Q. Exactly what is leaded glass?
A. Leaded glass is cut glass that is joined by lead came. That glass may be clear like window glass, or textured. Glue chip or waterglass are classic textures. (There are more than 50 types.) The glass may be beveled. Usually a 1/2” edge around each piece. Or it can be colored. Just like a painting, the possibilities of the art and patterns are endless. The Gallery has many examples.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. The cost of the finished work is factored on size in sq ft, complexity, glass type, and beveling. Generally prices range from $65/ sq ft for large clear diamonds, to over $250/ sq ft for complicated work like tight pattern Victorian or birds and flowers. Generally our builders budget around $75/ sq ft for gracious-but-simple symmetrical art or basic repeating patterns.
Q. Are they energy efficient?
A. No. They’re described as “single glazed.” For bathroom windows, most often we put the leaded glass up against an insulated glass (IG) window. We can also make the leaded glass and put it inside an IG unit, sealed against the weather.
Q. What about privacy?
A. The textures of the glass refract light at different rates. Some are subtle and the refraction is to provide beautiful patterns, with hardly any distortion, which is not private at all. Others are heavily textured and are very obscuring. Usually used in bathroom glass. Still others are so opaque that they are totally private, but that also reduces the light coming into the room. We’ll hold up sample sheets of glass for you to choose from.
Q. Are they vulnerable to break-in?
A. Surprisingly, No. (Those movie images are totally fantasy.) Even after significant bashing, a leaded glass window is still a network of came and broken glass. It’s much easier to break any other window in the house.
Q. What if I break it?
A. We’re specialists in on-site repair. We can replace individual pieces of glass – usually so perfectly you won’t be able to tell which piece has been repaired!
Q. Do you give lessons?
A. No. Sorry. We’re focused on efficient production of custom leaded glass. We’re happy to recommend Merry Go Round in Fort Worth for lessons, tools and supplies for hobbyists.
Q. Do you accept credit cards?
A. Sorry, No. Checks or cash only, please.
Q. How long does it take to make my window?
A. Usually two weeks for single glazed windows, depending on how many windows you’re ordering and if we have the glass you select in stock. Also, if you want them insulated, add another week to give the glass time to “set up” before we put it into the sealed space, and a couple of days for the seal to ”cure.” If custom beveling is desired, that may delay the window as well, depending on how many inches of beveling is involved. In any case, we’ll give you specific time estimates at the time of ordering.
Q. Do I have to come in to order glass?
A. No. We’re anxious to meet your needs completely, and we feel that we can do that best meeting with you here in the shop. We have abundant resources (pattern books, hundreds more photos, glass samples, etc.) to help you make your decisions on patterns and glass selections. We want to guide you on the nature and character of the glass, especially colored glasses. However, if you have a pattern already selected and a specific glass type in mind, we can work with phone and e-mail.
Q. Will you come to my house and give a free estimate?
A. No. Sorry. We can give you a price if we know the size, pattern and type of glass using a phone call or e-mail. Other than that, you’ll want to come in for design and consultation activities.
Q. I live in Granbury*. Will you come here to install leaded glass?
A. Yes. We call Tarrant County "home", but we've worked with customers all the way south to Stephenville, west to Possum Kingdom, northwest to Wichita Falls, north to Sherman, and east to Cedar Creek. Mileage charges may be applied.
(*or any cities and towns within 200 miles- includes: Arlington, Mansfield, Keller, Plano, Colleyville, Grand Prarie, Cedar Hill, Irving, Coppel, Grapevine, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Denton, Carrolton, The Colony, Garland, Rowlette, Mckinney, Richardson, Highland Village, Trophy Club, Southlake, Bedford, Euless, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Saginaw, White Settlement, River Oaks, Haslet, Decatur, Denton, Azle, Benbrook, Burleson, Crowley.)