For the past few years we have been working on and still restoring more of these old came windows. We just wanted to give you a hint of what we have been doing with these old came window reconstructions, and down the road we will have lots of pictures and their unique stories. Some of these windows are over 100 years old and the pictures below show the windows before being restored.
Window # 1
Window # 2
Window # 3
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.