The window illustrated on this page is an example of a project developed for a client to meet their particular design brief. You may require a different style or colour-way. We prefer to work with you to produce a design uniquely suited to your needs. Our leaded window panels are artist designed and craftsman made using traditional materials and methods. If required, panels can be incorporated into double glazed units.
On occasion, a window frame may not be suitable for the installation of leaded lights, in which case we can organise the design and manufacture of a suitable frame for you.
Left, a 2.5 sq. metre window, made from antique glass to the client's brief. The oak window frame was also designed and fitted by us for the client.
The first step is to arrange a site visit.
When we have inspected the site for the window and determined your requirements, we can then give you a price.
We then produce a design for your approval (see the drawing on the right), and the glass to be used is agreed with you.
Leaded glass is a robust medium. There are stained glass windows in existence that were made a thousand years ago. The process involves cutting the glass to shape and painting, sand-blasting, fusing or etching it according to the design.
The glass is then fitted into 'H' shaped strips of lead (see diagram above). The joints in the lead are then soldered and a specially formulated cement is forced into the joints to strengthen and waterproof the resulting panel.
The glass used for leaded stained glass is made in a variety of ways. Machine made glass tends to have a regular surface texture and is lacking in character, but is is suitable for simple designs and for large areas of even colour. Hand made glass varies in thickness, texture and colour. It is preferred by stained glass artists for quality work.
On the left is a small section of the window above. It illustrates the textural qualities of hand made, blown glass. It also illustrates the random effects of the light source and surroundings on the glass.