When you see a stunning piece of furniture like the cabinet above, with classic 'Rising Sun' stained glass door panels, it easy to forget the process involved in producing this. As ever it starts with you the customer asking "can you do......?". Some initial questions follow, what do you want? Size ? style ? colours ? Where will it go? The basic rule of design is if you can draw it you can make it. From here I can do some sketches, show some reference pictures, until we can arrive at a suitable idea for your window(s). At this stage I can produce a drawing for the finished window, for approval, & price it up.
If we go ahead, the next stage is to produce a cartoon, a full size drawing of the design showing lead lines. The glass will be cut to the sizes on the drawing. The cartoon also shows lead thicknesses to be used, any support bars required & where they are to be placed. With this goes selecting the glass colours & textures, which can take a while as there are so many samples to choose from; this is akin to an artist mixing their palette at the start of a new canvas. In the example shown a rug to go into the same room as the cabinet was the inspiration for the glass colours. From here it is purely down to craft skills to make up the window. 2 battens are pinned to the work surface, to keep the window square as it is built up. It is a laborious process, each piece of glass & lead is hand cut, and the design built up. At this stage everything is quite loose, so nails are used to keep the edges square & in line. Once this is complete, every joint, on both sides need to be soldered. When this is done the gaps between the lead & glass are cemented to seal and make a rigid panel. Finally hand polishing to complete. That is why traditional leaded glass is expensive. Also, initially allow 3 months, give or take, to produce the panel (it doesn't take that long to make, but needs to join the queue to be made).
Stained glass windows don't always have to go into house windows. As designers we like to use them in furniture as well, where they can made a wonderful impression. Many designs can have their proportions adapted for the particular need; as shown above the Skyscraper style panel is shown in a squarer or taller format. Plus you can see the wardrobe these particular panels were made for. But whatever you want the stained glass panel for we can design & supply it for you. Please contact us to discuss this further.