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How to commission Stained Glass
Vertical Panel Clearly, one of the first things to do is to get in touch. Especially if you have questions or anything that you are uncertain about. Just e-mail me, or call me on 07932 001858.

If you have a window, or something that needs repair, then its certainly best to mail me, ideally with a photograph(s) of the object, plus close-ups of any damage. I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

If you want to commission a new stained glass piece, there are certain things that I have found are useful to think about before calling, depending upon what sort of glass you have in mind.

Things like:
  • Where is the stained glass going to go? Is it in a period building? Does this effect what sort of design style is appropriate?
  • What can be seen through the existing space? Do you want the glass to be as clear as possible? Do you want it to be opaque? How much light does it need to let through?
  • How strong or secure does the piece need to be. For example, if it is in a front door, it may well benefit from being sandwiched inside a toughened sealed unit. If it is in a bathroom door, which gets alot of use, it probably shouldn't be very delicate. (Although stained glass, by its nature, is surprisingly strong).
  • Are there elements of design in the environment where the stained glass will be sited which will benefit from being reflected, or contrasted, by the glass design? For example, wall / carpet colour. Decorative items, pictures, sculptures etc.. etc... (But bear in mind that a piece of stained glass will last for decades, if not centuries - so by contrast the lifespan of a carpet is insignificant...)
  • Your personal taste. Not an easy one! I quite often get asked to visit homes which people have just moved into. They want some glass, but have no idea what. There is nothing of their own colour or design sense in the house. It can get tricky, especially if there is a 'venus/mars' thing going on!
Having thought about some of the above, perhaps sourced some references for the kind of design style you like, and considered a budget, its definately time to get in touch!

Having exchanged contact details, approximate measurements, outline brief and ballpark budget, I'll usually arrange a time to come and visit the location of the proposed glass. (I have designed and built windows remotely, but its not ideal). I have to charge a little for time and travel for visiting, but try keep it to a minimum, usually £20 - £30 depending upon distance.

The purpose of visiting is to see the site for myself, to see what the light is like, to see what the fitting might involve, but primarily to gain an understanding or you, your likes and dislikes, your taste and so on.

Having established an understanding I'll work out a (very) ball-park cost and then set about designing. Usually there is a design charge of £150 (It's actually £150, or 20% of the ball-park cost - whichever is less) to be paid up front. This means that when complete, you can take the design and have somebody else make it (or make it yourself!) if you like. If you do commission me to make the stained glass piece, the £150 is deducted from the overall cost.

I'll send you initial design ideas (or come and see you with them) for your feedback. Its very important at this stage that you say what you really think and feel. Its as useful to me to hear that you hate a particular design as it is to hear that you love it. If you hate it, it makes it a simple matter to avoid that design area in further designs!

Once we have an approved design, and have selected the glass to be used and how the window is to be fitted, I'll work out a full costing. Before ordering materials etc.. I need to get a deposit of 30% of the overall cost.

Then I make the stained glass. Once its underway you can request me to email you photographs of progress at any time. Be aware though that when the glass is flat on the bench it looks nothing like the finished article.