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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.
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.