THE PRODUCTION PROCESS
After the final full scale lay out is approved fabrication can begin.
First each piece of glass is cut exactly to the shape delineated in the
pattern. They then must be joined into a unified window. There are
actually three methods of joining the glass, lead and zinc channels or
“came” are quite similar, but lead is more pliable.
Zinc works well for geometrical designs. The copper foil method
utilizes thin copper foil wrapped around each piece of glass and a
solder bead joins the pieces. It works well for organic designs and
very detailed areas. Copper foil is also used for intricate lampshades
that follow a curved form. Two or more of these different methods are
sometimes combined in one window. After glass is cut and joined with
one or more of the aforementioned methods the window is often finished
with a patina turning silver lead a coppery color or a dark
Lead and zinc came is also a slivery color but can be patined. The
patina can help the beauty of the glass stand forward, with out
distraction. More modern feel windows of clear textured glass can look
good left silver and of course it depends on the context of the rest of
the environment where the piece will reside.