Leaded Glass

Written by Laurie Nichol
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Often, when we hear the term "leaded glass," we think of heavy, ornate, antique pieces in beautiful places of worship. In fact, this term refers to all types of stained glass windows. The matrix material that binds the colored panes together in a flexible framework is composed or lead rods, or "cames," and hence the name.

Upkeep and Restoration of Leaded Glass

While the colored panes of glass retain their beauty endlessly (given that certain precautions are taken), the leading in-between requires somewhat more care. Precisely because this material is flexible, it is also prone to aging and eventual brittleness and breakage. Proper treatment includes recementing of the lead solder and occasional replacement of more weathered pieces.

One of the prime weathering factors when it comes to historic windows is the damage caused by expansion and contraction in changing weather and by the heat trapped between the window and improperly-installed protection coverings. While the lead cames are perfect at counteracting the movement of expansion and contraction, they can only retain their flexibility for so long. And, when it comes to the protection of these priceless artifacts, don't further sabotage the health of the piece by selecting inferior covering!

In creating, restoring, or taking care of stained glass windows, it's important to have a reliable professional stained glass company at your disposal for advice, assistance, and the right products. In Stained Glass Focus, we try to provide you with much of the information you'll need to know to make the right decisions for your leaded glass pieces. But also, be sure to read around on the web and find out more about the pros and cons of each product, the dos and don'ts of restoration, and the professionals you can turn to with confidence.


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