Window Fabrication


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 blackish-brown.

Bamboo Fabrication

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.

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