Our clients asked us if we could repair this beveled Polar Bear/Northern Lights panel, which measures approximately 40 inches wide x 14 inches high. Unfortunately the left side of the border came had pulled apart. Fortunately the panel did not get broken.
We carefully removed that piece of border came and then re-attached it to the panel as well as strengthen all of the solder seams on both sides/corners of the panel that butted up to the came.
The first picture shows the completed repair, after being cleaned with Kwik Clean and Clarity stained glass polish applied.
This is a very pretty panel. Most of the glass used for the northern lights was Spectrums Artiques along with Spectrums white waterglass. The Polar Bear is a Glassmith bevel cluster.
The following photo shows where the left side came had come loose from the panel.
Polar Bear Bevel Cluster by Glassmith Studios
Our client found this very old came panel in the attic of his 92 year old father’s shop and he had no idea it was there. The story is that they used to be part of his great (or great-great) grandfather’s home in England.
The panel had held together quite well over the decades except for the 1 broken piece in the center. We were able to find a very close match with a Small Hammered Spectrum # 100HS. On the reverse side we carefully bent the lead came back, made a pattern and fitted in the new glass. Then after bending the came back, we soldered the joints and cemented in the new piece of glass. After using whiting and Kwik Clean to clean the off years of dirt and grim we applied Clarity Polish.
As this panel with it’s frame was over 4 ft wide we could only stand it up in our window to photograph the finished panel, which then required flipping the picture with our Picasa 3 system.
It is our clients intention to hang this panel in their new home under construction and eventually he will provide us with a picture. We also understand that there is another one these panels completely intact and all it needs is to be properly cleaned and polished.
Designer Unknown Repair/Restoration by Bob & Flory Wilkins
This Kee Beach panel was made in late 2011 – and has been residing in one of our son’s home in Leduc, Alberta, and this August we relocated it to his companies business office.
Kee Beach was originally posted on our website back in 2012, it measures 30 inches wide by 38 inches high. Kee Beach is located on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai and it was the location of the TV mini Series the Thorn Birds.
The first picture shows the panel from the inside of the office and is the backside of the panel.
The following photo also shows the panel from inside the office.
This is how the panel looks from the business parking lot.
Design by Judi Hartman
For one of our sons and family we made this transom window. It measured some 66 inches wide by 10 inches high. It was recently installed over their front door in Leduc Alberta.
We incorporated the East Coast Bud design from our Glass Eye 2000 stained glass computer program from the initial design by Jan Williams. This was a Victorian Panel design Circa 1837 -1901 originating on the East Coast of the USA.
For the border glass we used Youghiogheny 900DSR a Dark Blue Waterglass. This is a beautiful art glass however for the inexperienced stained glass artist it can be difficult to cut as well as foil but the end result is well worth the effort. The East Coast Buds were made from Bullseye 2311-30 a Cranberry Pink & White Double Rolled.
The clear glass was Spectrum’s SP – 100B Barnwood, which we were able to procure prior to their selling of their business to Oceanside Glasstile in Carlsbad California. Fortunately we were able to match the barnwood across each section of the 3 Buds and the way it ended up the panels blended extremely well together across the full width of the design.
The first photo is taken from inside the home and one can see how the Barnwood glass matched across the window.
The next photo was taken from the outside of the home.
The next photo shows the transom above the main entrance beveled door and it’s beveled side panels.
After printing off the design from our Glass Eye 2000 program we bordered the pattern using the Morton Layout Blocks system. We had to make sure that all of our measurements were exact and would fit the inside of the window frame. As well we used In-bedded strengthening braid to ensure panel strength and longevity.
The following photo shows the panel all ready for soldering. Once soldered we use Kwik Clean to remove solder flux. Then we cleaned the solder seams with #0000 Steel Wool applied Jax Pewter Black Patina, then cleaned the panel again with Kwik Clean. Finally we apply Clarity Stained Glass Polish and once dry use soft clothes and tooth brushes to clean and polish the panel and it’s solder seams.
Adaptation East Coast Bud design by Jan Williams
from Glass Eye 2000 computer program by Flory & Bob Wilkins
Our client’s wife is a long time quilter and for her birthday he wanted to give her a stained glass sewing machine panel. The panel measured 12 inches high by 14 inches wide. The spool of thread alongwith the 2 round black dials were overlaid on the panel. We also used overlaid wire for the thread and needle.
We used strips of colored glass to represent quilting material. Her sewing machine was a Bernina and we added the name in black lettering as a final touch.
Design by Flory Wilkins