Once a client approved Julee’s design, she would create a full-scale drawing and a carbon copy, which she would cut into predetermined pieces to create a template for cutting the glass. She then put the pieces together in a process similar to an elaborate jigsaw puzzle. When she was cutting glass, she jokingly explained in an interview, “I start with the biggest pattern first, so I can cut smaller patterns from the big pieces that break.”
Although she often used colored glass, sometimes she painted the glass to achieve the right effect and then fired it in a kiln. After all the glass was cut and painted, she would then lay out the pieces and join them together with lead, soldering the joints. “I like working with lead,” she said. “Its flexibility allows for such lovely curves.” The final step before installation was to apply putty in the space between the lead and the glass to make the window waterproof and airtight.
“My favorite thing about stained glass,” Julee said, “is that I do the basic work, but the light completes it and the result is always better than I imagined. Each installation is unique and calls for a different stylistic treatment. I work in a number of different styles, but I always strive to create a design that is balanced and yet full of movement. When I begin construction, the dry pastel drawings come to life in the light. It’s a little scary for artists to realize that most of their work will outlive them,” she had said, “but it’s also very satisfying to know the art will live on.”