Lynchburg Stained Glass produces true leaded stained glass, using traditional methods of craftsmanship. Skilled artisans hand-make our windows; all our studio personnel take great pride in their craft! Visit our Virtual Studio Tour page to view images of the whole process.
The term “leaded stained glass” refers to the lead-based strips (called “came”) placed between pieces of stained glass. These metal strips add structure to the window and allow differently-colored glass to be joined together. Lead came begins as long, straight strips whose cross-section looks like a capital “H.” This shape allows glass to be inserted from either side. Assembly of the window takes place on a flat surface. Sections of came are cut and bent to uniquely fit individual glass pieces within the design. In this manner, craftspeople build the window (properly called “glazing”), by starting on one edge and working their way across. The glazer alternates between lead and glass until she fully assembles the window, at which point the lead framework encapsulates every edge of the glass . Once assembled, all lead joints are hand-soldered on both sides of the panel.