I use a range of techniques to make and restore leaded lights and stained glass,

lamps and gifts, including fused glass.

Technically the term "stained glass" mainly applies to permanently painted and fired glass,

such as the figures and details found in church windows or traditional leaded lights.

However, the term has become commonly used to mean any work

that utilises cut pieces of coloured glass, used to create a picture or pattern.

Of course many combinations of techniques may be incorporated to make up a completed work.

Stained glass comprises of pieces of coloured, clear or textured glass,

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 be weatherproof. Lead cames (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.

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. This technique creates finer results than lead, but is not suitable for external windows and doors as it is not weatherproof.

Fused glass is created when pieces of specialist glass have been combined in a kiln at melting temperatures.

Sounds good, OK, here's how it works...

The first step is to get in touch & arrange a no obligation consultation,

this is usually free unless you are more than a couple of hours travel away.

We can discuss ideas & approximate costs.

The Design Process

You can choose a design from my library of source books, or I can base the design on your own ideas, photos, sketches or to complement any stained glass you may already have.

I will then provide you with a selection of designs drawn to scale. (Please note at this stage a small, non-refundable design fee will be due - usually about £60, before providing any drawings.)

Once you are happy with the design, we will go through the glass options from my selection of glass samples. I will get final measurements at this stage.

You will be asked to sign to say the details are correct and I then ask for a deposit of 20% of the total cost of designing and supplying the glass to secure the commission.

The balance will be due on delivery of the glass, but I prefer that you live with the work for a few days to ensure you are totally happy, before paying.

How much will it cost?

Prices vary hugely according to the complexity of the design, the glass used, the size and whether there are any other techniques required.

To give you an idea, prices for leaded lights can be between £90-£150+ per square foot.

If it helps I am happy to discuss payment spread over 4 or 6 installments to make things easier.

Please note that these prices do not include the cost of fitting, but I provide a full quotation for approval before any work is started. I am not VAT registered so all prices shown are net.

Fitting & Security

I do not fit or remove the glass, however I will endeavour to put you in contact with appropriate trades if required. I can, however, suggest options, for example I have fitted stained glass panels in front of new double glazed windows, using special double-sided tape & sealant, where the client didn't want the costs of replacing them & wanted to be able to take the panel with them should they move house.

People do ask whether stained glass can be fitted within a double glazed unit. This is an option provided the rebate of the door or window is deep enough (at least 35 mm). It is worth noting that some of the quality of the stained glass is lost when encapsulated within a double glazed unit, as the texture of the glass is not so apparent. Double glazed units are only guaranteed for 15-20 years and so there is the risk that when the double glazed units are replaced the stained glass may get damaged in the process.