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Lead Came

Lead is the metal which is represented on the periodic table of elements by the symbol ‘Pb’. This metal is dense, ductile and soft making it perfect for certain kinds of construction, although it is poisonous. Due to its toxicity, it is usually used in safer alloys, where other metals help to reduce the bulk of lead, thus allowing toxicity to be less cause for concern. Lead has found one of its most common modern day uses in lead came, which is used in the construction and design of stained glass windows, door lights, Tiffany lamps, and other decorative items.
Lead came is rumored to have first come into use as early as the 10th Century, when stained glass windows first appeared. Cross-sections of lead were used to hold pieces of glass which were colorfully painted in order to achieve an aesthetically pleasing effect.

Many stained glass windows using lead came to great effect can be seen in ancient churches and cathedrals throughout the world. The most commonly found shape used for lead came cross-sections is an ‘H’ shape, although these days there are hundreds of different shapes which are cast, offering a wide range of design possibilities.
Not only do different types of lead came cross-sections allow different design ideas, they also provide different strength distribution, helping to support the design in the requisite places. The available lead came which can be purchased for use in various decorative items including stained glass windows is often made of alloys, thus reducing the toxicity, although this should not be a major concern as a window’s lead came is hardly likely to cause any negative effect on your health, unless you were to try and successfully eat the lead came off of it, which is definitely impossible. Lead came has many associated terms, and a vague knowledge of these terms will help you when ordering came for your design.

The ‘leaf’ is the area of the surface of the product which is visible upon completed assembly, and is sometimes referred to simply as the ‘face’. The ‘heart’ or ‘channel’ is the depth of the came being used, corresponding to the thickness of the glass which the design incorporates. The ‘leaf thickness’ refers to the height which the lead came is raised above the surface of the glass, and the ‘heart thickness’ refers to the distance between each piece of glass which creates the piece’s particular strength.

Whether you wish to create an exquisite stained glass window or another decorative item such as a Tiffany lamp, sun catcher or door light, there are many different applications for lead came which can offer a multitude of design possibilities. With a simple and easy order over the internet you can obtain the most affordable, durable, and safe lead came which will add visual finesse to your decorative designs. With many different widths and shapes to choose from, you can create the design which you have imagined in your head and enjoy a beautiful finished product.

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