This process continues on both sides of the assembled glass. In the kiln, more painted glass for the remaining two windows is being fired, with each kiln-load taking 6-8 hours to fire and cool. Alternating between windows and processes keeps the glassworker busy at all times.
November 29, 2007
November 17, 2007
Now it comes time to "lead-up" the stained glass window. Each of the hundreds of pieces of glass will be joined with lead cames. This is a meticulous fitting process as the window must match the pattern itself each step of the way.
First, each piece of glass is measured by rolling the edge on the lead, marking the end, and then cutting the came.
Then the lead came, being quite soft, is bent and formed around the glass piece. After marking with the lead knife, the lead is trimmed to fit with lead side-cutters.
Now the piece is carefully placed into its proper place on the pattern.
Then it is carefully fitted into the lead channel using the curved blade of a custom-made stopping knife.
If necessary, the glass is gently tapped into place with the lead end of the knife.
The piece is then temporarily held in place with horseshoe nails, and the procedure is repeated piece-by-piece until the entire window is completely assembled and ready to solder.
November 7, 2007
Then one final check with all the cut and painted pieces of glass on the light table. This is the last chance to make adjustments before the building of the window begins.