Our Process of Creating a Leaded Glass Window
Ever wonder what it takes to get a stained glass window made? Aside from the answer "many, many hours" the process is a series of small (and often meticulous) tasks...

The Rebuilding Center - Portland, Oregon
Cob Medallion for The Rebuilding Center - Portland, OregonOne example of the process is a leaded glass window we installed at The Rebuilding Center in Portland, Oregon, an architectural salvage store that has recently undergone a large remodeling. The new addition incorporates a gathering area made of cob (mud and straw) construction.
The new home for this window is at the center of this gathering area set into a cob wall. The pattern for this window is an adaptation of a ceiling detail from a mosque in Cairo, Egypt with a lot of vine-like organic forms woven throughout. We used 6 colors and 458 pieces of glass in this window.
First, I drew the pattern. Next, I numbered and color-coded each pattern piece. Then I cut out the pattern pieces used them as templates to cut the glass. Color by color, piece by piece, the glass got cut out and its edges ground down as necessary. When all the glass was cut, I set the pieces into the lead came. Since this is a circular window, I began at the center and worked my way out to the edges. Each piece of lead came was cut and snugged to fit as the window took its shape. When I reached the outer rim, the lead joints were soldered on each side of the window and the window was glazed. The glaze fills the gap between the lead came and the glass and provides stability and strength to the window.
After the window was glazed and cleaned, I applied a patina to darken the lead, gave it a final polish, and set it into a wooden frame. The window was then ready for installation.
1. Drawing and coloring the glass patterns
2. Cutting the glass
3. Grinding the glass
4. Leading the window
5. All together
6. New home
7. The Cob Medallion window
8. In Situ