The term stained glass is commonly
used to describe glass panels of various colored and textured
glass. The correct term is art glass since glass is manufactured
in a wide variety of colors and textures and not actually stained.
Large sheets of glass are cut and
then assembled using one of or a combination of methods. The methods
are lead, brass or zinc came or copper foil. The copper foil method
is commonly used for small intricate pieces, most often seen in
Tiffany style lamps and panels.
The fabrication process is labor intensive
and completely done by hand.