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Rebuild – Restoration Old Came Window

We have now completed the restoration of this came window, complete with new bevels and clear glass where required. As well we installed the Youghiogheny art glass for our client.

It is a pleasure to restore these old windows.

 

This picture was taken later in the day and shows how different sunlight angles change the look of these old came windows.

 

We have now cemented this panel on each side and this shows the Whiting application process. We have done this on both sides of the panel. This process sets in motion the hardening of the cement and we always allow at least 2 days for each side for this process.. We then clean the came with steel wool (#0000), apply black patina, use Kwik Clean to the clean the window after applying the patina. We have today applied stained glass polish to both sides of the window. Once dry, final cleaning and polishing will be done and the finish project will be ready for our client. Final pictures of the restored window will follow in due course.

 

 

Now we are starting the cementing process. We like to use AmChem Stained Glass Putty as it stays soft and is easy to work with. If to hard one just adds a little Linseed Oil if too soft you can add some Whiting in order to have the consistency that works best. Vinyl gloves, small putty knife and an old fid work very well to get the putty into the came joints. Once that is done we then use Whiting to clean the panel, scrubbing the came, this process begins to “set the compound”  It is best to leave the panel flat for at least 48 hours for the cement to set.

With all of the came joints now soldered we get to see the window in a daylight setting for the first time and how everything looks especially with new glass colors that our client requested. The 4 pieces around the bevel cluster were all cut from one piece of Youghiogheny glass to match together.

The front side joints have been soldered and we have turned over the panel to solder the reverse side joints.

This picture shows the window with all glass now in new lead came and ready for the joints to be soldered.

Here is the window with just a few remaining pieces to be put in. A little delay as we were blessed with the arrival of our 1st granddaughter a short while ago. We have now put in all of the bevels including the replaced broken on the top right of the center bevel cluster. In addition we had 2 new bevels made to replace the clear glass that was under each of the larger curved bevels.

The rebuild process continues, our client wanted to surround the bevels with the same Youghiogheny glass that is being used in the triangles around the edge of the window. We just rough cut the 4 pieces, after drawing them out from the existing pieces one of which was broken. As these were cut from the same panel they will match across. They appear darker but only due to lighting when taking the photo. We will start at the top and work down along with putting the bevels in place as we proceed.

Reconstruction of this 50 – 70 year old came window continues. We are now getting to the center where new Youghiogheny art glass will be replacing the clear around of the bevels. You will note that some of these clears were broken and now replaced. A new bevel will replace a broken one together with 2 new additional bevels being added.

Also the the outer rim of clear glass triangles is also being replaced with the same Youghiogheny #YO – 5502SP Beige with Dense Beige Stipple.

 

The things you find out when rebuilding 50 – 70 year old came windows? The number of nicks and scratches that happened to the glass pieces over the years only really show up once you wash and clean away the years of dirt, paint spots etc. We realized that a lot of this glass was 5 mil in thickness while some only 3 mil which necessitated using a different size came. What is wonderful about rebuilding these old came windows is that you have a chance to see how the artist of many years ago built the window with limited tools, which certainly is not the case today. You also come to the realize that the artist that originally built this window is probably no longer alive and your hands are now touching pieces of glass last held by this unknown stained glass artist from so many decades ago and one marvels at how well they plied their skills.

We are now starting to work on the interior portion of the window and replace some pieces with some Youghiogheny Art Glass. Enjoy

 

We have now laid out the window on 3/4 inch plywood with wooden strips on 3 sides, as well as cut the zinc came so we will end up with the same as the original window.

Now that all is exact we will start the restoration/rebuilding process. Each piece of glass will be cleaned and re-numbered again to ensure it’s exact location. We have stretched a couple pieces of came and will also insert steel strong line reinforcements internally in the came to ensure that the window will not bow out or collapse for many decades to come. As construction progresses we will continue to post updates and more pictures.

 

A client recently brought us this old came window which was rescued from a home in Central Alberta.  The window is in poor shape with bulging and broken pieces of glass and a broken bevel. The first picture shows the window in it’s original wooden frame.

 

 

Here is a close up of the bevel area. The right curved bevel needs to be replaced and the area underneath each of these curved bevels our client would like to have bevels made to replace the current clear glass. In addition to replacing other broken glass, some new colored glass is going to be installed.

We are now in the process of getting the broken bevel and the new ones made.

In the next picture we have taken the window out of it’s wooden frame, numbered each piece and have now taken the window completely apart. In due course we will show the reconstruction of this window.

Old Came Window Change of Colored Glass

This is an old came window which was in good condition considering its age and where it had been. Our clients wanted to change the yellow/green glass to blues, retain the original frame which was going to be installed inside their home. We are unsure as to it’s age and origin.

Here is the  reconstructed and restored window with the new blue glass and mounted in it’s original frame.

 

This picture shows the window taken out of the wooden frame before we replace the colored glass.

 

Reconstruction of 80 year old window

This window came out of a home in Saskatchewan and is some 80+ years old. Our client wanted to have us completely restore it and add some colored glass. The window was in such poor condition that it had to be brought to us on a board. The came was completely rotten. It had been repaired many years ago with some of the frosted glass being replaced with clear glass, not to mention several pieces broken.

Here is the first picture upon its arrival in our studio

Fortunately all of the bevels were in good condition, as they appeared to have been hand made those many years ago and the angles were not consistent as with today’s machine made bevels. In addition they were quite thick vs today’s bevels. We number each piece of glass and take lots detailed photographs to assist in reconstruction.

Here is the window being rebuilt. It was a came window and our clients wanted to add some gold and green colored glass.

The window has now been rebuilt with new came, along with the change to the colored glass and is ready for soldering.

The next picture shows the window completely restored, soldered with the glass cemented in. Then after cleaning we applied black patina to all of the solder lines, cleaned again and then applied stained glass polish.

Our client then mounted the window into a new wooden frame which was located on an interior wall of their new home in Central Alberta. The window is high up from the floor and on one side is their master bed room and the other side a hallway. Weather will never be a problem but with natural light on both sides it provides an impressive sight not only all day long but also at night when either room or hallway lights are on.

 

Here is a final picture of the window. Our client was extremely pleased with the end result and a 80 year old stained glass window has a new life for many years to come, along with much enjoyment for it’s owners and their relatives and friends that visit their home.

A piece of Prairie history has been saved.

 

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