Leaded Lights can take on a wide variety of styles but are, generally, defined by the use of individual glass pieces divided by black lead lines of varying widths. They are most often found in domestic architecture but examples of them can be seen in Victorian churches.
This type of glass found popularity in the mid 1800s and continues to be popular to this day. It is a great way to produce bold designs relying on strong colour and the calligraphic quality of the lead.
Period Leaded Light Commissions
Creative Glass Works can carry out commissions to return the glass in your property to its former glory. During the life of your property, it is quite possible that original features were removed to be replaced with something more contemporary. Often, these windows looked great at the time, but have now started to look dated and out of place.
A period commission could be anything from an “off the shelf” replica pattern, to an exact copy of existing panels in your property or street. Also, it could be an interpretation of the style of the period with a certain twist to help the panel reflect your unique style.
All period commissions will be made using the same techniques as were used in the original panels, and we have a vast range of replica and restoration antique glass in stock from which we can pick the perfect type for your commission.
We have a number of pattern books from which to pick a suitable design that can be used directly, or adapted to suit, and we have worked on numerous period commissions across Bristol, Bath and the South of England.
Please take a look at our Period Commissions gallery to see a selection of our work.
Contemporary Leaded Light Commissions
A leadlight is a combination of black lines and spaces.
The spaces can be coloured or clear; opaque or transparent, and the lines of lead can be of varying width and length. In this respect, the leadlight is hugely versatile and can be used to interpret a wide range of images or designs.
One can take inspiration from a wide range of sources. For example, we have made leadlights inspired by Islamic geometric patterns, graffiti, and flock wallpaper. The more you can bring to the design, the better, as it enables us to create the perfect panel for you.
We offer a repair service at Creative Glass Works.
No matter what state your leaded lights are in, we can always get them looking good as new.
Some repairs can be carried out on site. For example, minor breaks and cracks can be repaired by lifting the wings of the old lead and removing the broken piece of glass. This is then replaced with a new piece that is cut to size, in order to match the original.
More serious breaks or cracked lead will need to be dealt with in the studio. In this case, we will carefully remove the broken panel from the window frame and securely board up the subsequent aperture. Once the panel is safely on the bench at Creative Glass Works studio, we will set to work carefully repairing your panel.
Any broken glass will be replaced with as close a match as is available. At our premises we have a vast range of antique and restoration glass from around the world to choose from, as well suppliers and manufacturers who can match a certain glass if needs be.
If the panel needs re-leading, we will carefully strip the panel of all old Lead Came. All good glass will be set aside and once cleaned, can be reassembled in exactly the same way as it would have been the day it was made.
A fitting service is available where required and is charged at £30+VAT per hour. We have an experienced team of glaziers, who are capable of glazing into a range of different materials including wood, stone, metal, and plastic.