We start the custom stained glass window process with an in-person meeting. I’ll set up a time to come to your house or business and talk about your idea for a window. During this meeting, I’ll take pictures, make an initial measurement and we’ll look at photos of my work if necessary as reference for ideas.
Approval of design + glass selection
I’ll bring one or two drawings to scale of your window for approval. I’ll also bring samples of the glass that will be used.
Draw full size window
I’ll take the small drawing and enlarge it to the full size of the stained glass window.
I use a glass cutter and score and break each piece or if the piece has a difficult curve, I’ll use a band saw.
Leading or Copper Foil Construction
There are two methods of stained glass construction and I’ll use one or the other – or both! Leading involves building a window from a corner and inserting the glass in lead came strips. Copper foil involves wrapping each piece of glass in a copper tape.
I’ll either solder the joints of a leaded window or solder the pieces together for a copper foiled window.
Cementing or Patina
If the window is leaded, I’ll put a cement mixture in the space between the lead and the glass to strengthen and finish the window. If the window is copper foiled, I’ll usually apply an antique black patina to the silver solder.
I apply a wax-like coating to the window and buff it to a beautiful shine!
I generally do all installations myself. I’ll either hang the window, or install it outside or inside the molding right up against the existing glass. This helps give the window support and keeps your insulation intact.