Multiple usages of stained glass
Stained glass is available in many ways: fixed or suspended stained glass window panel, decorative panel, rose window, mirror, sky light, lantern and lamp. It is used to hide a poor view, to preserve the privacy of a room, to beautify a window or a door, to reduce a too bright lighting or to create a captivating and cozy atmosphere, conducing to meditation. The pattern of a stained glass can be figurative or geometric or a combination of both.
How to achieve a stained glass project
A stained glass project starts with a meeting with the client to gather information about their needs and their tastes. Measurements are taken and an estimate is given. A sketch is made to continue the discussion. When the artisan and his client agreed about the sketch, design of a cutting and assembly plan is performed. The craftsman's know-how is important at this stage to observe the technical and structural elements that ensure the soundness of the window. Then, the colors of the glass sheets are selected and the pieces are cut by hand and carefully polished. They are then wrapped up with a copper foil and soldered together. A uniform black finish is made with patina on the solder joint to prevent tarnishing.
For your peace of mind and to avoid put at risk the health of your artisan, stained glass are assembled without lead. The solder used is a eutectic alloy of tin, copper and silver. The frame and the reinforcement elements are made of zinc and copper. No plastic is used in the manufacture of a stained glass window.
Atelier Rodrigue also makes the wooden frame of the stained glass when required and the installation at the customer site.
The price of a window is quite expensive because of the time invested in manufacturing and materials used in a proportion of 2/3 and 1/3 respectively. It is calculated according to the size of the project, the number of pieces per unit area and the level of difficulty of the installation.
Each custom project is well documented with assembly drawings, the part numbers of glass manufacturers, the wooden frame construction details, stain and varnish, etc., so that it is possible to add a unit well-matched to a set of existing stained glass windows. Lamps and lanterns that are not made on customized order are unique colors units because they are partly made with the inevitable glass scraps that accumulate over time and projects.