The Process

The creation of custom glass artwork is not a simple or quick process.  We pride ourselves on the originality of our designs and the care we take with our clients to ensure their absolute satisfaction.  The first step is to meet with the client one or more times to visit the setting and "brainstorm" the overall plans for the project. 

This is a "before" view of the area where the new windows will be installed. 

Topics discussed include the general look and feel of the project as well as colors and textures and any specific details the client wishes to incorporate into the design.  The product of these discussions is a rough computer-generated schematic that shows the overall concept for the project.   

  

An example of a computer-generated schematic showing the basic colors of glass to be used and the location of other important features.    

After the concept is agreed to, more detailed sketches are developed, presented to the client, and refined until a final design is agreed upon.  An extremely important aspect of this step is the selection of glass that will be used.  Choice of the "correct" colors and textures of glass can make the difference between a "spectacular" project and an "ordinary" one. In addition to over 5,000 colors and textures of glass available from the ten or twelve regular manufacturers, Jini can use painting and fusing to achieve truly unique features such as 3- dimentional trees, flowers, and other features. 

  

The detail above shows the bunny and the cardinal that were created by fusing and hand-painting to achieve lifelike detail.

Because these designs are original artwork intended strictly for a specific client's project, they remain the property of Stained Glass by Jini.

    

After the client accepts the final design, a full-sized pattern is created which serves as the "blueprint" for the construction phase. 

               

During the construction phase, glass for each piece is carefully chosen based on its color, grain, texture, etc.   Each piece is cut and the edges are ground, if necessary, and taped before it takes its place in the panel.

                                         

When all pieces of the panel are in place, it is ready for final soldering and cleaning.  Shown above are the completed left and rightmost  panels of the design shown above.  The completed center panel is shown below. 

  

And, now, VOILA!!!

Another magnificent work of art gracing the home of a delighted client!