Frequently Asked Questions
If you’ve been thinking about ordering a piece of custom stained glass art,
kiln-formed glass art or a glass mosaic artwork, you likely have a few
questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve
received over the more than 30 years we’ve been creating custom glass art.
Also if you have a specific question that isn’t answered here or on our
Commissions page, then be sure
to contact us at
email@example.com and we'll get back to you.
1. How long has Ochoa Stained Glass been in business?
Ochoa Stained Glass was established in 1975,
and is one of the longest-running custom stained glass art businesses in
Tucson, Arizona. For more information about the artisans of Ochoa Stained
Glass go to About Us.
2. How can I tell good craftsmanship from bad in stained glass art?
Good craftsmanship is fairly easy to discern in stained glass. Ask yourself
Good craftsmanship takes a combination
of skill, artistry and technique. Skills are developed over time with
experience. Artistry is expressed through the creativity of the artisans.
And techniques are practiced and honed with commitment to detail and quality
materials. At Ochoa Stained Glass our artisans have been commissioned to
create thousands of custom glass art pieces since the business was first
established in 1975. Stop by to see sample works in our studio and showroom
or review our portfolio or go to the
Gallery or Commissions page
of this Web site.
Are the lead lines or solder seams
even and consistent?
Is the design aesthetically pleasing?
Do the lead lines/solder seams
interrupt the overall design
or contribute to its aesthetic beauty?
Is the glass art piece structurally
Are the solder joints clean and
Is the glass fitting proper—tight in
Does the color/type of glass contribute to the overall
aesthetic beauty of the artwork?
3. How much will it cost me to have a custom piece of glass art made?
That depends on several factors. If you’re thinking about commissioning a
piece of glass art, there are some things you need to know about the
commission process, in order to fully understand how to select the best
stained glass studio to create your custom artwork, and how to best estimate
the overall cost of the project. Go to the Commissions page of this web site
to find out more about our commission process.
In general, there are three basic
components to the cost of a custom glass artwork:
Design—the cost for the artist’s time
to render a full-scale design that is structurally sound for glass
Fabrication—Estimated on a cost per
square foot basis to include the cost of labor and materials to build based
on the complexity of the design and the type of glass and other materials
selected (hand-rolled versus machine-made, lead versus brass or copper came,
Installation—the cost for labor and
materials to prepare the space for the glass artwork, as well as to install
the glass artwork once it is completed.
4. Do you do repairs?
As a service to our customers, we repair and restore damaged and/or antique
stained glass art works. Often a treasured stained glass piece, marred by
glass breaks, can be restored to its original splendor by our skilled
artisans. We approach each restoration with great care and regard for your
prized possession. We recommend a restoration, whenever the piece of glass
art has significant sentimental value in addition to the monetary
investment. Sometimes, it is more economical to replace the art with a new
piece. When we repair a damaged piece we have to take it apart before we can
put it back together and this can be a very labor intense process. Let us
consult with you on the nature of the repair and help you evaluate whether
or not you want to invest in its restoration. Call us to discuss the nature
of the repair, stop by with the item or send us an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org attaching a digital photo of the damage to your glass art piece so that we can better estimate the costs for repair.
5. What's the difference between a copper foil and leaded glass piece?
Copper Foil is a method used in building stained glass that evolved from
techniques developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany just after the turn of the
twentieth century. This method utilizes a copper tape with an adhesive
backing that is applied to the edges of the glass pieces and soldered
together to form the panel. A leaded glass piece is created using lead came,
a piece of lead channel that is either shaped like a U or an H and holds the
glass pieces together to form a panel.
6. How do you decide whether to build
a stained glass panel using lead came, zinc, brass, copper or copper foil?
That depends on the design of your stained glass piece. If the design is
complex, with lots of intricate details and curved shaped pieces, then
copper foil is probably the best way to go. If you choose a design that is
primarily geometric, with lots of straight lines and sharp edges then a
metal came is ideal not only for its aesthetic beauty, but also for its
structural advantages. The hard metal cames—zinc, brass and copper—are best
used on larger geometric designs or in cabinets and doors. In every
instance, aesthetic judgments must be made that will influence your decision
on what materials to use.
7. Why use metal came?
Zinc, brass and copper can add a lot of aesthetic beauty to the overall
design of a particular stained glass creation. But the most important reason
for choosing a metal came is because of the structural support it provides
on larger projects.
8. How should my stained glass artwork
There are many things that influence how a piece of stained glass art is to
be installed in a particular space.
Do you want the piece to be
permanently installed or do you plan to take the glass art with you when you
leave your current residence or place of business?
Do you want to create total privacy in
the space or do you want more light coming through?
Is the piece being installed in a
fixed window or does the window need to open?
Once these questions have been
answered effectively we can help you determine how to best install your
stained glass. Just stop by, call or e-mail us and we can discuss your
project with you. Or go to the
Commissions page and review the Finishing/Installation section for more
9. What’s the best way to clean my
We finish all our custom glass artworks with a glass wax known as “Kem-O-Pro
Finishing Compound”, following the manufacturer’s directions. This is very
similar to the carnoba wax used in automobile waxing in the past. It will
make the glass sparkle and shine brilliantly, and create a protective
coating over your glass art that will make regular dusting/clean-up a
breeze. All you will need is a feather duster.
10. What is warm glass art?
Warm glass art refers to glass artwork that has been kiln-formed—either
slumped, draped and/or fused. Slumped and draped glass has been reheated in
a glass kiln to take a certain shape or form other than its original flat
form. Fused glass involves reheating multiple layers of glass in a glass
kiln to become one piece of glass. Warm glass art is often more durable than
traditional stained glass artwork and therefore, is a great solution for
outdoor art applications. We have created beautiful warm glass artworks for
garden gates, poolside sculptures, landscape walls and more. Consult with
our artisans on how a piece of warm glass art can add to the beauty of your
outdoor living space or how warm glass can be incorporated into your stained
glass artwork to add depth and dimension to your custom glass artwork for
your indoor living space or workspace.
11. When should I consider a glass
Glass mosaics are developed in the tradition of the original mosaic art
forms, developed in Mesopotamian times, utilizing smaller pieces to create
the shapes and blocks of color that make up the finished artwork. If you
like a more hand-made, primitive, folk-art style, glass mosaics is a great
approach. Using glass tiles instead of the traditional ceramic, stone or
other materials you can choose from thousands of colors and textures to
create a beautiful artwork that can be used indoors or outdoors.
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