One of the recent issues arising with regard to leadlight panels are premade doors containing leadlight panels or leadlight look alikes. This recent leadlight of similar design containing central bevel cluster and bevel circles that I completed to replace a rather thin and flimsy leadlight made from very thin glass which had been in a door purchased as a new replacement front door .While looking similar to the real thing the artificial leadlight is very different and is very hard to pick this difference!.
I have added a pink border on this one at request of the client, as most of the panels usually are uncoloured glass and either rectangular or oval containing bevel clusters or bevels. With this particular door, the panel had been stapled into the door and both the door and the shape of panel were not at all symmetrical which made the task even more difficult being a symmetrical design!! . The trim was compressed cardboard. I have had several requests from customers who have ended up with a broken panel as a result of a slight bang on the leadlight with keys or an object, or the door shutting a little too hard. I altered this leadlight to ensure the background glass contained more pieces( eight instead of six ) so as to be in keeping with safety standards. The last thing one would want is for a child to be able to break the glass on contact and suffer an injury! Also the security is an issue in being so flimsy as to be able to be broken and piece removed allowing access to the lock. Authentic lead lights are quite strong and in being made the original way, and puttied rather glued in, whereas some artificial leadlights are nowhere near as durable. It seems these doors with premade "leadlight panels" are readily available on the market, and for those wanting a leadlight panel is not quite the " real thing". If buying such a door it pays to ask about the glass panels!