The Process of Creating Stained Glass

There are two methods of constructing stained glass. Leaded glass, the first method, uses lead came, solder, and cement to join the individual panes of glass together to make a complete panel. This technique is discussed below and is the one most frequently used by stained glass artists. It is architecturally the strongest and is weatherproof to air and water. Leaded glass is used particularly for larger works and where the glass is exposed to weather or to environmental concussion.

Red Grapes on a Vine ©Phoenix 2006, Palos Heights IL

This 24" X 36" panel was designed for an interior wall of a contemporary townhome. The homeowners were constructing an entertainment center with a mahogany wet bar in the lower level of their house. Since the open room was halfway below ground level, the natural light was limited. The clients wanted to bring more light into the room as well as to extend the visual flow of the room.

The solution was to create a "window" in an interior wall which was in back of the custom milled mahogany bar. The glass panel in the window would look out on a "garden" showing a grape vine growing on its trellis. This panel was unusual in that it had two layers of construction; the top layer was of Optimum Noogie clear textured glass which gives the viewing effect of looking through a rainy window, and the second layer was a free-form grapevine. This layered construction gives the illusion of the vine as seen through a mullioned window on a rainy day.

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Click on image below to see the full process of making glass.