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Penguins

We just found these suncatcher pictures of penguins that we made many years ago. The first one measured about 3 inches wide by 6 inches high. Enjoy

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Design by Carolyn Kyle

The following suncatcher is called “Goin Formal” and was a free Spectrum Glass Pattern of the month in April 1998. They measured approximately 6 inches wide x 7 inches high.

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Design by Gerry Klein Sunshine Glass Omaha, NE

Just a Sip

When we first started to learn the art of stained glass we made this Just a Sip Hummingbird Panel back in 2000. The circular panel is approximately 10 inches in diameter, with an outer ring of clear glue chip glass. The blue background is a light blue Spectrum Artique #132A. We used a soft brass flexible U channel for the outside, with the channel and the solder lines all with black patina and polished using Clarity (Kemo-Pro) finishing polish. The design is one of the free design patterns offered by The Spectrum Glass Company.

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Design by Luanne Kane-Lead Lines S.G. Studio-Dunedin, FL

Butterfly # 2

Here is another butterfly # 2 made many years ago. It measures approximately 5 x 5 inches.

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Design by Donna Schulze

 

 

 

Butterfly # 3

While searching through our photos we came across this Butterfly # 3, which measures approximately  7 x 6 inches. It was made many years ago before we had a digital camera. Enjoy.

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Design by Donna Schulze

Kim’s Lamp Rebuild – Restoration 2016

When we picked up this lamp it had all 4 panels broken, however the 4 drop edges were all intact. The frame holding the shade together was made with flimsy metal.

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The next photo is a close up of one of the edges which also shows the flimsy tin frame. The panel above this piece has also been removed. As the bottom edges were all intact we photographed each side after numbering each piece as well as marking them to ensure that when rebuilding this lamp that all went back together in it’s original places.

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The following photo shows all 4 edges after taken them apart, cleaning, foiling (with Venture Black Backed 7/32 Copper Foil), along with placing the bottom edges on a piece of Morton Layout Blocks to ensure a straight bottom edge.

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The picture below shows the poor workmanship and the wobbly support stem for the shade.

In order to restore this lamp we had to make 4 new panels using Spectrum’s Light Amber Lamp Mix # 318-05S glass. We saved the vase cap and when rebuilding the lampshade we used Venture’s 1/4 inch Black Back Copper Foil. In addition to providing much needed support and long life of the lampshade we installed a 4 way spider.

Our client mentioned that the lamp shade was not supported very well, so we put in a longer standard size 3/8 inch threaded brass rod, which together with the spider support and 4 brass nuts  2 top and 2 bottom, plus a washer secured the lampshade to the lamp base in a very strong manner.

Another specific reason for the longer brass rod was that the lamp’s light bulbs were very close to the lampshades glass and their heat could have been another factor as to why the lampshade glass cracked.

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Once the shade was rebuilt, the new solder lines had black patina applied, then the whole unit was cleaned with Kwik Clean and then polished with Clarity Stained Glass Polish. We installed new appliance light bulbs 2 for the lampshade and 1 inside the base stand.

Our client was more than please with the end result and she now has a rebuilt, restored tiffany style lamp that will provide her with years of pleasure.

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Lamp Rebuild & Restoration by Bob & Flory Wilkins

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