How it works – the commissioning process
1) Inspiration and preparation:
The first stage is for us to meet you to discuss your ideas regarding your stained glass window project. Sometimes clients may show us photos of similar stained glass windows that have inspired them and they often talk about a theme or motif that they’d like to include. We will be able to advise you throughout the process as we bring your stained glass window to life; it is our aim to create a bespoke design that suits your tastes and requirements.
You will then choose the colours that you’d like to incorporate into your stained glass window. If you’re not sure, we’ll happily make some suggestions based on our expert opinion. We can also help you choose a pattern by showing you some ideas in pattern books. Please head to our “Choosing Your Design” section for more information.
We will measure the aperture and provide you with an estimate of the final cost. Upon acceptance, we ask for a 30% deposit.
2) Cartoon (sketch): Once you have made all of the relevant decisions regarding the design of your new stained glass window, we will create a detailed sketch for you. This is known as a cartoon and it includes both the pattern and colouring of your window.
3) Final Design: After you have reviewed the cartoon, we will make any amends that you require and then produce the final design.
4) Production - Once you’re happy with the final design of your new stained glass window, we will begin producing it in our workshop.
5) Fitting: Depending on the size and location of the project, we may be able to offer a fitting service, if that’s something you require. Otherwise, the stained glass window will be safely and securely packaged up and sent to either your property or to a local firm of fitters of your choice. Payment of the balance will be due on shipping or installation if we are providing the fitting service.
Refurbishment & Repairing Stained Glass Windows
If your stained glass window needs to be repaired or replaced, we will look closely at the original design of your and will try to remain completely faithful to it when we come to repair or recreate it.
With repair projects, we try to complete them on site wherever possible. However, when on site repairs are not possible (for major projects, for example), we will remove the panels and replace them with temporary glass or another protective material.
Our repair work will then be carried out in our studio where we try our best to use reclaimed materials, in keeping with the period of the original stained glass window. We will use glass types, patterns and colours to the most faithful match possible. After that, we will reinstall your window; restored to its former glory!