South London Stained Glass - Windows and Leaded Lights

 Specialist designer, maker, restorer & installer of leaded glass for windows & doors using traditional methods & materials

Leaded lights - plain & simple

Traditional leaded lights, square, rectangular or diamond paned, made to order

Leaded light gallery

Leaded lights may be made with lead from 6 to 16mm width (one quarter to five eighths inch) with a rounded or flat profile - the flat usually having a small bead at the edges. We can use regular 3 or 4mm float glass, which is very flat and 'perfect', but often use a variety of horticultural glass, around 3mm, which has a less perfect surface, and provides a more traditional look. There are a variety of machine and handmade 'restoration' glasses available, with small bubbles (seeds) and an irregular surface and thickness. This (expensive) glass may be used throughout the panels or intermixed with less costly glass, to provide an older appearance.

Making new leaded light

  • I design, produce and install new stained glass panels and leaded lights in many different designs - traditional and modern. 

    Shows assembly of glass pieces onto the pattern, partly leaded, cutting lead with knife. Note the 16mm wide border (its more commonly 12mm wide) and the horseshoe nails.

Completed large lights

  • leaded lights made in Somerset
    Square, rectangular and diamond paned leaded lights made to order. 

    With 12mm wide flat profile English made lead, all with refinforcing steels hidden within the lead, edge-wise to the glass - for a Somerset farmhouse.

Under construction

  • Diamond paned leade light

    New leaded light sample being made for Somerset project. Uses a mixture of restoration quality glass and simple drawn glass to create a older appearance at reasonable cost. Note the 'weaving' of the leads in each direction for greater strength. 8mm wide round profile lead.

Leaded lights

  • We use very tradtional methods and materials.  

    All with 6mm wide round profile lead and in 3mm drawn glass for replacement casement windows  in South London

Leaded lights with motiff

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    Simple leaded lights to client's pattern, fitted in a summer house in Glastonbury.

Coloured leaded lights 

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    Simple rectangular pattern with coloured glass

It’s important that the arrangement of the lead is such that long runs in one piece are avoided since that may introduce a weakness, since strength is conferred by ensuring that the are a number of instances of cross leading - a bit like the way courses of bricks are arranged in a wall. Narrow thin steel strips may be concealed within the lead, edgewise to the glass to add rigidity. External support bars are also commonly added, set into the frame and 'hiding' behind lead lines. The panel is fixed to these bars with copper tie-wires.