The Different Systems Available
Gone are the days where you had to build a false wall 2 feet thick to
mount striplights behind. Sure there are ways to even do it yourself with wood and LED bulbs. But if you are
just after a solution with the quality and efficiency of a professional team, we would be happy to answer any
There are quite a few variations in the
storage and display systems which we have designed and manufactured over the years.
Some have been designed for particular requirements of a job or a
client's needs. Others have evolved from the advances in lighting technology and our own desire to keep ahead
with design improvements.
They fall into two main
Stained Glass that requires a
supporting frame so it can be stored, displayed simply or housed to permit safer
Stained Glass that needs a slender
discrete display system, probably whilst in a protective supporting frame as
The basic support and storage frame
Here is an example of a
storage frame. It is made from light and strong aluminium alloy section, powder coated in an approved inert paint
finish in a colour of your choice. (Usually semi gloss matt black)
Seen below is a
simple storage/display frame with the glass being installed by staff from York Glaziers
This is a frame
at the V&A about to be put into long term storage
Every frame is
made to fit precisely the stained glass dimensions. For a thick panel the frame is made deeper to
accommodate the thickness. For
a delicately leaded panel, the front visible edge is made shallower to allow the maximum amount of glass to be
visible while still supporting the panel. Saddle bars can be incorporated in front or inside the frame depending on
preference, though in most cases the saddle bars are superfluous. The installed panel is well supported, can have
protective and supportive Perspex, Macrolon, toughened or laminated glass or be left
The corners are
assembled from custom made stainless assemblies which are pneumatically riveted in place and are each capable of holdng a quarter of a tonne in weight. We do not use
engineering adhesives or welding techniques as these introduce side effects like stresses and distortion and are
never as secure as our own system. Each corner assembly introduces a slight inner tension on the sides to maintain
a precise, perfectly formed strong joint.
and for example circular panels can use these frames as we will supply precisely fitting infills to cover the areas
that are not directly framed.
This is a
classic example below.
On display the infills become hard to notice as the beaty of the glass becomes the
The shaped support and storage
Similar to the basic frame but the entire
frame is custom made to fit the shape of the Stained Glass
More complex to make but striking on
Here are some examples...
The basic support and storage frame
with storage hangers
Easily added to the outside of the frame, the
storage hangers allow the glass in frame to be rack stored for space efficiency. These racks are designed to store
paintings but can do equally well with a framed Stained Glass panel.
These photos are from Glasgow where Senior Conservator Marie Stumpff
has pioneered their introduction. Framed panels can
thus be stored and yet be examined by
students in situ. If they need to be removed from storage for further research, the Stained Glass stays in its frame and is integral to the
safety of the panel.
In a racking system
The support and storage frame
in lighting unit
Take any or all of these storage systems and
we can illuminate. The most popular is the full presentation system where the Stained Glass is primarily framed for
its protection and then mounted in a lighting unit purpose made and very shallow and unobtrusive. You can see many
examples on this website but here are a few, with protective glass and without. Our LED systems are very effective and
offer dimmable lighting and low power consumption.
Additionally, we have done displays of mosaic
panels, enamel signs
(street furniture), computer monitored panels with dehumidifier panels, dust and
weather resistant frames etc. etc.
There probably isn't a system we cannot offer
or a Stained Glass requirement we are unable to fulfil.
You just need to get in touch - we truly love
to hear from you.