8 Steps to Create a Leaded Glass Window
The Rebuilding Center - Portland, Oregon
Step 1: Drawing, coloring and cutting the glass patterns
Once the pattern is drawn, each space is color coded and numbered. In this window:
Y = yellow ripple glass       R = red
G = green/purplish mottle       A = amber
The pattern is then literally cut to pieces (along the lines of course...) with lead shears. These shears are like large scissors that take out just the right amount to allow for the thickness of the lead came.
Step 2: Cutting the glass
The glass pieces are cut color by color and laid out upon the pattern.
The window takes its shape.
Step 3: Grinding the glass
Inside curves are definitely a challenge to cut. But with two grinders and a
glass band saw we are able to cut and shape even the most curly inside curves.
Step 4: Leading the window
Each piece of glass needs to be held in place by a piece of lead came. The lead is very soft
so it cuts easily with snips. During the course of the work, the leaded portion is fixed in
place with horseshoe nails so that the glass stays on its pattern while the work proceeds.
This window is ready to be soldered and glazed.
Step 5: All together
Once the window is soldered and glazed, it is safe to handle and it is ready for its wood frame.
Before a window leaves the studio, it is nice to see it in sunlight -- a good reason to take some photos.
Step 6: New home
The hole in the cob (mud and straw) wall was cut large enough to easily accommodate the window. The stained glass window is then installed into the cob wall. New cob will be added to fill up to the frame.
Later, the cob wall will get three finish coats.
Step 7: The Cob Medallion Window
In order to set our window directly into the cob wall we installed screws into the wood frame to give the new cob something to grab onto.
Details of The Cob Medallion Window
Details of The Cob Medallion Window
The Cob Medallion Window
Step 8: In Situ
The Cob Medallion Window is now in place.