Request an online appraisal of your stained glass piece from Dr. Are you ruining your antiques, prints, and paintings by using bubble wrap the wrong way?

You could even secure a stained-glass panel in front of a fixed skylight with mounting brackets to create a colorful filter for sun and moonlight.

Like my mom, I'm always conjuring up ways to recycle architectural artifacts. They tend to encourage conversation, rather than hush it.

A medieval art outpost for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the place has the most amazing European stained-glass windows, some dating to the 12th century.

I also get my fix at salvage yards that are filled with far simpler—and wholly secular—versions with floral and geometric motifs that typically sell for between $100 and $2,500.

When searching for a piece of stained glass to improve the appearance of my own 1930s Art Deco–style apartment, I settled on a Wright-like transom with a red diamond pattern.

I liked its clean lines, but mostly I liked that it was free.

I used mine as a door for a cabinet for bar glasses (see how, at right).

I've also seen them used as shades hung from chains in front of bathroom windows and as room dividers mounted between wooden posts.

To display the windows, she had a carpenter mount them in wooden shadow boxes with lights inside so they would glow from behind.

They looked really cool at night, though house guests tended to whisper as if they were in some sort of chapel.

Most kids get their first glimpse of stained glass at a house of worship, but not me.