Glass By Barb


Prices vary widely, depending on variables such as type of glass used, size of finished product, reinforcement needed, number of pieces, complexity of design, whether jewels, bevels or bevel clusters are used (and, if so, whether they have to be custom made). The cost of the design work — whether original or created from an existing pattern or picture — is factored into the quoted price.

Stained glass projects, particularly lead came, are extremely labour intensive. Because of that and the cost of materials, they can be a significant investment. It is important, therefore, to put careful thought into what you want. Remember that you — or the lucky recipient — will be living with the glass project for many years.

Least Expensive:
  • Copper foil or mosaic processes
  • Smaller finished size
  • Inexpensive glass
  • Fewer pieces
  • Straights cuts, especially with 90- or 45-degree corners
  • No bevels, bevel clusters or jewels

End result: Faster to cut, less glass wastage, lower materials cost, and faster assembly.

Most Expensive:
  • Lead came process
  • Larger finished size
  • Use of "art" glass (See Processes > Design & Glass)
  • Inclusion of bevels and jewels
  • Inclusion of bevel clusters, particularly custom-made
  • More, and smaller, pieces
  • Curves, especially in intricate designs

End result: Longer to cut, 30-40% more glass wastage, higher materials cost, the additional cost of lead came, additional structural support (labour and materials), and lengthy assembly time.

Completion Time

Completion time of commissioned work varies, depending on the size and complexity of the design, the type of glass being used, and previously existing commissions. An estimate of the delivery time will be provided when the design and quotation are accepted by the customer.