We hope these help - but do contact us if you have other questions about stained glass
A leaded light has no painted details – its made up of pieces of uncoloured or coloured glass – where the colour is integral to the glass. In both stained glass and leaded lights the individual glass pieces are held together in the lead matrix (lead ‘cames’ with the joints soldered) and made rigid and waterproof by applying ‘cement’ – a black putty-like compound.Much of what we do are leaded-lights, tho stained glass is the most commonly used term.
We fit (and remove the old glass, if relevant) most of our own work.
We have quite comprehensive instructions available for our self-fit customers. However installing stained glass and leaded lights successfully is not at all like fitting regular glass.
What determines the cost?
Generally the cost of the materials, design and installation costs are similar for most designs (related to the size). The more complex a panel is – in terms of shapes, and particularly the number of individual pieces of glass that have to be cut and assembled, the greater the cost.
If there are one or two minor cracks in an otherwise perfect panel that is well fitted, then consider leaving them alone. Cracked pieces may sometime be replaced in-situ, provided the panel is accessible and in otherwise good (ie its not bowed, and the glass isn’t loose in the lead) condition, although the manipulation of the lead may be visible.