Trying something new, I took time-lapse videos of the assembly process for these stained glass panels (then sped them up further in editing) to compress dozens of hours of work into less than 4 minutes total.
Lead Came Assembly:
Assembling a stained glass panel with lead came is a traditional technique that involves hand cutting individual lead channel called came, which is inserted between each piece of glass then soldered at the joints to hold the panel together. This method allows for a larger variety of glass types and thicknesses to be used, and gives the panel a strong and rigid structure.
Soldering is the next step in creating a strong and durable structure for the panel. The solder is applied to the joints of the lead came, fusing the pieces of lead and glass together, and creating a smooth and seamless finish. As a design element, we tape off each joint first to ensure that the solder has crisp clean edges.
Glazing, patinating and polishing
Glazing a stained glass panel involves the application of putty between each piece of glass and the overlapping flange of the lead came. This secures the pieces in place and creates the solid yet flexible structure necessary for the panel to be able to adjust to changes in temperature over time. The final steps of patinating and polishing are applied to give the panel a finished look, enhancing the colors and details of the design, and protecting the panel from the elements.
If you missed out on the beginning of the process, see Part 1
And for the final reveal of the installed panels, continue to Part 3