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How much longer does it take to make a stained glass window?

Whoops, I totally forgot I had started blogging about this! So here is part 2, but I must confess, I finished this panel Sunday (I dropped it off on Monday waiting for installed photos!) so the details are a bit blurry now! It took about 3 hours to lead up (build up the glass and lead came neatly and snuggly together using nothing more than a lead knife and horse shoe nails; the nails are to hold the glass in place, like an extra set of hands. I spent another couple of hours soldering all the joins in the lead together with solder. It then took 3 hours to cement and another hour or so to clean up….then I had to wait a couple of days for the cement to harden up; my workshop gets sauna hot so that helps speed things up! 10 minutes or so to apply patina to darken the solder joins …….more waiting for that to bite into the solder and lead, wash the patina acid off……..wait for it to dry again and then spent around an hour polishing it. It then got picked at and polished every time I went past it for a couple of days. It’s new owners are very pleased with it and will send photos when it gets installed (they are doing up the house) and hopefully I will be working with them again in the future on an internal panel! I didn’t take any photos of the cementing stage as its very messy and I have lost cameras that way before!

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How long does it take to make a stained glass window?

I am always being asked how long my work takes to make, so I thought I would document the process on a straight forward piece, a front door panel for a house in Sidmouth, this is a straight forward panel with no etching or painting involved and is 63 x 63 cm. I worked from 9.15 to 3.15 yesterday with 30 minutes for lunch, and probably another 30 minutes of faffing! In that time I marked out my cutting pattern (full size cartoon of the finished design) and altered bits I thought did not balance properly/slight ajustments to fit the size of the glass etc. Then I took a little break from it to do another drawing/get the kiln going for other work. I always leave a little break between making the cutting pattern and cutting so I can take one last look at it…….then down to cutting the pieces for this large front door panel

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I am a stained glass artist working in Exeter and a busy mum of 2; trying to carve a path through the tide of washing and children's toys that stands between me and making beautiful things.

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