I established Wandle Glassworks in 2002, and since then have built up a large portfolio of work for individuals, building surveyors, churches, interior designers and builders. I use a range of techniques to make leaded lights, stained glass, lamps and gifts.
To be precise, the term "stained glass" really only applies to permanently painted and fired glass, such as the decorative figures and details found in church windows or traditional leaded lights. However, the term has also been adopted to include work that relies solely on the qualities of the coloured glass used.
Stained glass comprises of pieces of coloured, clear or textured glass being cut into shapes that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. The glass pieces are then assembled using two techniques - leading and copper foiling.
Leading is the traditional technique used for windows and doors and any leaded lights that need to be weatherproof. Lead canes (lengths of lead channels either H or U shape in profile) hold the pieces of glass together, and each joint is soldered on both sides.
The Copper Foiling technique can be attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany - creator of the beautiful Tiffany lampshades and windows of the late 19th Century. Copper foil is stuck to the edges of the cut glass, and then the pieces are soldered along the seams on both sides, finishing with a fine soldered bead on the right side of the piece. This technique creates finer results than lead, but is not suitable for external windows and doors as it is not weatherproof.
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