Made with Love …..Stained Glass Labyrinth by Lisa Atkin

If you’ve ever ventured to the top floor of Valentines Mansion, you’ll have seen lots of striking stained glass panels in the studio of artist Lisa Atkin. From this space, Lisa creates her wonderful glass masterpieces, vibrant in colour and design.

Here’s a quick look at one of the processes Lisa goes through when making one of her striking stained glass panels…..cementing!

“…the laborious cementing process …… it’s amazing what a massive difference just 1-2mm of cement makes to a stained glass panel .   It goes from soft bendy lead; unstable with rattling, loose glass , to a completely rigid, solid and waterproof finished piece. Well worth all of the work put in , even though it’s such a messy and time consuming job!”  explains Lisa

“Once the piece is soldered together , you’re then ready to cement.”

Step One:  Push special glass cement under all of the the leads

1Step Two:  Sprinkle with whiting (chalk dust) to soak up the excess oils and speed up the drying process

Step Three:   Once cement is dry enough, carefully clean away excess (making sure you don’t pull out the 2mm that you pushed in)

3Step Four:  Polish , clean, and then clean again …..

6And now it’s time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour….

5Come and see more of Lisa’s amazing stained glass work at our Artists’ Open Studios Event on Valentine’s Day, Sunday 14 February, 10am-4pm, FREE ENTRY.

Find out more about our studio artists here:


About valentinesmansion

Discover a beautiful country house and gardens in the heart of Ilford. Visit the recreated Victorian kitchen and Georgian rooms, with gorgeous views over surrounding parkland. Enjoy contemporary art exhibitions and installations. Explore the stunning historic gardens. Bring the whole family for hands-on games, activities and discovery trails. FREE ENTRY Hire the Mansion...Valentines Mansion is a truly unique venue in a beautiful setting. With its elegant period rooms, grand staircase and enchanting walled gardens, this Grade II* listed building, is perfect for a whole host of functions, from weddings and celebrations to corporate events. The Mansion and its rooms can be hired either individually or exclusively and we work with a fine selection of caterers to ensure a first-class experience for you and your guests. Call us on 020 8708 8100 to find out more.
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