Is this real leaded glass?
Yes, our windows are built with the same traditional methods used since 1000 A.D. (only we have better tools, electricity – yeah!) We also have access to an amazing palate of colors and textures historically unprecedented. Special colors and textures can be created in our kiln. Our glass is hand selected and comes from all over the world. I am a lucky woman to have one of the largest suppliers in the United States a mere 11 miles away from my studio
What areas do you serve?
Servicing all of these California counties:
Greater Los Angeles, CA area including: The Greater Los Angeles area including: Agoura Hills, Alhambra, Arcadia, Artesia, Avalon, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Bradbury, Brentwood, Burbank, Calabasas, Carson, Cerritos, Claremont, Commerce, Compton, Covina, Cudahy, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, El Monte, El Segundo, Gardena, Glendale, Glendora, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Canada, Flintridge, La Mirada, La Puente, La Verne, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lawndale, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Maywood, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Norwalk, Palmdale, Palos Verdes Estates, Paramount, Pasadena, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Marino, Santa Clarita, Santa FE Springs, Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, Signal Hill, South El Monte, South Gate, South Pasadena, Temple City, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, Vernon, Walnut, West Covina, West Hollywood, Westlake Village, Whittier.
Orange County, CA including: Aliso Viejo , Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, Coto De Caza, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Landara Ranch, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Tustin Ranch, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda.
Riverside County: Banning, Beaumont, Blythe, Calimesa, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Corona, Desert Hot Springs, Eastvale, Hemet, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Norco, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Perris, Rancho Mirage, San Jacinto, Temecula, Wildomar.
Greater Inland Empire, CA including:
Riverside County: Banning, Beaumont, Blythe, Calimesa, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Corona, Desert Hot Springs, Eastvale, Hemet, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Norco, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Perris, Rancho Mirage, San Jacinto, Temecula, Wildomar
San Bernardino: Adelanto, Adelanto, Angelus Oaks, Apple Valley, Barstow, Big Bear Lake, Bloomington, Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Colton, Crafton, Crestline, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Hesperia, Highland, Joshua Tree, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Lucerne Valley, Mentone, Montclair, Needles, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Rialto, Running Springs, Twentynine Palms, Upland, Victorville, Wrightwood, Yermo, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley.
What does it cost?
Work is priced by the square foot plus additional materials, like bevels or fused parts. Making the windows can take 1 to 4 hours per square foot so prices start at $75 per sq. ft and can go up to $300 per sq. ft. The more complex the window is, the more it will cost. But don’t let that scare you; not much gets into that high range. If you would like to get an idea of the cost, measure the window and send an estimate request on the home page.
What will a window cost?
There is no way to do this work by machinery. Cutting glass and lead requires hand to eye coordination. Every leaded, beveled or stained glass piece you have ever seen was made by hand whether is comes out of a production shop in China or made here in Huntington Beach.
Sculpture, plates and bowls and mosaic work are priced by the piece.
What is the difference between leaded glass and stained glass?
Leaded glass is a more general term I am inclined to use because so many of my pieces use clear textures and bevels. We don’t usually call it stained glass unless there is color, but the fabrication method is exactly the same. All of the glass is hand cut. Separate pieces of glass are put together with lead came. The lead comes in 6′ long strips and looks like an H in profile. The glass fits into this H, sort of a tongue and groove assembly. Once the window had been packed together and built, the joints are soldered with a lead/tin solder. Then the panel is waterproofed with glazing compound. Brace bars are added for panels that are over 4 sq feet and in active windows to provide strength.
What gives the glass color and will it fade?
Glass is mostly silica, soda and lime with other additives brought to 2300 degrees in a large kiln. It’s then blown or poured and textured. I do not make sheets of glass; it’s a whole other deal. To get color, oxides are added to the molten glass i.e, to get the best reds, gold is added, for blue, cobalt. After cooling, these metals create the different colors. I also fuse. In this method, I start off with a clear sheet of glass and add powdered color glass. The colors are melted in the kiln at 1500 degrees. More colors can be added in additional firings and textures can be added as well. Some details are painted and fired on. The colors will not fade; they are permanent (think of the cathedrals in Europe, just as brilliant today as they were centuries ago!)
How do I order?
We can set up an appointment to go over your project and talk about what you have in mind. You are welcome to visit my studio by appointment or I can meet you at your home to see the space. After we have settled on a budget, when you are ready to order, a 10% design deposit gets the process started. I will make 2 to 3 scaled design proposals and suggest the kind of glass. Meeting in person is best, but if you aren’t local, we can work through email and phone for design and mail glass samples. Design modifications are discussed and once worked out, we will request another 40% for materials. The balance is due upon delivery or prior to shipping.
How long does is take to get work done?
It all depends on our schedule, but usually within 6-8 weeks. The end of the year tends to be the high season as people prepare their homes for company. Commissions are scheduled when ordered and made in priority by the order date. Sometimes there is a gap while waiting for a template or materials so small jobs might be squeezed in.
Do you accept credit cards?
You can pay with any credit card through PayPal.. It’s easy to do, secure and there is no cost to you. We are not privy to your credit card details. We also accept Venmo and the Cash App.
Can I have an order shipped?
Yes. Windows are professionally crated and shipped motor freight. Smaller pieces can ship UPS. You need to be absolutely sure of your sizes before ordering this way; have the installer take the measurements. We always measure the local jobs and have the windows installed by a licensed and insured glass and mirror store. Some of the door companies we work with will install the glass at their factory so it comes to you already installed in the new frame.
Do you ever cut yourself?
Yes, but rarely more than like a paper cut.