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I posted leaded glass dome story of creation few days ago. Here are more images of the leaded glass dome in process of fabrication in our studio

We visited construction site on early stages of construction and discussed details of leaded glass domed skylight installation with a construction manager

stained leaded glass dome skylight with ornamental border

After sketches were approved by clients Eugene started metal frame fabrication. That is one of the most complex frames Eugene fabricated. We used a lot of tricks and specially designed features to fabricate the domed metal frame. We cut templates using our water jet machine to achieve the highest level of precision and accuracy. Eugene is very proud of his work.metal frame fabrication for stained and leaded glass decorative dome

Assembling of finished leaded glass dome in our studio. We have to be sure all dome parts will come together perfectly to avoid unpleasant surprises during on site installation
stained and leaded glass decorative dome assembly in leaded glass art studio

Leaded glass panels for curved border assembling in progress. For panels reinforcement we used mix of lead and brass parts with steel re-bars. This will prolong significantly the lifetime of the dome
stained and leaded glass panels for the decorative dome curved border

Metal frames painting takes a lot of space. We are lucky to have a large studio
stained and leaded glass decorative dome frames painting

On site leaded glass dome installation in progress. Domed part is installed. Flat corners and curved borders are coming
stained and leaded glass decorative dome installation

Glass cleaning lady. I am not the best person for this type of work - I am terribly afraid of height and working on a platform 30 feet from the floor is not easy for me. Beauty demands sacrifices, so I was there
stained and leaded glass decorative dome installation progress

Finished project is beyond our expectations

Stained leaded glass dome with beveled glass and colored crystal paperweights


 
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Here are few images of our recent leaded glass skylight installation for a bathroom of a private recidence in Toronto. It is small and simple but it produces great effects in the bathroom Leaded glass decorative skylight with bevelled glass effects for the bathroom of a private residence in Toronto

Leaded glass skylight in traditional style for a bathroom of a private residence
Funny side effects

Leaded beveled glass skylight in traditional style for a bathroom.
 


 
Posted By Victoria Balva

Well... staff happens, it's life. I wanted to form in my large kiln clear glass wall divider panel with pale yellow rock accents fused into clear base with gold leaf interlayer. Glass layout looks good before firing. It will take 3 days to form the glass

glass layout before firing in a kiln

It looks great after firing! Notice how nicely pale yellow rocks transmitted clear ice-cold base - great effect! I love it!

kiln formed glass large architectural  panels

Well.. It was late, the guys were extremely tired and they did brake the  panel while removing it from the table. The good thing is nobody's hurt. The lesson learned: have a rest when tired - this may save few days of work. 

kiln formed glass large architectural  panel failure


 
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Eugene is pushing a table with glass into our Dragon Kiln. New project - new expectations. The texture will be imprinted into glass after firing.

Kiln formed glass project start
 

Glass after firing looks good.

Large kiln formed float glass with gilded accents
Large architectural cast glass with gilded accents

The glass is installed but not finished yet. 

Large architectural cast kiln formed glass with gilded accents

Gold leaf accents are coming! Julia is a fairy of gilding and she started gold leaf accents gilding!

Gilding gold accents to cast clear glass
Final touch ups - gilding cast clear glass
Here are some closed up details. The gold is still wet. When it is dry - it looks like a mirrow - smooth

Gilded glass accents on a kiln cast glass
Gilded glass accents on a kiln formed glass
 

Now it stands out even from the darkest shadows!

Gilded glass detail on the kiln formed cast architectural glass
 


 
Posted By Victoria Balva

Recently our team installed 4 leaded glass skylights in a hall way of a private residence in Aurora. Skylights were designed in traditional style and include hundreds pieces of beveled glass and crystal jewels, thouthands of leaded glass parts. We cut metal frames parts to support extra large and heavy crystal jewels using our water jet machine.  I am waiting until crystal glass chandeliers are installed to take final images of the skylights that will create finished impression of the leaded glass skylights system

Leaded glass skylight in traditional style with bevelled glass and jewels
 

Here are few images of leaded glass panels in the progress. Hundreds of glass and lead parts are assembled peace by peace - nothing has changed from medieval times. Even in its raw condition glass is beautiful. Leaded glass still-life

Leaded glass panel assembling
Leaded glass panels assembling for flat decorative skylights

Precious large crystal jewels by Rosenthal to be inserted at the end of leaded glass panels assembling

Large crystal jewels copper foiled for leaded glass skylight panels

Installation of leaded glass skylights in progress. This is sort of "before" and "after" impressions in one image. 

Stained and leaded glass flat skylight installation in progress
Stained and leaded glass flat skylight installation in progress
Stained and leaded glass flat skylight installation in progress

Stained and leaded glass flat skylight installation
 


 


 
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