glass and tile
Stained and leaded glass is an antique art. Most of the materials and techniques are the same now as they were in the earliest examples of stained glass we know of.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How does stained or leaded glass work?
A: The glass is cut into pieces which fit together like a puzzle. The pieces are held in place by a framework of lead strips. We solder the lead together and then use a gray putty to insulate and add strength to the structure.
Q: What happens to a leaded glass window and why do I need to fix it?
A: Leaded glass windows can experience catastrophic breakage from balls, hailstones, movers and so on. But even if they manage to escape those, time and the elements do have an effect that requires maintenance. The most frequent damage we see is simply aging and drying of the putty, which leads to a weakened structure, deterioration of the lead, and eventual slumping and breakage in the window.