Our extensive knowledge of glass types and sealed-units enable us to both, identify and match existing glass types and patterns, plus advise on the choice of glass to be used for any project or environment.
Whether working on-site for some of London's premiere building companies or fitting windows for the commercial or domestic sector, we provide a comprehensive advisory, design (if required), restoration, manufacture and fitting service.
We still make our leaded light and stained glass windows, as did the Medievals:
We hand-draw a cartoon (template), by which we cut the glass shapes.
The lead is stretched, cut to length, fitted into place, and held in position with horseshoe nails, before all joints are soldered. Next, the application of cement; a traditional mix of linseed oil, chalk and blackener (we make our own).
The next process, is to cover whole panel with whiting (chalk) - this absorbs much of the oil.
Finally, the whiting is brushed from the panel with a stiff bristle brush, then polished with a softer one, leaving all lead blackened and shiny, and all glass clean - all by hand, of course.
Stained glass window making is certainly on the decline: Gone are the days when stained glass window companies were commissioned to design and make windows for new-build streets or estates, and almost extinct now, the craftsmen who carry out this work.
And with many new-builds today being of a modern style, plus having to comply with health and safety and environmental constraints, it would seem that fewer stained glass windows will be preserved or made. Fortunately, at least for now, by mixing modern technology, methods and standards with traditional stained glass manufacture, Stately Glass is able to carry the baton for all of our Stained Glass Artist forefathers.