How Stained Glass is Made- Beveled Glass
In a nut shellhow stained glass windows are made:
First, a design is drawn up to perfection and scaled to fit the door the customer wants. Then, the glass sheets are cut and ground into pieces, by hand, to fit the door, any painting and kiln firing is done after this, the lead came is wrapped around each piece of glass and connected together at the joins. The assembled door is then puttied, dried and polished ready for installation!
The interesting thing about stained glass is that it is meant to tell a story and the colors are normally vibrant so that when the sun shines down on the stained glass it shows a beautiful image on the ground. In Medieval times, the design was drawn directly on the surface of a whitewashed table, which was then used as a pattern for cutting, painting and assembling the window. The design is then divided into a patchwork, providing a template for each small glass piece. The exact position of the lead which holds the glass in place is also noted as it is part of the calculated visual effect.
Sans Soucie’s art work in general is outstanding, and there will be no exception for these stunning door pieces: