Design & Create

Various styles to suit you

Leadlight & Stained Glass


With 35 years of experience in the South Australian market and sound knowledge of its different architectural styles, we can provide guidance in the selection of a style of leadlight that will best complement the age and character of your home.

Whether that be something traditional like the Victorian, Federation or Art Deco styles, or something more modern and contemporary, designed to reflect your personal surroundings, tastes and personality, you will find our galleries filled with the leadlight we were commissioned to design to match existing furniture and other carvings. The customers were thrilled with these end results.

Various Styles

What style will suit my house?

First of all you’ll need to know the era in which your home was built. Or if it’s a recent build it may have been built to reflect a particular era, example: You may have a Free Stone Fronted home reflecting South Australia’s 1915 to early 1930’s period.


Our Galleries


Beautiful pinks, reds, greens, blues and yellows, with lovely insets of painted glass and a range of textures, this period, which ranged from around 1840 to 1890, inspires some of our most intricate and detailed work.


A simpler, but no less beautiful, period for leadlight followed during the years between 1890 and 1915. Painted glass was less common with teardrops, roses, tulips taking centre stage. There was a more subtle use of colour with clear glass often used to support a central feature. A quietly understated time in the leadlight world.


A beautiful period was upon us towards the middle of the century. During the 1940s and 1950s colour often drained away altogether, leaving only symmetry, texture and shape to tell its own very special story. That said, there was still plenty of colour used as furniture started to muscle in on the action!

1960 – NOW

As the century moved into the 1960’s and beyond, leadlight style started to abandon the form and structure that typified the previous decades. The range and ‘free form’ of much of the leadlight created during this period is hard to categorise.

7th Century–Now

Experienced in the repair and restoration of both early style cathedral work right through to a more modern style, Adelaide Glass Painters is well positioned to help you design, create, repair or restore your leadlight.


Bring your pub or club back to life. Not only skilled in restoring and repairing old or damaged leadlight, stained and painted glass, we’d love to work with you during your refurbishment.

Over 35 Years Experience

Hand Crafted Design


We have over 35 years of experience in designing and creating new leadlight windows and a huge portfolio of work to help guide you through the process.

Whether you have a clear idea of the design you want, or just know that you want leadlight ‘in that space there’, we will translate your thoughts and desires into a reality that exceeds your expectations.

Know the Difference

Genuine vs Artificial Leadlight

When researching your next leadlight repair, restoration or creation it is important to understand the difference between genuine and artificial leadlighting. Too often growing industries bring artificial products to the marketplace to cut costs and increase profitability.

We believe that these products reduce the credibility of our art form; they are less durable, less attractive and cost significantly more to repair or replace.

We use genuine leadlighting materials and techniques at all times.

So what is the difference?

Genuine Leadlight

Genuine leadlight is made out of many separate pieces of glass, all soldered together strips of lead.

The process of creating genuine leadlight results in great strength – click {here} to see a significantly damaged piece of leadlight that still refuses to crash to the ground!

Genuine leadlight glass is tinted by the selection of minerals incorporated during the manufacturing process.

Texture also integral to the glass; you can actually feel them.

Individual sections of genuine leadlight may be replaced at any time, usually at minimal cost.

Put simply, it looks better.

Artificial Leadlight

Artificial leadlight is made from a single sheet of clear glass, with lead adhered to the front and colours and textures applied later.

It’s only as strong as the pane of glass to which it’s adhered

Applied later on, colours tend to fade

Applied later on, textures tend to peel

If the glass breaks, you will need to replace the entire window

Although not necessarily cheaper to buy, it doesn’t take a trained eye to spot the difference

If cost is an issue, we’d love to have the opportunity to try to find a solution as we believe that a smaller piece of genuine leadlight will provide much greater joy than a larger piece of artificial leadlight. We pride ourselves in our ability to find a solution to suit most budgets in most circumstances.

Painted Glass

Complement Any Setting

Painted Glass

Painted glass is not only beautiful, it’s also very long lasting.


We create beautiful and long lasting painted glass to complement any setting; evoking moods, reflecting personalities and offering privacy, light, colour and an illusion of space.

Painted glass can be an essential ingredient in leadlight repair and restoration work and with a huge range of hard-to-find glass on hand, proven skills in colour matching and the ability to complement your existing décor, Adelaide Glass Painters is the go-to company for all your painted glass needs.

Match Existing Glass

For Restoration

Painted glass is an essential ingredient in leadlight repair and restoration work and with a huge range of hard-to-find glass on hand and quality glass painting skills, Adelaide Glass Painters protect the aesthetic and heritage value of existing leadlight and are able to recreate artwork to match remaining pieces of a damaged work.

From River Gums to Garden Nymphs

For Windows & Doors

Painted glass windows often depict natural and rural settings, and include exquisitely detailed renderings of birds, trees, flowers, buds and village scenes.

Painted on small panels, these are then set into the larger window which typically consists of a variety of leadlight, stained and other painted glass pieces of varying textures and colours.

This is beautifully displayed in our gallery pictures. Note the detail not only in central painted glass pieces but also in corner and semi-circular painted glass pieces, and the variety of colours and textures that complete them.

We love the quintessential Australian feel, so whether it’s a majestic Gum, the Sturt Desert Pea, koala, black cockatoo, rainbow lorikeet or kookaburra that takes your fancy – or anything else besides – we’d love to work with you.

That said, we just love what we do, so whether it’s Australian, a traditional English country side, a beautiful and ethereal garden nymph swathed in cloth, or something else altogether that you have in mind (how intriguing), please be in touch to see if we can help give your vision corporeal form.

Architectural & Display

For Signage & More

The use of painted glass doesn’t have to be limited to doors and windows. Used internally, and in both private and corporate settings, painted glass panels offer privacy, light and colour.

Beautifully designed painted glass panels artistically separate shared spaces whilst maintaining the flow of energy, reflecting an illusion of space and understated quality.

Alternatively, painted glass panels can be used to promote a company image or may serve as art in the home.

6 Week Course

Leadlight Workshops

Fun, creative and social, our leadlight workshops introduce you to the tricks of the trade. No experience is necessary! Run by highly skilled and experienced leadlight artists with a real passion for the craft, our 6 week beginners course is designed to teach students the basic techniques commonly used in commercial leadlight studios.

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