With a design approach strongly rooted in classic principles, Stearns & Co. believes a drawn line should possess grace, tensions and balance.
Whether it is a domed glass ceiling, flat leaded glass lense or a suite of art glass windows for a grand foyer, Stearns & Co. designs, builds and installs true hand made leaded glass panels to your projections exacting specifications.
We take every effort to buy and source our raw materials responsibly. We buy North American, where possible, and as local as possible to reduce overall our transportation footprint.
We believe in corporate responsibilty, both to our employees and to the environment.
We are so commited to buying and manufacturing in North America that our domes are NAFTA certified, meaning that more than 90% of our materials and labor are sourced within our borders.
Nearly 100% of our raw materials are recyclable and in fact much of it is produced using post-consumer content.
We select only the purest of aluminum alloys for our ceiling armatures. Made of 60% post-consumer content, our extrusions are lightweight and incredibly durable. We engineer our frames to a minimum of 2.5X safety failure rate.
Our lead channels are made using a 99% pure lead alloy that combines a fine grain structure with high tensile strength. 100% of all our lead waste is recycled back into useable material. Made in North America.
We use a broad palette of art glass sheets, most of which are still made in the USA. From elegant clear textured glass to opaque art glass opalescants, we have a virtually unlimited selection to choose from.
Made in Czech Republic, we use only the highest quality cut glass jewels. Available in sizes from 15mm to 55mm, jewels are a stunning addition to any leaded glass dome or ceiling.
We can design in any style to suit any environment, from sophisticated and simple to the intricate and ornate. At this stage we zero in on the perfect fit for both your taste and budget.
It isn’t all about dollars and cents but we know that almost every project is budget conscience. We are constantly seeking the best balance between value and quality, and we never compromise one for the other. We will not be beaten on price or quality.
By now we’ve narrowed down the options and honed in on exactly what direction we are taking with your project and the real fun begins! We will provide preliminary thumbnails drawings for your approval.
At the same time, we’ll begin fabrication of your ceilings aluminum frame. Both the frame and full size shop drawings and glass samples are all for your second stage approvals.
We now have a working drawing complete with glass samples and an aluminum frame armature ready for you to come in to the shop to see exactly how the thumbnail sketch translated into ‘real life’. For our international clients, this process is carried out through our live video feed.
All ‘shaped’ or curved ceiliings require a hand-hewn wooden form on which we construct the leaded glass panels. These forms are often unique to a specific project and can take 1-2 days to build.
Each individual piece of glass is hand cut in our shop from sheets of art glass. We use only premium art glass and 90% of that glass is manufactured in North America. The individual glass shapes are perfectly and precisely shaped to fit the design.
This is the process that gives ‘Leaded Glass’ its name. The individual pieces of glass are held together by strips of lead channel that connect and ‘lock’ the glass into its rightful place. This is perhaps the most time consuming stage of fabrication. Each joint must be masterfully executed with perfect mitre joints and a true fit.
Each and every lead joint must then be soldered together for strength. This process occurs on both the front and the backside of the leaded glass panel. There can be up to 500 solder joints in a single panel. An 8’ dome has 8 such panels + 1 center panel adding up to more than 4,000 solder joints!
This step gives both a tremendous strength and a beautiful finish to the lead. We use a satin black finish creating a striking contrast between the lead and the glass.
We execute all of our installations and never sub-contract out. We have designed a proprietary custom beam scaffold that allows us to have easy access to the skylight area no matter where the location. We ship and install internationally.
“…he clearly understood what we wanted when the process began. Our leaded glass panel continues to surpass our expectations. Matthew is extremely artistic, committed, knowledgeable and patient with his craft. It truly was a pleasure to work with someone whose skill, integrity and professionalism were evident every step of the way, we look forward to working with him again on future projects.”
“Stearns & Co. did a tremendous job executing our leaded glass ceiling lense. We had a very specific idea of what we wanted but relied heavily on Matthew to translate that vision into reality. It seemed like a leap of faith at the begining, but as soon as the process began, we realized we were in good hands.
We couldn't be happier with the outcome and are thrilled with our understated and elegant ceiling!”
“We had quotes and meetings with 2 other suppliers for our highly ornate and complex dome ceiling. Both our builder and interior designer felt that Stearns & Co. were the best fit.
Our project was delivered on time and on budget. The fit and finish quality exceeded our expectations and we cannot believe how breathtaking the glass ceiling is! It is by far the most lovely feature of our new home.”