Thursday, 5 December 2013
Posted by History at 12/05/2013 12:11:00 pm
Friday, 20 September 2013
The photo at bottom, is a new panel, one of three modified slightly in design so as to match existing panels shown here as well as two other lap and sash windows . They are to be installed in three wind out windows to be included in a living area extension and the antique and waterglass coupled with the bevel, a touch of red and some blue glass should create a refreshing crisp, clean look. Being more square in shape required shortening of the ribbon and some changes to the design layout.
Posted by History at 9/20/2013 12:30:00 pm
Posted by History at 9/20/2013 12:08:00 pm
Friday, 23 August 2013
Hi everyone! With Christmas not too far away, it will soon be time to revisit the process of seeking out gifts for friends and loved ones. Do I hear a groan? If so why not make it easy on yourselves?
What better way to avoid the battle with traffic and crowds in search or that quality gift, than to organise a hand made gift, made in Australia via internet and which is unique and very different and have it freighted to you? We are able to create a range of glass pieces whether small or large ranging from as little as $75 including wall mirrors, floral or Australiana hangings, a light catcher, sidelight, door panel or transom or a painting of your favourite place as done by Les, a UK trained artist from Bolton School of Art with many years of experience. This can all be arranged from the comfort of your lounge room or office ,via the internet or email, and freighted to you anywhere in Australia including rural areas ( some limitations apply re size - less than approximately 1m re square or diameter ). If you wish we can even gift wrap your item for you! We are always open to suggestions and service is our speciality so feel free to drop us an email as we are happy to help with any enquiry.
We also create gifts for other special events such as weddings, anniversaries and birthdays.
For all enquiries simply email email@example.com or phone 0427205662.
Posted by History at 8/23/2013 12:49:00 pm
Friday, 14 June 2013
Posted by History at 6/14/2013 01:26:00 pm
Saturday, 1 June 2013
Finally, I am back doing some glasswork. Have had to step up to the plate and work again to earn some income having not had a decent one for quite some time, band so any mirrors for art exhibitions as was the focus back in 2008/9/10 have had to be placed on hold. When the second lot of stormwater swamped us, I was in the middle of constructing a wildflowers mirror the bits and pattern are still sitting in a plastic bucket!
Having undertaken a sea change, one downside is the limited space and the other not having the usual beautiful garden as a backdrop for photographing. Perhaps one day before I am too old. This has been replaced by a colour bond fence which I am afraid does not exactly compliment the leadlights. However a photo posted is better than none.
The first panel here was one of four created to match and crown existing windows. Hence the hammer glass and older Edwardian style rose design.
The second is similar to one already on this post which was made several years ago to fill a space vacated by an old air-conditioner. It was designed to compliment rather than match the other with similar shape but slight variation in the porthole effect but minus wattle but with surrounding eucalyptus flowers as appeared in the other one. The sea green and tea waterglass is proving ever popular and the recent project also incorporates this glass.
The design in the sketch below is currently in progress with family crests and art noveau flowers. This is usually how I present the concept to customers so they can see how the design might look on completion, although it can look far bolder due to the flat look given no light reflection which usually exists with glass on completion . To date I have cut in excess of 700 pieces of glass and am close to finishing. If the weather is fine towards the end of next week will be puttying or cementing them which will be a huge job given there are seven panels comprising two door panels ( as per sketch, a transom which is the bit above the door , two lower sidelights in excess of a metre long and two smaller top sidelights to make up a front door surround.
I just love a challenge and creating unique designs such as this is just fantastic! Just knowing here is no other like it in the world makes it all so worth while along with the enjoyment it brings for years to come for those who look at it each day. Thanks to all of you out there, past present and future who trust in me!
Posted by History at 6/01/2013 01:13:00 pm
Saturday, 9 February 2013
January has passed very quickly, indicating New year is over all bar the Chinese New Year which is somewhat significant in ensuring in that my year is supposed to be a good one according to their Horoscope! Along with 1989 and 2001 which was stated years of major upheavals and which in my work was, and which were also massive changes in the world, there must be something in their predictions! In 1989 we relocated from Adelaide and 2001 was my last year as a school principal and one of turmoil. Only hope they are right as the past two have been absolute rubbish, through no fault of our own and is time for a change and some good luck!. It is claimed this year will be a prosperous one and time of massive change and we hope that is an accurate prediction in the most positive of ways as it will take far longer to make up the loss experienced over the past two years! The glass work should be up and running again as soon as my cabinets are completed. I can hardly wait! It was anticipated as happening about now but is a little delayed.
Patience is a virtue! ( I need to put that on the famous quotes section of my Facebook!) Thanks to those who are waiting patiently for me to things get up and running again and sincerest apologies for the delays. I still have a wildflower mirror in piece to complete which was at last glimpse sitting cut out on my workbench all but the background in readiness from the John O'Brien festival art exhibition when a wall of water which having nowhere to go and combined with greasy silt from the dam on the common trashed our home in March 2012. Will be like a large jigsaw puzzle finding where each piece sits! Watch this space for updates!
Posted by History at 2/09/2013 06:43:00 pm
20cm x 30cm Acrylic on canvas unframed: $150
" Footbridge over Crooked River"
One of the most relaxing places we have visited to admire the changing landscape is the Crooked River wherre the tiny flathead and sand whiting swim and the soldier crabs burrow their way into to the soft mud. The footbridge crosses the river and privides access to the Seven Mile beach.This painting is looking east across the river to the beach with ocean in the background.
Posted by History at 2/09/2013 04:25:00 pm
Sunday, 16 December 2012
It was during January 2011 following displacement from our home from the storm water that we spent a month or two on the road driving through Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia visiting beautiful places along the South Australian and Victorian Coastline and Western Australian Bight. On the return trip we visited my home town of Broken Hill which had received such massive rainfall that the Mundi Mundi Plain desert orange soils had been replaced by a soft green layer of vegetation. Throughout the week we were there it rained and squalled before finally drifting off to Victoria to do more flood damage. The Umberumberka Reservoir and Stephens Creek Reservoir were both brimming full in a way we have never seen before in our lifetime, and the views made for great art inspiration. The painting of Umberumberka Creek reflects the beauty of the outback after the rains, and to be able to wade up the creek in bare feet on a gorgeous day was just a fantastic experience. Sunsets on the landscape and water reflections made for a stunning landscape.
Size 630 x 500 framed
"Umberumberka Creek": $ 450
The expanse of the brimming Menindee Lakes after such a long drought period was also inspirational. The last time we had seen it during drought, there was a yacht and a plane resting in the very dry lake bed. It was a juxtaposition to see such a huge volume of water and vastness of the expanse at Sunset Strip near Menindee was a sight to behold. As a child we knew of people ( not us) who were wealthy enough to have a holiday home there during the 1960s and where they would boat and swim during holiday periods and on weekends.It is now experiencing a resurgence.
This beautiful, vast expanse of water provided the stimulous for the following three artworks, reflecting the light at different times of the day and ever changing light and sky. The first painting being morning light, the second afternoon and the latter the evening light.
Menindee Lakes - Morning Light - framed $350
Size 560 x 400mm
Size :620 x 460mm
Each of these works is acrylic painted on stretched archival canvas
Whether water scenes in the outback or at the coast, the wonder of nature at particular moments in time is indeed a beauty to behold.
Here in Kiama and surrounds where we have chosen to settle, the light on the ocean is constantly changing. One day, a sparkling jewelled, intense blue sea another a flat glassy greeny grey seafoam; another a soft grey misty haze or a spumy, white crested choppy churning mass depositing rays, puffer fish, and seaweed onto the pristeen sands. Storms which roll from the mountains to the sea with the changing weather make for brilliant landscapes.
Artworks framed or unframed, are available for sale and commissions accepted Australia wide and overseas through our online gallery. Now registered nationally. Payment available via EFT and glass and artworks freighted or delivered depending on location. Available 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.
To Contact: email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0427205662 .
Posted by History at 12/16/2012 12:47:00 pm
Friday, 14 December 2012
Yet another year has almost passed and Christmas is once again just around the corner. Each year seems increasingly more difficult to reach the ideal balance between serenity and joy of quiet celebration and completing Christmas shopping with the frantic pace of crowds and shopping malls and commercial hysteria!.
Since we have relocated to the coast there have been several enquiries as to where we are and whether we are doing any glass work and artwork! It must be Murphy's Law given we have been out of action for so long and very little request for our art.
We are hoping to be set up again in the New Year and have orders in for more glass cabinets and plan to be operating again soon.
We have onl recently found a permanent residence to rent and place to settle after being displaced for so long from our home. We will not be returning given the risk of a recurrence as to lose precious possessions again would be too great a stress.
What with the effects of the drought some eight years ago in 2004 when I first started back into leadlight work after leaving the Department of Education, then the GFC and economic downturn, when things slowed to a virtual halt other than the odd piece such as the RSL panel, things were looking pretty grim! Thinking that was the last of it and wondering if we could get going again, we were then walloped by the storm water and silt from a breached dam and or levee on the common and sewage latest disasters in dealing with damaged house and loss of contents. The wildflowers mirror planned for the Narrandera Art exhibition was in pieces which are still hiding somewhere in a box and it has been difficult to ascertain what we own and what is missing never to be seen again. This was almost as bad as having hand knitted jumpers returned damaged after treatment renewing bad memories of what they and life had once been for us.
An order has been placed for new cabinets to hold art and glass which should be in place by February.
Replacing furniture and possessions for a second time ( or third if counting the original) over two years has been stressful coupled with sorting issues which was a full time occupation albeit unpaid!. I wonder how people in the USA who are constantly hit by hurricanes or tornados year in and year out and not knowing if and when the next will strike, manage to keep body and soul together.
Hopefully, we have seen the last of all the trauma and 2013 will be a happier year and bring much prosperity to all. Thank you to those of you who have emailed or phoned with good wishes.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish each an every one of you A Very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.
Posted by History at 12/14/2012 04:16:00 pm
We have now relocated to the coast where the climate is is not so extreme.. no more frosts and fogs!
Although we are renting a small villa, we plan to find some space within to operate and will be up and running in 2013 creating more artworks and glass pieces. It is likely the garage will become a work studio. While we are now residing in the Shellharbour area we are able to complete work outside the area where we are basedas has been the case a few years back when we constructed panels for Hunter Valley and Queensland. So if you like our unique style and quality work and have an enquiry, please drop an email or a call us up!
Although we have been out of action for quite some years other than the odd piece such as that made for the RSL, and mirror for gifts or art exhibition, we have recently received several expressions of interest from clients wanting our services and we thank them for their patience while we get up and running again.
One of my most favourite pieces, the Australian Gum Blossom mirror which was exhibited at a gallery caught a buyers eye and sold. The wildflowers mirror underway after moving back home last August and which was being made for the Narrandera art exhibition and John O'Brien festival is now in a box packed away somewhere. Having finished cutting it, except the background, the entire event was suddenly disrupted buy another wall of silt and water which hit in March this year.
Fortunately this time we were able to shift our vehicles and unlike 2010 they survived the ordeal!.
To all our friends, we wish you all A Very Merry Christmas and A Peaceful & Prosperous 2013.
Deepest thanks to those of you who have contacted us about leadlight and for your loyalty, patience and understanding in being prepared to wait while we set up. Cabinets are on order to be made in the new year when the business Bostocks in Wagga Wagga resumes from a well earned break and we expect come end of January of mid February we can attend to your orders and requests. Bostocks kindly made the cabinets back in 2011 and are a fantastic company. The cabinets unfortunately were seriously damaged and had to be discarded so hopefully it will be a case of second time lucky!.
Posted by History at 12/14/2012 04:00:00 pm
Thursday, 8 November 2012
Relocation to Illawarra and Shoalhaven Area:
We have been out of circulation for a while but we are now gradually getting organised following what has been a very trying time. After moving back into our home after 10 months of disruption in 2010 and completing the RSL navy, army and airforce memorial leadlight panels for the RSL NSW now displayed in the Lockhart Club, a half finished wild flower mirror and paintings, we were just starting to feel we were returning to some semblance of normality when in March, we again copped another flogging with same destroying out house and most of what we had worked to replace including furniture! After many months of disruption we have now relocated to the Illawarra south coast area and in a few weeks will be getting back into the artwork! This time, being on much higher ground, it is seriously hoped that sewage, silt and stormwater which caused so much chaos and damage will no longer be an issue for us and we can finally get on with life and get back to creating and doing what we do best!
During the past couple of years, while not able to do much while being housed in temporary accommodation for the majority of the time, we have been travelling about and at same time seeking stimulous and ideas for future artworks.We look forward to a new life albeit after many years of set backs as we are certainly not spring chickens. New ventures and creating more interesting pieces will be back on the agenda and to any of you who follows and appreciates our work. We are still able to provide new pieces and will be getting back into creating very soon! Watch this space!
Posted by History at 11/08/2012 06:31:00 pm
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Picture 1: RSL leadlight with limited back lighting 2. Leadlight installed taken from the outside 3. Leadlight installed taken from inside.
The latest venture in the leadlight construction has been this panel approximately 1.5 metres wide built for the Lockhart RSL. It represents the Royal Australian Navy; The Australian Army and the Royal Australian Airforce. It will most likely be installed in a light box so as to be backed by sufficent light and afford protection when mounted on the wall.
I must say this is my first effort at designing an eagle and while the chain on the anchor initially posed a slight problem in designing so as not tocreate too many fiddly pieces of glass to be cut and then leaded up, both panels worked out quite well and was happy with the result. It was a little different to the one completed for Broken Hill Mess in that the Hopper in it was quite a striking focus and in this panel, making it look striking while maintaining a conservative approach made be a little tentative. The army one was not really an issue having created and built one before for The Base Mess at Broken Hill comprising the Hopper, Army Badge and SA regiment badge.
Update: The RSL leadlight is finally installed, only issue being it was installed back to front as the design is in reverse when viewed from the inside. The badges sit in a particular order. Initially it was designed to be housed in a light box with timber surround and so as to be permanently fluro lit from behind to highlight the colours. However this was not to be once handed over, and someone else took control deciding it would be placed in an existing window space and being larger, required adjustment to fit.
While feedback has been nothing but positive re the item, I can but feel a mild sense of disappointment in that it is not quite what I envisaged it to be.
The surround would not be quite as I would have done it balancing it by including a little blue and gold in the border to highlight the work and contrast the clear background had I been in a position to do this. Regardless of this, it looks pretty good and is winderful to do a piece of work which is representative and commemorates the many members of the Australian Navy, Army and Airforce who have done so much for Australia both in times of conflict and within communities .God bless each and every one of you and for those involved in conflict , may you stay protected and wish you a safe journey.
Les has been water colour painting with two works - one of Kenrick Homestead and my Grandmother coming home in the sulky . Kenrick was my mother's childhood home.The other work of art is the Poppet head at Broken Hill.
Les also completed the lettering on the RSL leadlight.
It is less than two months to Christmas and we are hoping 2012 is a far far better year than 2011 has been . Roll on 2012!
Posted by History at 11/02/2011 03:00:00 pm
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
These three works now : SOLD
Recent artworks by Les:
Man and his Dog in Rome, Seking Canal and Bridge of Verona are just three works completed in recent months. Hill End is still yet to be completed. Note: Man and his Dog in Rome,and Bridge of Verona have gone to good homes and have been sold. Other works POA.
Posted by History at 11/03/2010 04:51:00 pm
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
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Saturday, 19 January 2008
Posted by History at 1/19/2008 12:43:00 pm
Saturday, 8 September 2007
With a relatively quiet week spent sniffling and snuffling with some pesky respiratory ailment- perhaps hay fever (or allergy to this climate) although this is not usually an annual event for me, I have relished the small break. Could be the return of cold weather and lack of rain to clear the air! Just as spring decides to arrive, and we are lulled into believing it is warming up,the temperature plummets to 2 degrees! Not a drop of rain, though, which has the farmers worried yet again as their crops are starting to brown in patches.
One major task during the week was a serious spring clean of the leadlight studio, stripped out, cleaned and rearranged which meant lifting and shifting almost half a tonne of glass and gear and replacing it after undertaking an early Spring Clean. Quite an accomplishment for someone who loathes housework as much as I do! I figure life is too short and it is such a thankless task although I guess it is something we all do regardless! It would be nice if it could be achieved with a wave of a magic wand or a mere flick of a switch! I have discovered muscles I didn't know existed in my body and was more effective than a trip to a gym!
The next task on the books is a door panel, and following that some window panels. After considerable deliberation I have decided to build it in two sections as it will be almost impossible to turn over during soldering due to the weight. The panel is almost 1.6m long by 620mm wide. The existing panel, in rather poor condition, requires replacement with several breaks and becoming unstable as a result of opening and closing ( no reinforcing bars were used). Being made with zinc came , although lighter than lead is less flexible and can often result in glass cracking. I have determined that to create a similar panel will require three reinforcing bars, together with reinforcement on the edges and be made of lead not zinc, however with size - amount of glass and lead making it rather heavy, it needs to be created in two parts and fitted together on installation.
The design is to be geometric- with a focus on hexagons and diamonds.
Most leadlights I have constructed have usually been separated by a wooden support with glasswork in the top and /or bottom sections. Some similar ones built and installed in the US are double glazed.
More on this in a week or two as the job progresses!
Posted by History at 9/08/2007 12:38:00 pm
Saturday, 25 August 2007
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Thursday, 9 August 2007
Posted by History at 8/09/2007 11:08:00 am
Saturday, 28 July 2007
The colours seem to work well, with the blues contrasting the ambers representing the sun.
Originally it was requested the dove be larger however I am somewhat particular regarding how I incorporate birds into leadlight panels as they can look quite ugly if they dominate the space particularly if the panel is relatively small ( less than a metre across) . Hence a simple approach was preferred in keeping the bird smaller as this panel was approximately 400mm across and with border increasing it to 550-600mm. The bird has been created from iridised white streaky glass where the surface of the glass has been treated to create a mottled effect reflecting a shine and flashed appearance with pastel colour change. Amber antique and waterglass was used for the sun.
Drafting birds can pose difficulties not only with regard to feathers but also in creating an artisitic finish. I once sighted a galah in a front door sidelight which took up more than half the area and making overall design quite ugly. Since then have erred on the side of caution with regard to incorporating birds when compiling a design and should the space to be filled be quite small, is not really recommended. Unless created using stained glass- where the feathers are painted on and kiln fired prior to leading, which is a separate process, the smaller the design the more limited in cutting shapes to create feathers unless relying on the streaky features in wispy glass and selecting and cutting to best fit sections of the design.
It is reassuring to see a resurgence in the popularity of leadlight in newer homes as it was once viewed as something found in older Federation and Victorian homes, some of which did not suit modern buildings og today, however, with brighter coloured glass, greater contrast in colours, and modern designs, it can be made to look a brilliant feature in modern homes while providing an individual touch.
Posted by History at 7/28/2007 01:22:00 pm
Thursday, 19 July 2007
These panels complete the entryway... with a transom, two top sidelights and two arched bottom sidelights. The top sidelights and transom have been capped with a violet arch in the design to compliment the arch in the bottom sidelights and highlight the violet in the flowers. The seagreen ribbon leaves flow up and across the panels linking them together in attempt to create an overall artwork and the sidelights on the right have been reversed to create a mirrored design effect given the symmetrical nature of the seven pieces however the free flowing leaves and slight a symmetrical elements of the designs break with formality. The colours- violet, teal and seagreen, waterglass and amber antique glass compliment each other in texture and colours . The background is Sahara glass. The photo is a composite constructed from the individual pieces to show the completes surround so if not perfectly aligned this is because of my cutting, pasting and stitching!!.
Posted by History at 7/19/2007 11:29:00 am
Monday, 30 April 2007
Riverina leadlight , along with glass mirrors, windows and doors, create artistic pieces in a range of media including watercolour, pastel, oils and acrylics. Les, who has a degree in Fine Arts from England is an accomplished artist who has created pieces for friends and colleagues throughout NSW and beyond.
Posted by History at 4/30/2007 02:37:00 pm
Thursday, 26 April 2007
Riverina Leadlight and Fine Art ( riverinaleadlight.com.au) commenced operation in 1988 while I was workinf for the department of education and was asked to fix a couple of broken panels. We provide a range of authentic leadlight panels, mirrors, artworks, insurance repairs, restoration and leadlight supplies for hobbyists throughout the Riverina, NSW and North Eastern Victoria.
We also repair windows for clients in metroplitan, regional and rural areas.
The leadlights are a quality product made from glass pieces cut and fitted together to specification to create a design for a window, door mirror or artwork and each piece is created to individual taste and size to fit.
Leadlight adds colour and sparkle to both older style and newer homes and designs can be made to suit with either traditional style or more contemporary.
The designs are drawn specifically to suit the measurement and balance the space to be filled. The pieces of coloured glass are then cut and fitted together in the traditional way using lengths of lead and soldered to create a finished which can be fitted into a frame. The panel is waterproofed and cleaned prior to fitting and made in keeping with safety standards.
Along with leadlight, we produce artworks in a range of media such as watercolour, oil and acrylic.
We hope you enjoy viewing some of the works we have created.
All works are copyright.
*Many thanks for your hard work. The leadlighting is a great addition to the overall impression of the house.
Prue -Hunter Valley Jan 2009
* Nola said " Oh Yes, one very thrilled recipient here! Jan 26 2008
* Prue & Dennis: Hunter Valley : Dennis and I are thrilled with the work you have done on the leadlights, Glenda. It has made our home come alive !!! Your expertise has restored the entrance hall and the front bedroom to how I imagine they must have looked when the house was built in the 1890s - albeit, with a different design. Many people have been "blown away" with the effect of your excellent work and are especially interested to know that you created it all, long-distance - from Lockhart in the Riverina - via telephone calls, emails and our very careful measurements ! Thank you for the time taken, on our behalf, to research the best methods of transporting our beautiful porthole leadlight to the Hunter Valley . Thank you too, to Les who assisted you by making up the sturdy crate in which the leadlight was transported. You are both very talented people and I intend, in a few months time, to commission Les to paint a picture of our restored house. We will be in touch again to have the remaining transom designed for the back door, when work has been completed in the kitchen.Many thanks for your delightful friendliness, customer-support and speedy completion of our superb new addition to our "work-in-progress".Prue and Dennis
* Monday, October 01, 2007
Anne Muir said...
Hi, I am the person who commissioned this beautiful hexagonal window from Glen. I was after a dove of peace and although I had something in mind, I could not really describe what I wanted to Glen. She came back with a few ideas and after a few changes we ended up with the above. I am absolutely thrilled with it and can't wait to see it installed in our new home which is currently under construction. I will send a picture to Glen once we are in the house. I am extremely happy with Glen's work and all her help with colours and textures etc.. I would definitely recommend Glen and Riverina Leadlight to anyone interested in adding something different and beautiful to their home.
* Love the new work, Glen, as I'm sure the new owners will too. It must be frustrating to encounter other people's poor workmanship. I know that fixing things done wrong first time around is not easy or pleasant work! Or cheap, for the owner!
Maryann 'n Steve said...
Thanks to Glen we are now the very proud owners of some absolutely gorgeous waterbirds. We cannot express how happy we are with every aspect of our interactions with Glen, from the initial consultation, through the whole design and consultation process, to viewing the work in progress and now the finished product. This is a very special addition to our backyard (yes, we are a little eccentric...most people put their leadlight in the house!).Glen and Riverina Leadlight have our recommendation to anyone looking for something different, created by someone who listens to your ideas, and produces a truly unique masterpiece. We are ecstatic!!Thanks Glen.....we will be back!
What is leadlight?
How is a leadlight made?
1. A design is created anda pattern drawn.
2. The glass pieces are cut to shape from the pattern
3 The pieces are fitted together like a jigsaw with the pieces separated by strips of H shaped lead to complete the design .
4 The joins are soldered to form a solid panel the correct size to fit a frame, window or door space.
(External or large internal panels such as doors and windows are reinforced for added strength and puttied and polished after construction to protect against the weather.)
5. The leadlight is puttied, cleaned and polished to blacken the lead
6 The leadlight is installed just as a pane of glass would be installed in a window frame.
The majority of our designs are unique and made to specification and we are able to create designs to suit a range of situations whether modern style, or Edwardian and Victorian.
Copperfoil products, also available, are not leadlight as they are not made using the same process, and therefore have limited applications such as lamps, small mirrors and light catchers.
Where leadlight be displayed in my home?
Modern designs can be created to suit 21C homes and should a permanent fixture not be possible, free hanging pieces are available.
In older homes, transoms above doors were often leadlighted allowing both light and air to pass between rooms. These panels were often hinged to allow warm air to flow between the rooms or to the outside on hot days, allowing cooler air to take its place. Fanshaped leadlights or " fanlights" also added colour and light to internal hallways.
A timber surround is preferred to allow flexibility of movement and to minimise expansion. Leadlight can be installed anywhere either internally or externally, however external panels require weather proofing and in some cased reinforcement. Porthole windows are a popular addition to some homes today and leadlights provide privacy as an alternative to plain glass or block excessive glare from the sun.
An addition to any bathroom or hallway can be a leadlight mirror with decorative design, framed or unframed to be hung or afixed to the wall. Cabinet and cupboard doors are another alternative in wall units or free standing cabinets. Brightly coloured mirror glass can be used to create artworks where backlighting is minimal, however lighting from behind can be fitted if desired.
Would I be able to make or repair a leadlight?
Many people undertake leadlight courses for various reasons , some with a view to learning a new skill, to create lamps and hangings, or make panels for their homes. It is important, however, to keep in focus as with any project, just what is involved in creating a piece, prior to commencement as this can often allay anguish and also unnecessary expense. While creating a light catcher can be a relatively simple and straight forward process, building a door panel or window pane can be a very different issue . Constructing a toolbox is largely different from building a house or a new kitchen and leadlight is a complex task!
I have had many people ask if I conduct classes as they wish to create a window or sidelight for their home with view to it being a cost saver. However, a half a dozen woodwork classes does not a back deck build and with door and window panels consideration must be given to a range of factors such as durability and stability, and waterproofing.
Unfortunately due to the issues of liability & safety, coupled with work space and cost factors I do not conduct leadlight classes however they are available through incorporated institutions such as TAFE.
Developing the basics of cutting and fitting pieces of glass together to create a panel or lamp the correct size takes some time and before committing funds to tools and materials it is wise, if considering DYI a cheaper option, to set realistic goals, to consider the reasons for embarking on a course and to research what is required to gain the desired result. After all, the last thing anyone would want is to considerable money spent on materials, course and tools to create a window only to find it sags and requires expert input to rectify the problem within a couple of years. ( Point in case being the case with a particular church window in the ACT designed and constructed all but a few years ago by someone claiming to be a leadlighter only to show signs of serious sagging and requiring attention. )
Leadlight courses include many facets ranging from craft like activities - copper foiling, lamp making, light catchers (which can be hung in front of windows )and smaller leadlight panels such as cabinets to trade based larger projects. It can require time and experience to reach the stage of knowledge of structures and construction techniques.
SO WHAT IS COPPERFOIL? Copperfoil is made by placing foil strips over the edge of the glass, piecing the glass design together by placing the pieces side by side and soldering over the entire foil strip. While it is light and suitable for lamps and smaller light catchers, it is far less flexible than leadlight as the H lead used in leadlight acts as a cushioning agent absorbing vibration during movement. ( e.g. caused by ground or air) Copperfoil panels are more rigid being separated by a paper thin strip of foil and consequently will often crack under the stress of movement and vibration-constant opening and closing - internal pressure created by air movement or ground movement resulting from traffic, climate and other factors.
It is important to consider the building standards regarding different situations of panels, depending on height, size, and placement whether in a bathroom, a wall, on a landing; internal or external and those not engaged in professional leadlight trade should check structural issues prior to embarking on a major project as some panels require reinforcement and support given the weight and location of the panel. Leadlight is very heavy and given a square metre of glass minus lead can weigh up to 7 kilos, a leadlight panel of same size can weight considerably more.
Leadlight is definitely should be viewed a trade rather than a hobby and professional leadlighters contacted regarding products and courses to ensure theyare experienced and /or a registered business.
Can leadlight be fitted into aluminium windows?
Timber windows do lend themselves far better to leadlights, and while the remaining windows in a home may be aluminium, it is possible to insert a timber frame in areas such as bathrooms to accommodate a leadlight.
How can I tell the condition of my leadlight?
Leadlights, if in good condition should be quite solid and strong. They can last many decades, even centuries depending on the degree of care. Sometimes if subjected to movement or impact, the leadlight may become loose and the lead may not support the glass sufficiently if the joints are poorly soldered. Lead which has been exposed to chemicals can resulted in oxidation and glass can become sandblasted over time in dry and dusty areas or if in a smoky or smoggy area. If subjected to continual movement and not reinforced, depending on how the leadlight was made, solder joints can fracture, putty from under the lead break away and cracks appear in the glass. In some cases, if subjected to stress, glass can develop hairline fractures almost naked to the human eye until the leadlight is dismantled or removed. However a well made leadlight should last for many years.
More often than not the leadlight can be repaired or restored if the glass is cracked or broken however if the leadlight has been poorly made, has gaps between the glass and the lead, is sandblasted or is allowing dust, drafts or water through gaps and if there is no other matching leadlight it may be more cost efficient to have a quality leadlight replacement build to same , similar or new design.
To determine the condition, tap gently with the hand or fingers and press with the hand on the leadlight pane. If it flexes more than the usual small amount (leadlight is meant to flex a little in order to withstand movement and air pressure), or if it rattles then it is in need of repair.
Placing sticky tape or contact over the leadlight is not a good idea unless a temporary screen to dust or rain and in this event if necessary, some masking tape and a small piece of heavy duty plastic is a far better alternative temporary measure until the leadlight can be repaired.
Leadlight is usually quite tough and solid if in good condition and well made. Solder joints and lead should be free of fine cracks. Glass which has cracked ( sometimes hairline and almost invisible to the naked eye) or broken should be replaced as over time the leadlight may weaken and is more difficult to salvage. If the glass is generally in good condition the lead can be replaced and re soldered requiring a REBUILD or RESTORE. Pieces of broken glass can often be matched and or replaced which is a REPAIR.
Should gaps can appear between the lead and the glass, it may require a complete re-seating into the lead or glass recut as poor cutting can result in the glass not seating into the lead came neatly. Some leadlights I have repaired or restored have contained glass which has been very poorly or roughly cut creating gaps between the glass and lead.
WHAT CAN BE DONE IF LEADLIGHTS ARE IN NEED OF REPAIR AND I AM SITUATED IN AN ISOLATED AREA?
For those living in isolated country areas who have leadlights in need of repair, leadlight panels can be removed by removing beading or putty using a chisel or sharp object. Before removing- photograph and measure the opening. When removing, if the leadlight is lacking in strength it can be placed or taped / strapped onto a board . The leadlight can be packaged in wooden panelling and transported to us for repair. If less than metre in length, Australia Post provides good service for a reasonable rate. We can repair the leadlight and return it within a few days depending upon our workload, however we endeavour to carry out emergency repairs to panels as quickly as possible. It also necessary to provide an exact measurement of the space from which the leadlight was removed ( to the nearest Millimetre, plus a photo of the design in case of total collapse! Then a new design cam be created to suit the existing pieces and measurements.
In the interim, the window space can be filled temporarily with a board such as MDF cut to size by a carpenter or builder or owner if a handy person and leadlights are not overly difficult to install as they are in one piece similar to what a panel of glass would be ( and equivalent in size).
On reinserting panels, glaziers points can be used then some putty or a non corrosive silicon applied to the outside after installation and trim or strips of putty being reapplied if necessary.
Leadlights and stained glass panels are relatively simple to install and the panel is a solid one piece which can be placed in situ given it is built to fit the precise space with a couple of millimetres to allow for movement. The surrounding lead should NEVER have nailes or tacks placed through it as this can cause the leadlight to twist in event of movement resulting in cracking and warping. Where leadlight is installed by clients or tradesmen, we are more than happy to provide assistance or advice to make the process and simple as possible and to ensure the leadlight will provide pleasure or enjoyment for many years to come.
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Repairs and Restorations
Leadlight panels, if old and subjected to movement or stresses over years may require reputtying if the old cement has turned powdery and the leadlight rattles. Over time, some cements can deteriorate allowing moisture and air to pass between the glass and the lead. The putty falls away as a fine dust. Excessive stress or movement may cause fine cracks to appear in the lead, glass or solder joints. If the joints and lead are in good condition, the leadlight may just require re-cementing.
If the lead has deteriorated, the leadlight may be taken apart glass removed, cleaned and rebuilt with broken sections replaced with new glass and lead if required.
If the leadlight is in poor condition, there are no other matching pieces, does not have historical significance or has been poorly made, a new replacement may be a more financially viable option. By retaining the old design and closely matching colours and textures an almost identical leadlight can be created in keeping with the original design. Some pieces of unique glass from the original leadlight may also be retained and reused and background replaced, depending upon the quality of the leadlight. If pieces have been badly cut or fitted, they may need reformatting.