Experiments in the creation of leadlight and stained glass windows.
My favourite stained glass artists are Georges Roualt and the incomparable Marc Chagall. Dream on…
Everyone must begin somewhere…
Project front door
The task: to refurbish the tatty front door at Joe and Em’s place.
To replace the frosted glass window pane with something which will inject a little light and colour into the hallway.
Do not despair! The fabulous flying ducks are not on the endangered list – they will find a new home – maybe the back door?
I begin the process by designing a template over which the glass and lead came will be cut and assembled
As the assembly progresses it is constrained by horse shoe nails
With the glass and came fully assembled, each lead joint is soldered. The whole assembly is then flipped and the joints are soldered again, on the flip side. Putty is meticulously applied along the length of every section of lead came, between lip and glass, a process also repeated for both sides of the window. The glass is buffed with English whiting, and finally the lead is blackened to a deep finish with Stove Polish.
Propped against a window overlooking my back garden
She is a thing of rare beauty, n’est-ce pas?
and… months later: