We have a client who obtains from us 4 Christmas Tree Ornaments each year, that she gives away as family gifts. This year she brought us a rough sketch of her own design, featuring a lady in a coat. As well, she gives us her color ideas and we go from there. Once again she was thrilled with what we created for her. These Christmas Tree Ornaments measured approximately 3 inches wide by 3.5 inches high.
Design by Peggy Cameron
This Blue Bell circle was another gift we made this past fall. The circle measures approximately 7 inches in diameter and this circle has open spaces in it and the circular glass was OGT’s Crackle. A brass edging completed the piece with fine silver chain attached for hanging.
Designed by Marianne Crivellaro from Glass Patterns Quarterly
This Poinsettia was made as a gift. It measured approximately 7 inches wide by 5 inches high. We used OGT Red Waterglass, Green 329.6 and some scrap yellow for the center.
Pattern by Suzanne Cooper from her Stained Glass Pattern Book Simply Christmas
Our client has now installed the restored window into a very old building that she has turned into a wonderful workshop and studio. The location is NE of Halkirk, Alberta and her company’s name is Woolgathering.
Congratulations to Carmen, who persevered to take an old run down building and turn it into a very warm and welcoming studio for her business.
Here are 3 pictures, one of the building as was, then the redone interior along with the restored came window now installed back into the 1910 building.
This very old came window measured 20 x 16 inches. At some point in its history someone used a glue gun to seal the came lines on both sides of the glass. (Refer to the third picture below to view). We had to take much care in slowly removing this glue, pulling gently with pliers and/or fingers all the while using an X-ACTO knife blade # 11 to slowly cut the glue away from the glass.
One had to be extra careful to ensure that counteracting forces would not cause the glass to crack or break, especially the smaller curved pieces on the top portion of the window.
The next picture shows the window restored and replaced into it’s very old wooden frame, which was in very good condition given its age. Our client is putting this window back into a 1910 building, that is in good condition, which she is going to use as a studio.
Our client wanted us to somehow preserve the pink paint which was an interesting task as the glue tended to want to lift it off the window frame while we removed the glue. In addition she wanted the wooden molding holding the window in its frame, to be preserved as well.
The next picture shows the window with the glue on the various seams. This further created more glue removal problems as the thickness of the glue on both sides of the window, made removal even more difficult due to the uneven surfaces.
The restoration work requires photographing the window a number of times to ensure that the glass pieces return to their original place.