Lady Art Deco Panel Restoration

A client from Calgary had this beautiful large lady came panel which had fallen and the sky glass was broken. In addition the soft came edging was coming apart and the whole panel needed to be restored along with new sky glass. The panel measured approximately 25 inches wide x 33 inches high.

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The 2nd photo shows the panel after being taken out of its wooden frame. When the panel fell both sky blue pieces were broken however other than a small crack in one of the darker greens the rest of the glass survived the fall.

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The original artist had used soft lead came for the outer frame and in addition a lot of the came cement had been left on the glass as shown below. When the panel fell it jarred loose many of the old came joints.

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We then numbered each piece of glass, photographed the panel in detail, then took the panel all apart, cleaning each piece as we went along in the restoring, rebuilding process, starting at the bottom of the panel.

We had a beautiful piece of Bullseye, Clear, Egyptian Blue Opal #002064-0030 which we used for the sky and it enhanced the overall beauty of the panel. With the cracked piece of the dark green horizon glass we just added in another came joint as we did not want to replace that glass.

We decided that as this was such a large panel we upgraded the came used to RH – 12 and also put a 3/8 inch zinc outside came for added strength. After soldering the joints we cleaned off the flux using Kwik Clean and compressed air to ensure all liquid was removed from between the glass and new came.

We had an opportunity to obtain a new Stained Glass Putty by Glass Pro, which we found to be excellent to work with. Once the panel was cleaned with whiting, we scrubed all of the lead came with  #0000 steel wool and then apply black patina. After which we use Kwik Clean again to clean the panel again before applying a coat of Clarity Stained Glass Finishing Compound.

Once the polish is dry we then use several soft cloths along with tooth brushes to ensure a bright clean finish.

Here is the finished reconstruction, remounted in the heavy wooden frame. In due course our client in Calgary will be sending us a photo of the panel once she decides where to hang it in her home.

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Alberta Rose Came Window # 2 Restoration

This is the 2nd Alberta Rose Came Window restoration. In the first one we combined pieces from the second one to have one that was all original glass. We believe these windows are 100+ years old.

The wow factor in regards to both of these restorations is that when we delivered the 2nd window we were informed that both were going to be installed in a new home on Negril Beach in Jamaica, sometime in the not to distant future,

In the second one we had to put in all new glass for the stems, the amber across the bottom and new leaves for the left and right roses while the centre rose leaves remained original glass. Also the roses and background granite clear glass is also all original. It took us quite sometime to find the best replacement glass, but well worth the effort.

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The following 3 photos show the left rose with new leaves, the next one is the centre rose all original glass and the last photo is the right rose with new leaves. The pink petals of the roses were a very pretty glass which was quite thick.

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Although the next photo indicates window #1 it ended up being the second one as we took pieces from it to be able to have one with all original glass.

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The last photo is of the 1st restored window.

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Tiffany Style Lampshade Restoration 2016

Clients in Central Alberta had this large Tiffany Style Lampshade, however it had been damaged and they wished to have it restored for over their kitchen table. Fortunately for the lampshade  the top ring of glass was bent flat down on the top of the shade but no broken glass.

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The next picture shows the inside of the lampshade before being reinforced with wire. This was a very large Tiffany Style lampshade and was quite heavy. If these lamps are not properly reinforced they eventually will come apart and fall due to the heat generated from the light bulbs. Then the crossed centrepiece would pull away and send the lamp crashing to the table.

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The photo below shows the removal of the top crown, also note the condition of the glass. Before taking the crown apart we number and photograph in detail to ensure that it all goes back together as originally made.

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One of the side panels was badly broken and had to be replaced. Unfortunately do to the age of the lamp it was impossible to obtain and exact glass match.

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To reinforce the hanging portion of the lamp we soldered in pieces of wire attaching them to the various seams along with the copper cross portion. The picture belows details the wire being attached and before the soldering was completed.

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Before attaching the crown we cleaned and started the polishing of the lampshade.

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Here is the lampshade nearing completion.

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In the next photograph the top crown has now been attached and in the same original order.

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The fully restored lamp now hangs proudly in our clients home above their kitchen table.

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100 + Year Old Came Window Restoration 2016

Brenda & her husband who live in Central Alberta, brought us this 100+ year old came window which is a family heirloom that they rescued from a century old family farm home.

This is what the window looked like when it was brought to our studio.

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The following picture shows the window after it was cleaned and before removal from the the wooden frame. Unfortunately there were 3 broken pieces in the rose colored border,  4 greens in the center were all cracked and or broken along with one center clear.

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In the next photo the came window has been removed from the old wooden frame.

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In the next photo the numbered pieces # 2 top left – 4 top left center- 15 bottom right center (rose border pieces) 26 (clear center piece)  28 – 29 – 45 – 47 (the 4 center greens) were all broken.  The best alternative we could come up for the dusty rose border glass was an English Muffle Dusty Rose #4902. Our friends at Rubaiyat Stained Glass Studio in Calgary helped us to locate an older piece of clear as well as a very close matching green.

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We take lots of photographs of these old windows before taking them apart, as well we number each piece. We set up a frame then start in one corner and work our way across the window, cleaning each piece of glass as we go along (we also re-number after clean each piece to ensure that it is put back in the window in the exact manner that the original stained glass artist installed them. Having good photographs certainly helps as we can bring them up on our computer to ensure that we have replaced each piece as it was originally placed in the window.

What we did was replace the 4 corners with the new English Muffle #4902, then carefully working with 2 of these unbroken border pieces we used them to replace broken border pieces # 4 & 15. The 4 green pieces in the center were also replaced and the 4 center clears were all replace to even out the look of the panel.

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Our clients were most appreciated of our work in restoring their family heirloom panel. They have now found an old photograph of the 100+ year old farm home and it shows 2 of these windows. They plan on residing it and there is a possibility that the 2nd window could still hidden away behind the siding. If so and they find the 2nd window there is a very good chance that it might be there in its original state with no broken glass, but no doubt will need to also be fully restored.

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This is a sneak peak of the 2nd very old came window restorations that we are doing for a museum.

Unfortunately due to the damage we had to find some similar colored glass for the centre portion as it was impossible to find matching glass for such an old window.

The first picture shows the window before restoration and the second picture after completion.

In due course we will be providing a very detailed account of these windows. We still have 1 more to do which fortunately has no broken glass, along with a fairly large stained glass door insert.

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As you can see from the above photo the window was in extremely poor condition.

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The above photo shows the completed restoration, and it was safely transported to the museum where it will go on display.  We have no idea who constructed these windows originally, however have a reasonable determination as to their age.

 

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