This was the condition of this oval Rose panel when we received it and we were asked if could restore it and we said sure, as we always like a challenge. The completed panel is the last picture in this post.
In the following picture we did our best to place as many of the broken pieces of Glue Chip in their original location. We then numbered each piece and proceeded to do a rub of the panel.
The following picture is of the rub, we also had to figure out the width and height of the panel and then using our Glass Eye 2000 software made a perfect oval using those measurements. We then pasted that oval over the rub after measuring numerous times to obtain the center of the oval. We simply put the oval pattern together then cut out the center to reveal the rose panel rub. Effectively that gave us a near perfect oval for the panel restoration.
The majority of the background frosted Glue Chip glass pieces were broken and had to be replaced, along with the rose stem, numerous leaves and a number of the rose petals. We were able to match the leaves but no iridescent pink glass was available as Oceanside who bought out Spectrum has yet to make any colored iridescent glass.
After soldering and black patina applied, we then attached a U Channel 1/2 zinc frame around the oval after bending it with a came bender. Holes were drilled in the came with rings inserted and chain attached for hanging. Finally the panel was polished using Clarity Stained Glass Polish. One of the key requirements when putting a zinc frame on a panel is to ensure that all solder lines are attached to the zinc came on both the front and back of the panel to ensure strength and panel longevity.
Original Design Artist Unknown
This restoration was done for a family whose mother’s name was Iris. They had obtained this beautiful Iris panel a number of years ago to honor her. Unfortunately the original stained glass artist had not made a secure enough frame and the panel eventually fell and was broken. The panel measured approximately 21.5 inches high by 23.5 inches wide.
After completing the restoration we surrounded the panel with 1/2 inch zinc came, complete with hanging rings and chain.
The next photo shows the broken panel. We overlaid the broken panel with white freezer paper and then did a rub to obtain a pattern to work from for the restoration.
Original artist unknown
In mid 2021 a client in the west county of Alberta had a idea for a stained glass panel for his wife. The second photo shows the conceptual idea. Using our Glass Eye 2000 – Dragonfly software program we created the panel design, along with input from our client and picking the glass that we used.
The panel measures approximately 12 inches wide by 18 inches high. We used a combination of Oceanside, Sky Blue Wispy, Orange White Wispy, Cherry Red Rough Rolled/Waterglass, Rainforest, and an older piece of Spectrum Green that we had in our inventory. The panel was framed with 1/2 Zinc came.
The second picture is of our clients original design concept.
The next photo is of the design pattern.
This last photo was taken by our client with sunlight reflecting the panels colors on their stove top.
Conceptual design by our client – processed through Glass Eye 2000 software by Bob & Flory Wilkins
Our clients had recently purchased a 100+ year old home in Red Deer. The previous owner advised them that this home was called the “Hare House” and they left behind this old painting on a piece of wood titled “Hare House”
Our clients wanted this painting of the “Hare House” turned into a stained glass panel. The painting measured approximately 18 inches wide x 23 inches high.
Once again we enlisted the stained glass design skills of Martha Hanson at Paned Expressions Studios in Edgewood Maryland USA to design the stained glass panel from the “Hare House” painting.
We had an old piece of Bullseye #2105 for the evening sky and were able to match it across the panel. For the moon and border we located a quite old piece of Armstrong Glass. The upper leaves were made from Bullseye # 3212-30. The purple flowers on the left were from an old piece of Bullseye.
The hare was made from Oceanside/Spectrum Hawkwings and Youghiogheny 1313HS. The picket fence was constructed using English Muffle #4925 and the lettering from Black Waterglass.
The following photo is the painting, that was done many years ago by an unknown artist.
The next photo shows the pattern laid out with the border being made.
The next photo shows the panel already for soldering, after which we cleaned with Kwik Clean, used steel wool # 0000 to clean the solder lines and then applied Jax Black Pewter patina, cleaned again with Kwik Clean. Then the 1/2 inch zinc border came was attached with all panel joints soldered to the frame on both the front and back of the panel. Finally Clarity fine stained glass polish was applied to finish the panel.
The next photo is a close up of the Hare, although they don’t show up very well in a photo, for the 2 dots in the Hare’s eyes we used a white nail polish.
The last photo shows the bottom pieces being fitted and foiled.
Design by Paned Expressions Studios from a painting by an unknown artist
In 2019 and 2020 we made a number of these panels for a client in Calgary who gave them to her family members as gifts. The panels measured 8 inches in diameter and were wrapped in a flexible decorative U channel with an attached fine silver chain for hanging.
Design by Brian McMillan & Lucinda Doran – Birds of North America Volume 1 – Walrus Publications