Reconstruction of 80 year old window

This window came out of a home in Saskatchewan and is some 80+ years old. Our client wanted to have us completely restore it and add some colored glass. The window was in such poor condition that it had to be brought to us on a board. The came was completely rotten. It had been repaired many years ago with some of the frosted glass being replaced with clear glass, not to mention several pieces broken.

Here is the first picture upon its arrival in our studio

Fortunately all of the bevels were in good condition, as they appeared to have been hand made those many years ago and the angles were not consistent as with today’s machine made bevels. In addition they were quite thick vs today’s bevels. We number each piece of glass and take lots detailed photographs to assist in reconstruction.

Here is the window being rebuilt. It was a came window and our clients wanted to add some gold and green colored glass.

The window has now been rebuilt with new came, along with the change to the colored glass and is ready for soldering.

The next picture shows the window completely restored, soldered with the glass cemented in. Then after cleaning we applied black patina to all of the solder lines, cleaned again and then applied stained glass polish.

Our client then mounted the window into a new wooden frame which was located on an interior wall of their new home in Central Alberta. The window is high up from the floor and on one side is their master bed room and the other side a hallway. Weather will never be a problem but with natural light on both sides it provides an impressive sight not only all day long but also at night when either room or hallway lights are on.

 

Here is a final picture of the window. Our client was extremely pleased with the end result and a 80 year old stained glass window has a new life for many years to come, along with much enjoyment for it’s owners and their relatives and friends that visit their home.

A piece of Prairie history has been saved.

 

Beveled Harvest Wheat Panel

This is a beveled panel using GST colored wheat bevels. The panel measures approximately 23 inches by 33 inches. This panel is going to be mounted in a light box in a new kitchen renovation for a home in Central Alberta.

 

We finished this panel and it was picked up by our clients on February 17/11.  Due to our northern location and low sun it was difficult to get a good picture

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Designed by Bob & Flory Wilkins

Finished Panel in our front window.

Our front window has bars between the glass which provide our home with a cottage look and feel but they show shadows on any glass we take pictures of in this south facing window.

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Here is the Harvest Wheat Panel all ready for soldering.

Harvest Wheat Panel Progression picture # 3

This is picture # 2 of the ongoing progress in building this panel.

This is the first picture of the construction process.

The Blending of Two Cultures

We were commissioned to make the panel as a wedding present. Our clients brother who is Irish married a lady from Egypt. We put a beveled Irish Claddagh in the center of the panel, with 2 Egyptian Ankh’s, with the pyramids behind then tied everything together with Irish Celtic knots. We used Emerald Isle English Muffle glass for the Shamrock and borders. This panel measured 20 x 16 inches. This panel was completed in early 2011.

  Designed by Flory Wilkins

Boxed Great Horn Owl

The Great Horned Owl was adopted as Alberta’s Provincial Bird on May 3, 1977, by a Province wide children’s vote.

“a wise old owl sat in an oak. the more he saw the less he spoke. the less he spoke the more he heard. Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird? – old proverb

Cooper

Cooper is a Golden Doodle Dog. The circular panel head shot of Cooper is 10 inches in diameter.

Final Stained Glass

Original Photo

Line Art

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