I be able to do it myself?
There can be some pitfalls for the unwary. Knowledge and experience
regarding the complexities of leadlight design and construction
of panels, particularly external panels - what it involves
and how they are made to ensure adequate sizing, strength
and weatherproofing - is a must and knowing about this can
save many dollars.
Some interesting experiences and stories told by clients
and colleagues have made us all too aware of D.I.Y. projects
started with all good intention but given such limited information
resulted in a non-ending fiscal nightmare or discarded materials
and still no finished project in sight. On rare occasions
we have been asked to take on such unfinished projects to
which we have had to politely decline, given certain limitations!!
One interesting case where a potential client had their leadlight
window warping under pressure needed an entire panel rebuild,
another wondered why the door rattled when opened and closed,
it was a miracle the glass panel hadn't fallen to pieces.
So it certainly pays to check out what it involves before
contemplating the D.I.Y. project.
Here is some information concerning the potential pitfalls
of D.I.Y. projects and some of the techniques. It
could well save you money:
Leadlight designs are created with knowledge of the different
types of glass and lead came to be used and how it is to
be cut. As the design is used during construction, alterations
in design are difficult after construction has begun.
Specialist tools and materials are required to successfully
complete the task: grinder, lead cutter, solder, soldering
iron, building frames - all at a cost. NOTE: Glass and materials
are more costly retail than wholesale and money can be unwisely
spent if the tools are not used again or glass wrongly cut.
Skill and experience is required
in cutting both glass and lead, such as curved shapes, in
more complex designs to an exact fit - if the piece of the
glass is not perfectly cut it will not fit correctly, so
the completed panel is the correct size. Texture, thickness
and type of glass and lead all play a part in the balance
of creating and building a leadlight.
A suitable space for building the leadlight is needed. Slivers
of glass in the bedroom carpet (and in the fingers) can
pose a real problem as can storing the project.
Puttying, cleaning and polishing are quite dirty jobs, so
a suitable area is required.
And... will the window panel fit the space?
So, if you still really want to build your own leadlight...
...enjoy, have fun, and stand back and admire you work!
Otherwise contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org
or by telephone on 02 6920 5662 or
0427 205 662.
With each piece we are able to create a unique feature for
your home or workplace, or restore your existing leadlights
to their former glory.