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Lady Art Deco Panel Restoration

A client from Calgary had this beautiful large lady came panel which had fallen and the sky glass was broken. In addition the soft came edging was coming apart and the whole panel needed to be restored along with new sky glass. The panel measured approximately 25 inches wide x 33 inches high.

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The 2nd photo shows the panel after being taken out of its wooden frame. When the panel fell both sky blue pieces were broken however other than a small crack in one of the darker greens the rest of the glass survived the fall.

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The original artist had used soft lead came for the outer frame and in addition a lot of the came cement had been left on the glass as shown below. When the panel fell it jarred loose many of the old came joints.

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We then numbered each piece of glass, photographed the panel in detail, then took the panel all apart, cleaning each piece as we went along in the restoring, rebuilding process, starting at the bottom of the panel.

We had a beautiful piece of Bullseye, Clear, Egyptian Blue Opal #002064-0030 which we used for the sky and it enhanced the overall beauty of the panel. With the cracked piece of the dark green horizon glass we just added in another came joint as we did not want to replace that glass.

We decided that as this was such a large panel we upgraded the came used to RH – 12 and also put a 3/8 inch zinc outside came for added strength. After soldering the joints we cleaned off the flux using Kwik Clean and compressed air to ensure all liquid was removed from between the glass and new came.

We had an opportunity to obtain a new Stained Glass Putty by Glass Pro, which we found to be excellent to work with. Once the panel was cleaned with whiting, we scrubed all of the lead came with  #0000 steel wool and then apply black patina. After which we use Kwik Clean again to clean the panel again before applying a coat of Clarity Stained Glass Finishing Compound.

Once the polish is dry we then use several soft cloths along with tooth brushes to ensure a bright clean finish.

Here is the finished reconstruction, remounted in the heavy wooden frame. In due course our client in Calgary will be sending us a photo of the panel once she decides where to hang it in her home.

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Mini Angels Lapel/Fridge Magnets December 2016

We have a client who wanted mini angels that could be used as a lapel pin and also end up being used as a refrigerator decorative magnet. We were successful in obtain a rare earth, 2 magnet combination that worked perfectly. We had to slightly enlarge our mini angel design to accommodate the magnetic strip. These mini angels were given away as gifts.

The first photo shows the complete collection on our refrigerator door.

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The next photo shows the mini angel on a lapel which is held by the magnetic strip attached to the reverse of the angel.

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The following photo is a close up of one of the Mini Angels

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Design by Flory Wilkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Butterflies December 2016

These are Flory’s suction cup butterflies that we recently made as gifts for an organization that she belongs to. Most of these butterflies were made from Youghiogheny Heads & Tails along with a couple using Bullseye Glass and one using Spectrum Baroque.

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Design by Flory & Bob Wilkins

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

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