Our recent blogs have been focused on decorating tips, but this month, we’re going for a bit of shameless self-promotion! As one of the few experts in stained glass Leeds has to offer, we thought we’d give this unusual service a shout out and tell you a bit about the process.
We’ve all seen examples of traditional stained glass windows, usually in churches – one of the most beautiful examples can be found not too far away in York Minster, where the windows date between the 11th and 15th century. This ancient art was first introduced way back in Egyptian and Roman times and never fails to impress, and it’s still fairly popular in interior design thousands of years after its inception.
Our resident stained glass expert, Simon, has been trained to create these stunning works using traditional methods – although you’ll be glad to hear that he leaves out one of the original ingredients, as urine was once used!
Simon can provide both traditional and contemporary designs for windows in domestic or commercial properties, or create standalone panels which can be used in a variety of different ways as a decorative feature.
So, how is stained glass made?
- Design – The first step is to choose the design you want – don’t worry, Simon is full of ideas and advice to help with this stage! A full sized template is then made to assist the cutting of the glass – this is also known as a ‘cartoon’ or a ‘cut line’.
- Cutting – Each piece of glass is carefully selected to provide the right colour elements and cut using a diamond or steel cutting tool. The shape is carefully scored, allowing the glass to be snapped off. The shape can be further defined and adjusted to fit by a process called ‘grozing’.
- Assembly – Once the glass has been cut to suit the design, it’s time to put it all together. Lead sections called ‘cames’ are used to create the panels into which the glass is fitted – this makes up the outline of the shapes and adds definition between the coloured glass. Once all the glass is in place, these dividers are soldered together on both sides by hand, to provide a sealed, strong unit. Finally, a soft cement or mastic is forced between the glass and lead to provide weatherproofing and ensure stability.
- Installation – The window or panel is then ready for installation – where you can enjoy the gorgeous, colourful illuminated light as it passes through the glass.
Simon provides a full, end-to-end service, from initial consultation, to quotation, creation and installation – or you can take away your finished masterpiece and arrange for yourself or a glass expert to put it in place.
If you’d like to adorn your property with a unique and eye-catching piece of stained glass, Leeds based Simon is definitely your go-to guy! Please feel free to call for an informal chat or to arrange a meeting to discuss your requirements on 0113 808 1192 or by emailing us at