In early March we were brought from Calgary 2 Tiffany Style Lamp shades for repair. One of the shades vase cape as you can see in the first 2 pictures had pulled away from the lamp. This unfortunately was due to poor attachment of the vase cap to the lamp shade.
We had to fully remove this vase cap smooth out all of the solder joints, along with cleaning the cap and joints with steel wool. Always remember when using steel wool the only # that you can use and won’t scratch any glass is #0000. Then we re-soldered the vase cap not only to the outside lamp solder seams but also to all of the inside solder seams and to the top rim of the lamp shade.
Then we use Kwik Clean to remove any flux using tooth brushes and compressed air to ensure all of the Kwik Clean has been removed and the repair soldering is clean & dry. Once that is done we applyed new black patina where required, clean again with Kwik Clean.
Once we were satisfied with the repairs we then applied Kem Pro polish to both lamp shades inside and out. The other lamp shades vase cap was attached ok but we applied additional solder connections on the inside and of course cleaned the flux off, applied black patina, re-cleaned and then applied Kem Pro polish. We then use soft cloths along with toothbrushes to ensure that each piece of stained glass in lamp shade is cleaned and brought to a luster shine. This takes some time due to the many pieces of stained glass in each shade and also both the inside and outside of the shades had polish applied.
The final picture shows one of the shades after being polished and ready to be returned to our clients who live in Calgary.
These Tiffany Style Lamp Shades Designed and Made in China
A client who just moved to Central Alberta, unfortunately incurred breakage on a cherished stained glass lamp shade. She brought it to us for repair/restoration and this 1st picture shows the broken 2 pieces on the top part of the lamp shade.
Fortunately for our client we had a few pieces of the same glass which were sufficient in size to replace the 2 broken pieces. The picture below shows the lamp shade with the new pieces installed, cleaned of flux and ready to have black patina applied to the new solder seams. We soldered the new pieces using similar solder lines that the original lamp maker used.
The next picture shows the lamp after having black patina applied to the new solder seams, cleaned with Kwik Clean and now with stained glass polish applied to both inside and outside surfaces. Once the polish dries, we use a soft cloth along with tooth brushes to polish the lamp. After that process we take folded paper towel and go around each solder seam to ensure that each piece in the lamp shade is very clean.
The final picture shows the lamp all restored, polished and ready for pick up by our client.
Lamp designer and original maker unknown
This lamp shade was brought to us in 2005, with a broken piece as on the top as show. The lamp had not been used for a number of years and we repaired, cleaned and polished it for our client who lives in Central Alberta.
This lamp was well made but we have no idea as to who made it and we were able to match the glass.
The last picture shows the lamp restored, cleaned and polished.
This Tiffany Style Lamp was damaged during home renovations. We replaced the broken pieces, cleaned and repolished the lamp. It was well made in Ontario some 40 years ago and is an heirloom family piece and our client was most thankful that we could fix and restore it to it’s original beauty.
Final Repaired Lamp
This fan lamp was donated to the Calgary Zoo’s 2008 Year of the Frog Zoo Gala Fundraiser.
Designed by: Paned Expressions Studios, Inc.