Toronto based art glass studio creates dramatic stained and leaded glass domes and flat ornamental skylights. Combining decorative expertise and technical creativity, Studio's team creates unique and elegant architectural glass projects of sophisticated design and craftsmanship

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Posted By Victoria Balva

Black opal glass looks gorgeous! We cut 170 ovals for the client in Flesherton using our water jet machine!

 water jet cut oval glass black opal

We are getting ready for new leaded glass skylights and domes! Acid etched glass just arrived from Europe, Spectrum clear textured and bevelled glass from the USA, and lead came from Vancuver! We are excited and looking forward!

new arrivals for new leaded glass domes and skylights
 


 
Posted By Victoria Balva

Recently we had a chance to use our water jet machine to help Lucy and Libor from Cascade Hand Cut Crystal to cut a starphire 12 mm glass. It is still a lot of polishing and cold work is to be done. Here is a process in our studio!

water jet cut starphire 12 mm glass trophy

 

water jet glass cutting process
 


water jet cutting starphire 12 mm glass trophy
 

I just want to thank Libor for a beautiful custom beveled glass peace that he fabricated for our leaded glass dome presentation in Minneapolis. We fused pale lilac, blue and yellow glasses. Then the kiln formed slab was cut with our water jet machine. Libor turned it into beautiful custom made beveled glass peace! Please notice what a great difference cold worked glass makes!

water jet cut custom beveled 12 mm glass trophy


 
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Some images behind the design and production process of  large stained and leaded glass oval dome

The clients asked us to create an oval simple dome. Well... the dome 9 W by 13 L by 4 H feet cannot be simple starting from definition. That is one of the most technically intricate projects.

stained and leaded glass oval dome with classical elements and accent jewels

We designed the frame in 2 parts, so we could bring it into the house. The frame was reassembled with TIG welding directly in the opening. The oval elements of the frame were cut with our water jet machine to match the opening oval shape. I designed a whole dome in 3D with Auto CAD. This helped us to cut all frame rays perfectly. Every single piece of glass was drawn in 3D and cut with our waterjet machine precisely to match constantly changing oval dome shape. We also used water jet to cut parts of the mold to create perfect shape of the dome surface.

metal frame for large stained and leaded glass oval dome

After frame was complete and glass cut we did all assembling and soldering directly in the metal frame. Thousands of glass peaces and lead parts were assembled into one single structure - large leaded glass oval dome. Despite our clients' wish to have simple dome I offered them some intricate details of classic style acanthus in the center with pale colored jewels and crystal beveled glass. With Eugene's experience installation went smoothly and the dome was installed

water jet cutting of glass elements for stained and leaded glass dome
Operating a water jet machine is fun

fabrication of oval stained and leaded glass dome
Assembling the dome demands incredible patience

glass and lead parts for oval stained and leaded glass dome
Leaded glass still life. Glass is beautiful in any condition

glass assembling of large oval stained and leaded glass dome
Curved leaded glass panels assembling and soldering

leaded glass soldering for oval stained and leaded glass dome
oval stained and leaded glass dome installation in progress
Large dome installation in progress

large oval stained and leaded glass dome detail installation
Since angle of every glass pane changes - the appearance of every glass peace differs as well. That enriches the appearance of a whole glass dome

oval stained and leaded glass dome with jewels and beveled glass installation in progress
Eugene is balancing on the edge of a leader to finish the peace


 
Posted By Victoria Balva

Our portfolio is updated today with small skylight bathroom project. Water jet cutting of steel frame and glass interlayer, extra large clear and iridised crystal jewels

water jet cut small skylight with crystals
 


 
Posted By Victoria Balva

I just symply could not pass by this article about incredible design and technology application for art projects . These peaces were done with a water jet machine!!!!

water jet cut art peaces
 

water jet cut technology for art


 


 
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