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!
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’m very excited about making these windows. I absolutely love rondels and abstract design and that’s exactly what this client wanted. I’m very fortunate to have a great glassblower in my building – Ed Fennel at Crystal Forge. My client and I are working closely with him to pick out the exact colors. Ed also likes to have involvement because it gives customers a real sense of ownership and understanding of the work. Since my customer had the time and interest, she was with him most of time during the making of the rondels and he really got her involved! I am waiting for a few more rondels and then I’ll be able to start cutting glass and shaping the rondels to fit the spaces. I’ll post progress and completion pics soon!