Stained Glass and Leaded Light Image

Leaded lights describes a method of producing a window which consists of small pieces of glass framed by strips of lead. Joints in the lead are soldered together and cement is then brushed between the glass and the lead to give it a waterproof seal.

This principle originates from a time when glass could only be manufactured in small sizes, to create a window of a larger size the small pieces of glass had to be secured together. Clear, tinted or coloured glass can be used to produce a leaded light. It can be cut into any shape required to create geometric or ornamental designs, patterns, or even pictures.

Often confused with leaded lights, stained glass describes a technique of embellishing the surface of the glass with painted colours. The surface of the glass is painted and then fired in a kiln, this causes the glass to stain.

It is this staining process that gave the product its name. This method is often used in conjunction with leaded light techniques, some sections are stained while others are purely coloured glass.

Working closely with architects and designers, David Sidgwick Decorative Glass Specialists have been commissioned to create new stained glass windows for a broad spectrum of clients including ecclesiastic, commercial and private individuals.

Restoration and repair of existing windows can also be undertaken.