Knowles Stained Glassworks are experts in the encapsulation process.
Encapsulated real leaded light panels into sealed units. For over 15 years here at Knowles we have been offering the service to encapsulate and seal
existing or new bespoke stained glass coloured real leaded light windows and panels into sealed units creating a triple glazed unit.
At Knowles Stained Glass Work we pride ourselves in retaining and restoring original stained glass and can seal old leaded lights into toughened sealed
units. Alternatively we can design and create new bespoke designs. This method will ensure the original leaded lights are reused and retain the providence
of our English Heritage. This process is particularly good if installing new UPVC, Aluminium and timber windows as well as extending some existing metal
frames, old style crittal frames and timber frames.
We can Encapsulate original stained glass, squares and diamonds and we can create new bespoke designs. This process offers the home owner. Better insulation,
security and protection of their stained glass panels. Once the original leaded light has been removed we will temporary glaze the opening. The leaded light
panel is taken to our workshop, where our skilled glaziers will take a rubbing of each panel to ensure all pieces of glass are replaced exactly in the same
design as before. For squares and diamonds all glass is measured and laid out in the same pattern. Once the panel is carefully taken apart, the glass is
cleaned, all old cement carefully removed and any breakages replaced with as close matching glass, both colour and texture as original.
If required we can also repaint any painted stained glass pieces that are badly broken or alternatively to retain the providence of the old glass we glue
the pieces together. A crack is better than losing the entire piece of glass. The glass then is re leaded using the same gauge thickness of lead as was used
by the original glaziers. Once leaded we then solder both sides and then the panels are cemented, cleaned and polished. We allow a minimum of 2 weeks for the
panels to completely dry before sealing between two pieces of toughened glass and two spacer bars. This will make a 22mm minimum thickness sealed unit,
creating a triple glazed unit with three layers of glass.
We offer a service to repair Leaded Lights & Stained Glass
We offer a service to repair leaded lights and stained glass this can sometimes be done in situ or in our workshop should the window require extensive
repair and restoration. We are happy and able to take on any size projects. Please contact us for more details.
We can bring warmth, safety to your home with our encapsulation process. This process will ensure that your beautiful leaded lights and stained glass
windows still maintain their original beauty. We encapsulate them into a sealed unit, thus creating a triple glazed sealed unit.
Knowles Stained Glass Work also supply all types of glass ranging from 2mm float picture glass right through to restoration specialist glass, coloured
glass. Any size available. You can pop into our workshop where a glass specialist will be happy to help you. Price per meter quotes available upon request.
Examples of our work:
Examples of various stained glass artists we have worked for around the Country are at St. Albans, Chester, Gloucester and Southark Cathedrals. Also at
Lingfield, Clapham, Alcester, East Sheen and Oxted Parish Churches.
Other buildings where we have fitted Stained Glass designed by other artists are Sandhurst Military Academy at Camberley. Also Dunkirk Memorial Home at
Bishops Lydiard, Crosfield House in Wales and the Maurice House Home in Broadstairs Kent.
Please View examples of our work. or take a look at the Leaded Light Making Process.