Loon Panel Restoration 2017

A client from Rimbey Alberta brought us this panel which if memory serves us correctly had been knocked off the window by her cat. When doing restorations like this we first do a rub by laying over the panel a taped down piece of white freezer paper. We then take carbon copy paper and rub the entire panel which traces the solder lines to the paper and that paper then serves as a guide to rebuild and restore the panel.

This panel was originally made by our clients daughter and we wanted to save as much as possible of her work when restoring this stained glass loon panel.

Then we removed the frame and proceeded to remove the necessary pieces of broken and other glass. In this case we worked from the bottom up and did not proceed beyond the dark blue glass below the brown colored glass as all from there to the top of the panel was still intact.

Fortunately we had matching replacement Spectrum Glass to replace the broken pieces.

The next photo shows the rebuilding process. We had to use quite a lot of new glass in the lower half due to the breakage and to restore proper fitting of the pieces.

When one does this without taking the whole panel apart, it is necessary to first solder together all of the new pieces, then placing some thin clear glass under the restored part in order to bring it up to the same level as the original top portion of the panel. This is required to ensure that new pieces connect properly at the same level. At the request of our client we changed the loon eye to red.

We also installed a 1/2 inch new zinc came frame around the panel.

After soldering we clean the flux off with Kwik Clean, take steel wool (#0000 – which does not scratch glass) to the solder seams. Then apply black patina, again cleaning with Kwik Clean and finally applying Clarity (Kem Pro) stained glass polish.

Birthstone Wheat Suncatchers December 2017

These suncatchers represent harvested wheat. They were commissioned as gifts for grandchildren for Christmas 2017. In the bottom center of each we placed a birthstone color glass representing the birth months of each grandchild.

We soldered in a fine silver chain on each for hanging. These suncatchers measured approximately 3.5 inches wide x 4.5 inches high.

The first photo from left to right the blue represents Blue Topaz for December. The middle  red one represents Ruby Red for July. The right one represents Peridot for August.

In the next photo from left to right the dark blue represents Aquamarine for March. The center clear crystal ice iridescent represents Diamond for April. The one on right represents Emerald Green for May.

Design by Flory Wilkins

United Grain Growers Elevator Kinuso Alberta

A client in Slave Lake Alberta requested that we make one of our United Grain Growers Elevator with the town name of Kinuso on it. Kinuso is located west of Slave Lake and just south of Lesser Slave Lake in Alberta.

Our grain elevators measure approximately 4.5 inches wide by 6 inches high. We box them complete with a care letter and a suction cup for hanging.

We also make Alberta Wheat Pool, Saskatchewan Pool and Pioneer Elevators with name locations to suit our clients requests.

Designer Unknown

Scenic Alberta Circular Suncatchers 2017

Earlier this year we were asked if we could make 2 small circle suncatchers that represented Alberta. The one on the left depicted Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, the foothills and Alberta’s Provincial Flower the Alberta Rose.

The other one on the right depicted Alberta’s farming lands, our rolling hills along with an Alberta Wheat Pool Elevator, unfortunately few of these prairie sentinels remain on our landscape.

Both circles measured approximately 6 inches in diameter and were surrounded with a decorative brass edging.  After soldering both had black patina applied, cleaned and then polished.

These were taken to England as gifts by our client, and we were told that they were very well received and appreciated.

Designs by Flory Wilkins

Vanishing Prairie Sentinels

Grain Elevators are all but gone on the Canadian Prairies, those that remain are being preserved by local historical societies etc. We just made a series of these for a client that gives them away as gifts. The elevators measure approximately 5 inches wide x 7 inches high.

We were fortunate many years ago to obtain Alberta Wheat Pool Stickers. The glass used for the elevator was Spectrums # 823.72 Teal Green.

For the Pioneer Elevator the glass used was Spectrum # 379.1S Light Orange and White Wispy. We had the white letter specifically made for the Pioneer Elevator.

We had the United Grain Grower symbol made and the glass for the Elevator was Spectrum # 307 Clear White Feather White.

The lettering on the Saskatchewan Pool Elevator is white and the glass used was Spectrum # 359.1 Red & White Wispy.

Designer Unknown

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