How your leadlights are made

There are a number of things to consider when designing a leadlight.
Naturally, our first priority is to produce windows which are sympathetic to the architecture of your home and that you will love for many years.  There are also, however several important technical considerations.

  • Structure
    The durability of a leadlight is largely determined by its design.  Some designs are inherently weak and are likely to distort or buckle within the medium term, particularly those installed in doors.  We'll let you know if any weaknesses exist in the design you select and how we can overcome them. 
  • Reinforcement
    Many windows require additional support to ensure longevity.  This can be provided by way of special leads with steel/brass inclusions, double glazing or attachment to steel bars installed in the window frame. 
  • Piece Size
    Australian Standards place limits on the size of any single piece of glass in leadlights installed in certain locations. All of the leadlights made at Adelaide Leadlight Centre are designed to meet building code requirements.


Cutting Glass
This is the first step in actually making a leadlight.  Each piece of glass in the design is cut from a larger sheet, giving consideration to the direction of its texture or colour variation.
Depending on the design, some pieces may then be painted or bevelled before construction.

Lead Construction
Once all of the glass is cut and ready, we form the lead by hand around each piece and assemble the panel.  Lead comes in many sizes, and it is important that profiles are selected to give the panel emphasis and authenticity.


When the leadlight has been fully assembled
 the lead is soldered at each junction on both sides of the panel.

Application of putty to the leadlight provides additional strength and makes it waterproof.

Finally, we polish the panel to darken the lead and clean the glass.    



Ph 08 8371 2922

Open Hours
Mon - Fri  9.00am - 5.00pm
Sat  9.30am - 12.30pm

If you find a window
in our Gallery that you like, 
and know the approximate
size of your window,
we can provide an indicative
quotation, via email.

Every leadlight
or item created by 
Adelaide Leadlight Centre
 adheres to building code
AS 1288

Our staff hold formal
glazing & leadlight
qualifications so you
can depend on getting a
professional job