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
Last year we rebuilt and restored this old came window, which included obtaining some new bevels and adding the colored Youghiogheny 5502SP art glass. Judy had the restored window mounted in a new wooden frame and it now proudly hangs in her home in Central Alberta.
Judy said “I finally have that beautiful window you repaired, framed, hung and as promised here is a photo.”
“Thank you again so much for the wonderful job you did. I just love it!”
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
A client who lives in Ottawa purchased this Celtic Cross in Ireland a few years ago. Unfortunately it fell and broke the bottom piece of the cross. The broken glass was a Ruby Red Spectrum Waterglass which we could match.
This was a very sentimental stained glass piece, which we were able to restore. The first picture shows the broken glass.
The next picture shows the cross after being totally taken apart, cleaned with burnished black back foil applied and ready for soldering.
In addition our client wanted a larger shamrock made using Wissmach Emerald Isle glass and the following picture shows it all foiled and ready for soldering.
This last picture shows the completed Shamrock and Restored Celtic Cross. Black patina was used and then a stained glass polish was applied. Then both of these items were shipped to Ottawa Ontario and arrived safe and sound.
A number of years ago a neighbor brought us this old wooden frame stained glass window. Fortunately the only glass broken in it was one of the center frosted (Glue Chip) pieces of glass. While the wooden frame looks flimsy it was quite solid and our clients wanted to leave it as is. Replacing the one piece of broken glass was not a big issue, but over the years and numerous coats of paint, the colored glass become speckled or had a substantial amount of paint on it. The only way to remove that paint from that rough textured glass was to pick it off little by little with an X-Acto knife, ensuring that we did not scratch this old glass. After this detailed cleaning we then polished the glass, restoring it to it’s original beauty.