Mandy Wood Stained Glass and Art Gallery

VISIT the gallery and see the many windows and exclusive designs which  Mandy Wood has been designing, making, repairing and teaching in Stained Glass for over 30 years. She has made thousands of windows for homes and businesses across Australia and more recently in Northland NZ. Come and have your own commissioned design or choose from many on display in the gallery.

COMMISSIONS: If you would like to see your own dreams of stained glass brought to life just visit or call for a free consultation to  discuss your  ideas and budget . Mandy can design something for you on the spot and create it for your deadline. Come and wander through the gallery of windows and doors of beautiful hand made stained glass and choose something you love that will last more than a lifetime. Ph 09 4391737


 
 

Your special stained glass and 
how it is made.

These and many more are all available to see
in the gallery.

All art on this website and in the gallery copywrite of Mandy Wood

How stained glass is made:

Mandy designs and makes only genuine Stained Glass. It takes great skill to design a window with its many peices fitting precisely together to create a great amount of strenght and be pleasing to the eye at the same time. 
 
The glass used is coloured with metals and minerals  ie cobalt for blue and some glass is very expensive as in the case of red and yellow  glass which can contain pure gold, these are added when the glass is molten, often formed by hand and imported from around the world. 

Glass is cut with great care using tungsten wheeled cutters and nibbling plyers to finish within one and two millimetres of tolerance and using electric or even hand grinders.  
 
PAINTING Writing and various other design lines are painstakingly hand painted on with precision using crushed and ground black glass  or other chemical coloured glass \, mixed with flux and a flow medium. It is  very time consuming and may take longer than the prepartion of the rest of the window.
The paint has to be fired into the glass in a kiln at temperatures that melt the glass surface and paint together, done by a skilled artist ensures it will last more than a lifetime - with the oldest surviving painted stained glass windows in the world now around 1000 years old - and yes we are still making our windows the same way!

LEAD and SOLDER The lead used is of the highest quality, this ensures long life, strength and an even smooth finish. It is manufactured in Australia and made to various specific sizes in the shape of a H, designed for the glass fitting in either side of the channel to support it. The whole piece is then soldered together using an electric soldering iron.
 
PUTTY is for strength and water proofing and is made using various powders, linseed oil and other products including carbon black  to give it the high gloss black when applied with a lot of time, black dust  and  elbow grease!  If it is an exterior window it will need reputtying every 50 years or so to stop water coming, bowing, sagging and rattling - to aviod this simply double galze. 
 
INSTALLATION is simple and can be done by a handyman or your local glazier as the way Mandy makes them is with a thick lead border making them strong and easy to handle and can be cut back if the window frame is out of square or has been measured incorrectly. 
 
 Mandy has been making stained glass this way for  around 30 years.  In her time she made Australia's largest stained glass window "The Garden of Eden" which featured slumped, fused and hand painted glass and was featured on TV and at the Brisbane Home Show.
Many of her pieces went into cyclone rated areas on the water front and canal homes in Brisbane where she lived and produced stained glass  for 20 years.
 
LIFE TIME GUARANTEE is provided and  is only possible with this genuine stained glass as the colours will never fade - ever.
 
A short you tube clip of Mandy cutting, painting, leading, soldering and polishing a stained glass- window. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94-qUsGsKlI
 
Call today to arrange an appointment time to see the gallery and discuss your stained glass ideas -  ph 09 4391737.