Designing Stained Glass
Each of our greeting cards began as an original stained glass panel. To give you an idea of the craftsmanship involved, we will walk you through the development of one of our commissioned stained glass panels. Title: It Says Julie.
First, we consult with the client to understand how they envision the design of the panel. We attempt to understand the words they would like written in glass, the font, the colors they would like us to use, the framing material, the finish of the lead, and the overall size of the stained glass window.
Once we understand the customer’s vision, we implement it. Our first concern is to ensure that the background of the glass is created from a single piece of glass. This allows for flow continuity from one panel to the next, which gives a more fluid appearance and a deeper sense of integrity, both to the trained and to the untrained eye.
While many stained glass studios focus primarily on the glass, we believe that the lead has much more of a structural role. To go a step farther, we believe that the lead has the ability to add elegance and grace to a panel, so we spend a great deal of time ensuring that our lead lines contribute to the flow and artistry of the panel.
Finally, we add the border, the frame made of zinc (or wood), and we solder all of the vertices and polish the panel to ensure that the texture, color, and flow are apparent to anybody who views the panel. We end up with a work of art that makes a bold statement in bedroom windows, in offices, and as gifts. To share our art more widely, we are transforming our windows that have positive messages into greeting cards that you can share with friends, family, and people who will appreciate quality craftsmanship and a personal message written by you.
Jason L. Outlaw