1. What is painted architectural art glass?
It is traditional leaded stained glass on which special glass painting has been applied and then fused into the glass at high temperature. Figurative stained glass in church settings is painted, as is most text on glass. “Architectural” painted glass means that this medium is used in public buildings and spaces.
2. What factors determine the price of painted architectural glass?
The fabrication cost of ordinary leaded glass is primarily a function of size and complexity of the piece. For painted glass, there is the additional cost of painting and firing the images. Delicate shading effects and intense painted colors generally require multiple firings, and hence are more expensive than solid black painted line-work.
3. Can you give a ball-park of the costs for painted leaded architectural glass?
When we design and fabricate moderate complexity designs in lead, the range is usually between $175 and $225 per square foot, depending on the design and type of glass. Painting and firing add from $100 to $200 per sq-ft for the painted areas. Remember that the painted area per window is usually only a few square feet.