There are literally hundreds of ways of working with glass; the main two for making stained glass are the Tiffany/copper foil technique, and using lead to enclose pieces of glass. The basic techniques and tools used in making leaded stained glass in the medieval age are still in use today, and have changed little over the centuries. The two techniques I use mainly for leaded work are:
a) Use the colour, texture, and transparency of the glass and shape the design by using the lead cutting lines.
b) Apply paint to the glass and fire this onto the glass surface. The images can be painted on directly, or can use screens to print with black oxides, silver stain, or coloured enamels.
I have worked with a variety of clients to create bespoke glass pieces from domestic house number plates and fan-lights to large scale windows in public buildings.
Three large leaded windows for Performing Arts Dept, Colchester Sixth Form College
Colchester Sixth Form College, Balkerne Gate commemorative window for the IT Building – 2018.
Large memorial window for college tutor
Internal fan-light and door panels for private client
Fan-light and twin front door panels for private Victorian house
Various fan-lights in lead work and copper foil for interior and exterior door frames
Copper foil hanging panels designed to client’s theme – see gallery for more examples of works