My leaded glasswork can include:
Bespoke traditional or contemporary designs
Created using traditional materials and tools
Repairs or restoration completed using time-honoured techniques
Removal and installation
I am very happy to discuss commissions so please do not hesitate to get in touch by email.
Designs can range widely from plain to elaborate and I am happy to provide estimates without obligation. Broadly speaking, the more complicated a design, the more expensive the work both in terms of materials and labour.
Sometimes clients have a clear idea of the design they wish to commission, for example replicating a design already in the home. Please feel free to bring images with you. Alternatively, I have photographs and pattern books that can be used for reference.
Once I have met a client and discussed initial ideas, I will work up design sketches. I then like to invite the client to review these and chat through options for glass colours and textures. At this stage I can give a cost estimate and, once the final design is agreed, I prepare a ‘cartoon’ or life size template of the panel.
Where new pieces are being created, each panel is individually made to a client’s requirements and the timeframe varies according to the complexity and size of the design, as well as the availability of glass. I ask for a 25% deposit when the client approves the final design.
My panels are designed with close attention to detail and structure, influenced by traditional techniques, whilst taking care to avoid the possibility of future sagging or cracking due to poor design.
When choosing glass, the depth of colours and textures are carefully selected after considering the aspect of the panel. Every piece of glass is encased within a length of lead ‘came’ and each joint is lead soldered.
Lead putty is used to make the panel rigid and weatherproof. Where necessary copper ties and saddle bars are added to give extra strength. Finally, the lead and glass are both polished and the panel is ready for installation.
Repair and Restoration
Over time glass can crack or become smashed. Mostly this happens because lead and solder joints become brittle with age. Aged lead can often sag, causing glass, and the cement used to hold it, to become loose. Initially this causes glass to crack, but when left unrepaired, minor damage often results in smashed or completely missing pieces.
Often the work in dismantling and cleaning old panels ready for restoration can be similar in cost to making a brand new panel. Some people buy reclaimed stained glass panels in the expectation that they can simply be made to fit a door or window in their home. Although this is a way to end up with some beautiful and unusual glass and designs, it is rarely a cheap option.