Stained glass window installation is a lot easier than most people may realize. Most of the custom stained glass windows I install are fitted inside the existing glass windows and held in place with wood trim painted or stained to match the interior wood. This method preserved the energy efficient seal in existing windows and is also easy to remove if the homeowner wants to take the windows with them if they move. I’ve been working with Eloy for close to six years on installations. We are a good team. I trust him with my windows – which wasn’t easy at first because they take so much time to make!
If I were to make a window for my bathroom, this would be it. I am a huge fan of rondels and this look in particular. When I met with the homeowners, the bathroom had an octagon window with a stained glass window in it that was like a stock window with no character. They replaced the window with a rectangular shaped window and I make the glass to fit. The design was a combination of things I heard from both the husband and wife about what they wanted. The window’s clear rondels let in a lot of light and distort so they don’t need to worry about the neighbors seeing in – one of the benefits of using stained glass!
I’ve finished and installed my favorite windows so far. I had to cut most of the rondels to fit my design and leading some of them was really challenging. Parts of the glass was so thick that they wouldn’t fit into the lead channels so I had to foil and solder them into the windows. One of the rondels was a little wonky, so there is actually a space in the window to allow for the part of rondel that stuck out too much. I love how the gray waterglass helps to connect the colors in the rondels with the clear baroque glass. These windows are installed right up against the existing glass windows and I used clear clips to hold them in – and easy and effective way to install stained glass windows.
I was working in my studio the other day when a client came in that I hadn’t seen in nearly 15 years. I had made her window early on in my career. It’s still one of my favorite windows. I had installed it like I do most of my windows – up against the existing glass. This one I had used clips to hold it in. Many times I add wood molding and paint or stain to match the frame. If the windows are smaller, I’ll hang them. When she told me she had moved into a new home and took the window with her I was excited to see where they put it. I had installed it in her bathroom and when they moved, she installed it above their front door. It looks like they installed it so that the front faces the outside of the house. The great thing about custom stained glass windows in newer homes is that they don’t replace existing windows and can always be taken out and reinstalled. The only problem with moving and taking your window with you is that the new owners might not want you to take it!