Lead Binding

Lead And Tiffany Binding

Exciting compositions live in assonance and contrast of colors and shapes

Lead binding is the most widely used method to create decorations and images.

Lead is a bluish-gray, malleable and deformable material. Often used with silver and tin, it has a rather low melting point, so it can be easily melted or reduced into foils. It oxidizes in contact with air, covering itself with a greyish film.

In glassmaking, lead rods of varying sizes are used to assemble the pieces of glass into panels and to close their outlines.

The section has a double groove, the chamber, in which two adjacent pieces of glass are tightened. The thickness and width may vary according to the period, the use and the casting techniques with which the glass was produced.

In the so-called Tiffany method each piece of glass is covered with a fine copper strip that holds the pieces together.