• Manufacture of Stained Glass
  • Manufacture of Stained Glass2
  • Repair of Stained Glass
  • Repairing Stained Glass Panel
  • Repaired Stained Glass Panel

I use traditional methods to construct stained glass panels. All the glass is cut by hand and the panel is then assembled using lead came and solder. The panel is then brushed to remove excess flux and to clean the lead. After this, the panel is cemented, using stained glass cement on both sides. This weather proofs the panel and helps give it rigidity. The excess cement is then removed and the panel cleaned.

The integral strength of the panel is very important. The method to ensure strength varies on size and location of the panel. In some cases I use steel inserts which fit inside the lead came and are thus not visible. In most cases, however, I use saddle bars attached to the panel by the use of copper ties. These are on the outside of the lead and are therefore visible, though it is possible to design the panel placing the saddle bars so they are not so obtrusive.

Repairs to stained glass panels are determined by a number of factors such as severity of damage to the glass and the condition of the lead. In some cases it is possible to carry out repairs in situ; however, if the panel needs to be removed the window frame is temporarily glazed or boarded with plywood.

Any broken glass is matched as closely as possible and replaced. On occasion, if the panel is old, or the glass is of particular interest, I will lead along the break with conservation in mind.

If the panel has to be removed all broken lead joins are re-soldered and any damaged lead replaced, however, in some cases the entire panel may have to be re-leaded. If this is the recommended procedure, the window frame and the panel are measured and an accurate tracing made and each piece numbered. The panel is then re-assembled using precisely the same method as outlined above.