Stained Glass

My Sun Benders are constructed with lead came and 100% soldered joints.

The term stained glass can refer to coloured glass as a material or to works created from it. Throughout its thousand-year history, the term has been applied almost exclusively to the windows of churches and other significant buildings. Although traditionally made in flat panels and used as windows, the creations of modern stained glass artists also include three-dimensional structures and sculpture.

As a material stained glass is glass that has been coloured by adding metallic salts during its manufacture. The coloured glass is crafted into stained glass windows in which small pieces of glass are arranged to form patterns or pictures, held together (traditionally) by strips of lead and supported by a rigid frame. Painted details and yellow stain are often used to enhance the design. The term stained glass is also applied to windows in which the colours have been painted onto the glass and then fused to the glass in a kiln.

The design of a window may be abstract or figurative; may incorporate narratives drawn from the Bible, history, or literature; may represent saints or patrons, or use symbolic motifs, in particular armorial. Windows within a building may be thematic, for example: within a church - episodes from the life of Christ; within a parliament building - shields of the constituencies; within a college hall - figures representing the arts and sciences; or within a home - flora, fauna, or landscape.

My Sun Benders have been crafted in several varieties for beautifying your windows.

Lead Came

My Sun Benders glass works are assembled by slotting them into H-sectioned lead cames.

COPPER FOIL

In many modern stained glass pieces, copper foil is now sometimes used instead of lead.
  • Great for smaller works.

    Copper foil is an easy, versatile alternative to came and is particularly useful for small projects.
    Using copper foil, the edges of the glass pieces are wrapped with adhesive copper tape, and soldered together along the adjacent copper strips.
    The copper foil technique (commonly called Tiffany stained glass, even though there is a debate about whether John La Farge or Louis Comfort Tiffany originated it) was invented in the 19th century, enabling creation of three-dimensional works, in addition to two-dimensional ones to which the lead came method is limited.

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