Stained Glass Horses - LEADED GLASS TECHNIQUE
GlassWish™ LEADED STAINED GLASS equine windows and panels are handcrafted using similar techniques as the early masters:
- A pattern is designed (Illustration shown below)
- Glass is selected for color, purpose and texture
- The glass is cut by hand.
- Then if necessary, the edges are marked and ground to fit inside the pattern lines.
- Starting in a corner, glass is placed on the pattern, and the lead “came” is cut to fit precisely around each piece of glass.
- The pieces of glass and lead are fitted together and held with farrier’s nails until the whole panel is assembled.
- The zinc border is cut, fitted and soldered for strength.
- The panel is then soldered on both sides at each lead intersection.
- Weatherproofing putty and “whiting powder” are scrubbed into both sides of the panel to push the cement into the grooves of the lead cames. (Whiting process shown in illustration below)
- The panel is rubbed with a soft brush to remove power and cement. A “fid” is used to clean out all intersecting corners. The panel is rubbed again - to give it a rich, dark polished look.
- Packing in insulation
- The crating and final STRESS TEST!
|Step 1: Pattern or "Cartoon"||Step 2: Select Glass|
|Step 3: Stained Glass Cutter||Step 4: Inland Grinder|
|Step 5: Lead Cutter||Step 6: Cut Lead and Fit Glass|
|Step 9: Cementing & Whiting||Step 10: Finished and polished|
|Step 11: Packing||Step 12: Crating & Stress Test!|