Are you interested in your own unique piece of Glass art?
A Touch of Glass Studio can remodel original stained-glass installations within your home for an modern and personalised look. Or perhaps design and make your own addition for your home from scratch. We can also create pieces of home-ware and incredible gifts for your loved ones or as a special treat for yourself!
Please contact us for a no obligation chat about your ideas and we can work together to draw up a design that meets your requirements. Once a design has been chosen we will work to create a beautiful art piece to treasure forever. We accept commissions of any size so please do get in touch.
Here at the Studio, not only do we create new pieces, we also carry out repair and restoration work on stained glass and leaded lights. The lead came has a life of approximately 100 years depending on where the window is situated. A very drafty spot exposed to the elements or a busy door way, constantly opening and closing, it will undoubtedly be much less. You can easily tell if your stained glass window needs restoration if they rattle when tapped or if they are bowed. And of course over time, sadly pieces break. These can be replaced to the best possible match and hand painted if required with traditional techniques.
So how does it work?
The first stage is the removal of the panel. Once in the studio we take a rubbing of the window to create a “cartoon”. This becomes the working drawing we will work from to recreate the window.Then we will take the panel apart, carefully teasing each piece free from its old greying brittle lead frame.
Replacement pieces are cut and painted, if needed using traditional kiln fired paints. We will work with you with each stage to ensure you are happy with the process. We always strive to find the closest possible match.
The next stage is to lead the panel back together using leads of the same width and profile as the original lead. Adding additional strength with rods if we feel it’s needed.
All the joints are soldered and then the panel is cemented to make it weather proof and strengthen it. The excess cement is cleaned off and followed by a final polish!The result is a beautiful window that has been given a whole new lease of life, sparkling and shining and almost back to original beautiful state.
' We are absolutely delighted with Kirsty's restoration of out delicate stained glass door panels. Even she can't tell which panels she replaced they are so good. Can not wait to have them fully fitted into the door where they belong'