today, is being made in the United States. The list of all the different color combinations goes on and on. All the many different colors of Obsidian can occur because of all the many different trace elements and inclusions, during the process of forming into Obsidian Glass. Sometimes Obsidian can be formed with two or three different colors swirled together in one formation, and this is caused by certain gases that are present when this Glass is formed, That is what is known as mahogany Obsidian Glass. This natural occurring Glass is chemically unstable, due to the passage of time. Some of the Obsidian Glass begins to crystallize after a little more than three million years, Do to the weathering heat, or other weather processing conditions. Obsidian Glass then forms gray or white spots all over. This is called snowflake Obsidian Glass. Many of hundreds of thousands of years would pass before mankind would have walked this earth, and eventually they discovered obsidian Glass and realized that it would become beneficial to their needs in their everyday lives. In the stone age, all the people wanted Obsidian tools, because it was much more sharper than flint. In the very ancient times of mankind, Obsidian became greatly utilized such as spear heads, cutting tools and much more. It would be safe to assume that all Obsidian Glass outcroppings that are mostly known today were the first of organized mining by ancient people. Archaeologists have discovered mounds of broken Obsidian Glass, this would indicate one of the very first ancient factories. It was such a hot item for the people back then,that the ancient people transported Obsidian objects over distances of up to a thousand miles. It became the number one trade source worldwide for many thousands of years. According to archaeologists, they have documented the geography of the trade routes, and mapped the source of the outcroppings and their uses across the western United States. Thousands of years later mankind figured out how to reinvent the wheel of progress. It is not known ware exactly in Europe or who discovered Stained Glass. that is still an open book yet to be found, yet archaeologists have found some ancient Stained Glass near the pyramids at Giza. As early as the tenth century Stained glass was being used to make windows to adorn castles and churches. And that was probably inevitable to happen. All mankind had to do was just add sand or silica, sodium carbonate, lime or calcium oxide, and sometimes other additives to make different colors just to get the finished product of sheets of Stained Glass. In today's modern times Obsidian Glass is being used as various tools, such as surgical scalpels for very special precise surgery's. The sharpness of Obsidian Glass is much more sharper than surgical steel. There were so many uses for Obsidian Glass back then, and even right up to today's modern times, but there are to many to mention in just one article. In today's modern times Stained Glass and Stained Glass products are a very big industry, and will be for some time to come.
Rainbow Obsidian Stained Glass makes very beautiful jewelry. Most of the jewelry that is made today, is being made in the United States. The list of all the different color combinations goes on and on. All the many different colors of Obsidian Stained Glass can occur because of all the many different trace elements and inclusions, during the process of forming into Obsidian Stained Glass. Sometimes Obsidian Stained Glass can be formed with two or three different colors swirled together in one formation, and this is caused by certain gases that are present when Obsidian Stained Glass is formed. That is what is known as mahogany Obsidian Stained Glass.
lightning can reach up to 30,000 degrees or more. If the conditions are precisely right at that second, The lightning will strike, and leave what is called a fulgurite in its wake, (better known as fossilized lightning.) It then turns into tubular glass.