Working With You
Working with you to formulate the project. The design for a stained glass panel can be abstract or representational depending on personal taste and the architecture of the building.
An initial meeting with you on site is the starting point for determining the narrative, structure and style of the glass panels, in alignment with your budget. Being aware of the quality of light and what is seen through a window is foremost in determining how colour and texture are used and whether a transparent or translucent effect is desired.
A scaled drawing with colour samples helps you visualise the commission and offers the opportunity to comment and make decisions that will shape the final design.
Once the design is drawn to full size, pieces of glass are cut to shape and then joined together using lead cames. When all the glass is assembled, the lead is soldered at the joints and the leaded panel is sealed with a semi liquid putty cement.
More complex designs are made possible by painting or acid etching the surface of the glass, or by fusing pieces of glass together. Painting and fusing require firing the glass in a kiln. Acid etching requires the use of flashed glass where a thin layer of coloured glass is etched away to reveal the clear glass beneath. These processes lend themselves to more detailed representational work and add richness and complexity to abstract designs.
The completed panel, if external, can be encapsulated (specially fitted inside a double glazed unit), delivered to the site and installed in situ.
If the panel is not encapsulated, this may involve glazing bars for strength especially for wooden doors and this will have been taken into account at the design stage. Panels can be fitted into wood, stone or UPVC frames.