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                                                  The Stained Glass Association of America

Specifying Stained Glass

     Stained glass is a general term covering       determines the client’s likes and dislikes,      glass is cut into the myriad pieces required to
all forms of glass used in a decorative man-        and to arrive at a general theme and style.      build the window. When the design requires
ner, primarily for windows, but also for a          If a special sketch is required, the artist      detail painting or ornamentation of the glass
myriad of secular uses prevalent today.             will then be able to create the appropriate      surface, it must be done with pigments
                                                    design.                                          designed specifically for stained glass. Once
     Inasmuch as the stained glass craft is an    2. The client makes known any budget               applied, the pigment is fired in a kiln to the
adjunct of architecture, this Association           restrictions. Any one of our members will        proper temperature for the respective pig-
favors the principle of architectural direction     gladly assist in setting up a practical budg-    ment, usually between 1000 and 1250
in the selection of artisans or studios and the     et.                                              degrees Fahrenheit, thus assuring absolute
commissioning of stained glass projects.          3. The names of the craftsmen invited to           permanency. The pieces of glass are joined
                                                    make proposals are made known to all             together with lead came (H-shaped strips)
     Products of SGAA artisans are ideas            concerned.                                       and soldered at their intersections on both
and concepts that are translated into site-spe-                                                      interior and exterior surfaces of the assem-
cific designs satisfying the requirements of           Consultation between architect, client        bled panel of stained glass. Varying widths
the project, budget and schedule. We believe      and craftsman should begin before contract         of lead came are often used to add to the
that project success is better assured when a     documents are finalized. Early cooperation         window’s decorative effect as well as
studio is selected not on the basis of a          will assure a well-integrated design that con-     enhance its strength.
“square foot” bid but rather by virtue of         siders all architectural, structural and interior
artistic ability, imagination, past success and,  building elements.                                      To prevent leakage, a mastic water-
of course, willingness to work within the                                                            proofing material is inserted between the
project constraints of time and money.                 Historically, SGAA artisans prefer that       glass and the flange of the lead came. This
Consultation and design-progress review           their agreement be directly with the client,       process, often called “cementing,” is
with the architect, client and artisan should     fully separated from the general contract;         required on both interior and exterior sur-
take place before construction documents          however, all are vitally concerned with the        faces of the panel and is paramount in weath-
are complete. Early and regular review ses-       full satisfaction of the client and can adapt      erproofing as well as stiffening the panel. It
sions are welcome; such will save time and        their process to fit the project.                  is recommended that panels be stored on a
prevent the needless cost of design adjust-                                                          flat surface for a minimum of two weeks
ment.                                                          Leaded Stained Glass                  prior to installation, thereby allowing them
                                                       The Process: The preparatory sketch is        to properly cure.
     Therefore, we believe that ideal condi-      translated into full-size mechanical drawings
tions fostering mutual confidence and the         (cartoons) and further into actual patterns to          Reinforcing bars, regardless of the type,
best practical procedure will prevail when        be used to cut the glass. Once the patterns        are typically fastened or mechanically
only one craftsman studies the problem with       have been prepared and assigned color, the         engaged at regular horizontal intervals to the
the architect and client. Should such a crafts-
man fail to provide a sat-
isfactory solution, we
believe that he should
withdraw, thus permit-
ting another craftsman to
fully cooperate with the
client.

     If the prospective
client wishes proposals
from more than one
craftsman, we earnestly
recommend the follow-
ing procedure:
1. A personal discussion

  is held with each
  craftsman invited that

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