Thursday, January 12, 2012

What is Leaded Glass?

Lead came is the preferred method to fabricate stained glass if the window is large. It is also best and recommended if the window is exposed to the elements such as an exterior window. It is very strong after cementing.
Each piece of glass is individually cut. Channels of "H" came are placed around each individual piece of cut glass and then solder is dropped at every joint. Cement is then applied filling the gap in the channel between the glass on both sides.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What is the Copper Foil Method?

Copper foil was first used by L.C. Tiffany in the U.S.A., who is best known for his beautiful lamps. Copper foil is my favorite method to use for panels with intricate small pieces and curves. This technique involves cutting each piece of glass accurately and then grinding all edges of the individual pieces of glass. After this is done, copper foil is applied to the edge surrounding the entire glass piece. These pieces are then laid out to form the stained glass piece. A bead of lead solder is then applied to the all the seams of the copper foil on both sides filling in the gaps.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Colored Bevels in Built-In Cabinets

Thank you both for the pictures! M.Deb. came to me with a request for colored bevels for a custom built in cabinet made by a locally owned and operated Smitty Built-Ins. The subtle blue and green bevels surrounded by a pale rose glass ribbon flow gracefully in this design.

Hi Lorenia, Here's the picture of the cabinet with the bevel glass you made for me. This looks beautiful. Thanks for all your hard work. Thanks,

The link below will take you to Smitty Built-Ins' website for contact information.
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

How Can I Hang Your Stained Glass Panel?

QUESTION: I am interested in the 19" diameter round Swan Lake piece.

I have a 20" diameter window in a bathroom that I need to "cover" for privacy. But to that I would need to hange the glass there a way to hang this piece (maybe by a chain and a hook) that would allow me to put that stained glass art in front of the window??

ANSWER: The stained glass pieces available for sale all have a 1/2" ring at the center top for hanging. This piece is 19" diameter with 1/2" ring for a total size of 19-1/2" give or take 1/16". The panels can hang inside the window sill with a hook by the ring soldered on the panel. This panel size weighs approximately 3-1/2 lbs. Make sure your hook can support the weight. The picture below shows the hook inside the sill and an "S" hook was added so the panel would hang lower.
You can also use a jack chain attached to the wall and hang the panel at a desired height in window. It is not recomended to place in front of sliding or operating window. Because of the constant access to open and close the window, you might accidently hit and break either or both. I hope this answers your question. Thank you for your inquiry!

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Harley Davidson Stained Glass

 Stained glass panel on a table
Panel on a window sill with no sunlight
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lor's Stained Glass Palm Trees

Thank you for the picture Lor!

Hi Lorenia!

I am absolutely overwhelmed by this beautiful work of art! You made every aspect of the purchase so easy! I appreciate how you worked with me on the design and then configuring the dimensions that not only fit my easel, but my budget as well! I have it placed in my entryway so that it will immediately impress all of my guests. (And I will certainly provide them with your name when they undoubtedly ask who is responsible for taking their breath away!)

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!! I am confident I will be a repeat customer!
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Stained Glass Ocean Wave

John has a fire rated wire window (wire grid pattern) required by the building's safety code. He commissioned me to make a stained glass hanging that would fit behind his blinds to cover the glass.
Thank you John!

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Custom Stained Glass Design for Slumped Pieces

A good friend of mine had 2 slumped pieces her husband had bought for her while on a business trip to Quebec, Canada.
She had the idea of using the sailboat and fish integrated somehow in a hanging panel to cover a window in the bathroom area.
She chose a combination of dark opal glass to block the morning sunlight in her bathroom. The glob bubbles tied the slumped glass and stained glass together perfectly. The two mediums work effortlessly together.
Thank you for your patience Maria!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Architectural Cast Glass_Rock Ice

Slumped clear glass or cast glass is 3/8" thick and tempered.
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Friday, April 9, 2010

Victorian Stained Glass Tulip Window

Donna sent me a picture of a stained glass piece that she really liked both in design and color palette. The piece however, sold as a fixed size and not the shape she needed for her space. I came up with a version that was close to the panel modifying the design as well as the shape. Donna chose the colors from the sample glass I provided.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Stained Glass Square Pattern Window

This was a fun window to make. This piece has 7 different clear textured glass choices and 5 shades of green randomly placed to achieve this beautiful contemporary design.
The bathroom was still in the tiling stage when the picture below was taken. The window gives this space a splash of color and a distinct focal point
Thank you Brenda!!
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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Beveled Glass Circle Star

Beveled glass circle with beveled border and center star. Sparkel glass was used for the outer border giving it a hint of shimmer and shine framing this window beautifully. Privacy was important for bathroom.


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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Stained Glass Arch Birds of Paradise

My client wanted to cover his two arch windows with a stained glass piece because the light coming through was too bright. He mentioned birds of paradise, jacaranda, tropical stained glass theme. He decided to go with the birds of paradise theme. A couple of drawings were presented for this project with the dimensions he gave me. He requested a few modifications in color changes and started on the stained glass windows.


Hi Lorenia,
Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did, on the two stained glass windows, you made and, installed for me.
The process you employed, was for me intuitional and brilliant. You took a concept that I held in my mind. And I had no idea as to how to the mind object into a sketch. You did. You were able to take my concept and then render a drawing. And you're drawing beautifully expressed my concept. You and I then picked out the different colors that would express the drawing. I had no idea that we could use many colors and shades for the window. And then you made a drawing that showed how the window would look in that way. We went through NUMBER of alternate drawings before we did on exactly the combination that I had in mind. The construction process was faster than I had anticipated. When the stained glass windows were completed they were in my mind perfect. The quality of the construction was great, great materials and exceptional execution. The installation crew was expertly trained by you. Their work was competent and the windows were installed quickly. The completion of the project was wonder. The sun shining Through the windows changes durning the day, At many times in the day the quality of the light having passed thru the windows changes and is quite extraordinary. I am Happily able to say I would recommend your work to anyone considering stained glass windows made for them. Lastly your price was most reasonable considering the other prices that were quoted to me.

Thank You,
Joe Gomolski,
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Stained Glass Window Hangings

Jim and Christina bought stock stained glass hanging and found yet another way to use them. Thank you for sharing your experience with us!!
Dear San Diego GlassArt,
We are thrilled with your hanging GlassArt that we purchased from your studio by E-mail.
I was recently fortunate to have found a discarded door at our close-by recycle center. It was heavy, and, I knew from its weight that hidden under a poorly applied coat of white latex paint, I was likely to find an ancient jewel.
It turned out to be made of Oak, and I refinished it- leaving its history of added, and removed hardware showing through the final Spar varnish. Very nice!
So... We did it again with another door for the bathroom. Notice that the crescent moon (traditional outdoor bathroom symbol) peeks through from the outside, yet your total GlassArt is revealed the inside.
A lotta fun- and we have three more to go!
Thanks for the beautiful work!
Jim & Christina Simpson,
Sonoma, CA.
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Iron Stand Made for Stained Glass Hanging

Al bought a stained glass hanging from me around November 2009. He had the idea to make an iron frame for the hanging. I have been pretty busy and just had time to organize and upload web pictures. I think it looks fabulous Al!! Thank you for sharing.

Hi Lorenia,
You may remember me as I'm the fellow you met with a few months ago. Anyhow I'm working on some joint projects with a sculptor here in Lakeside and he helped me to design and build this wrought frame prototype.
As I may have mentioned to you before I have put a light behind the stained glass so that it could be lit at night also. I've attached it to a heavy metal base so it'd be difficult to tip over. Please let me know what you think of it and if you may be interested in putting it on your website once it's completed. I have several more ideas for your stained glass and will keep you posted as I progress.
Sincerely yours,
Al Sobil -
Designers Ironworks, Inc
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Stained Glass Pavones, Costa Rica

Stained Glass Poinsettias

These Stained Glass Poinsettias were made for a cabinet door. Two of these panels were made as mirror images. The glass chosen was heavily textured to ensure the contents behind the cabinet were not to be seen.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Beveled Glass Dining Room Windows

A tropical flair was added to this set of windows by adding foliage in shades of green textured glass.

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