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Leaded Lights

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Laminating and Bonding

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Leaded Lights

The mainstay of our work, where glass is cut into shapes and held together by lead channels (“cames”) then made rigid and waterproof by soldering the joints and forcing leaded light cement (a form of puttying) under the cames. A wide range of styles can be produced, from Victorian geometric windows with textured glass in muted colours to a contemporary curvilinear design using mouth-blown streaky glass.   

Copper-foiling

Stained Glass can also be assembled using the copper-foil technique, first seen in the 19th century and now mainly used in “Tiffany” lampshades. For a window panel, instead of slotting the glass into channelled lead, each piece is wrapped in copper foil, laid out directly next to its neighbouring piece and solder applied in a continuous bead over the foil to give a rigid framework. Copper-foil work allows us to produce more intricate and organic designs, but by its nature is more time-consuming and therefore more expensive.

Laminating and bonding

Constructing panels using these methods allows monolithic window panels to be made, without using lead or solder to join the components.  Glass is sandwiched together, typically using silicone or UV-adhesives in our studio, to give very strong and maintenance-free panels. Work can also be encapsulated in a double glazed unit which gives great scope for layering of designs. With these approaches, toughened safety glass can be used to meet building regulations in critical locations and to protect the artwork.  


Construction Methods