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.
We have now cemented the back side of the reconstruction and will be starting on cementing the front. Unfortunately there were many broken pieces of glass in both windows, however we were successful in restoring this window with all original glass by using pieces from both windows.
The following pictures shows the window in sunshine before we started to cement the came.
The reconstruction of this wonderful old Alberta Rose Came window continues.
We now have started the reconstruction of these Alberta Rose Came windows. After discussions with our client we are going to first restore window # 2, which has the rose colored background glass. We will have sufficient pieces to replace those that were broken from window # 1, which will allow for this window to be rebuilt using all original glass. When it comes to doing window # 1 we will have to add new glass and will cover off that in detail when we get to restoring that one.
Very carefully we take apart these old came windows. Most of the glass in window # 1 was intact with only a couple of broken pieces.
This is window #1, taken out of its wooden frame, the next step is to dismantle it. The background glass appears pinkish but is actually clear as it is laying on a colored towel.
We recently were brought 2 of these old Alberta Rose Came Windows to rebuild and restore. They measure approximately 16 inches high by 36 inches long. This picture is of window # 2 which has a background glass with a slight rose colored hue to it. We have decided to do this one first. Fortunately on both windows the background glass and Alberta Rose glass is all intact. However the stems and some leaves and the cream boarder line across the bottom have broken glass. We will be having more discussions with our client and we maybe able to take pieces from the other window to replace those broken in this one. Unfortunately these are very old windows and to obtain replacement glass is impossible. Rather than have substitutions in both windows we will see if we can make one with all original glass and the other unfortunately will have some new glass. Window # 1 has clear background glass and it’s restoration process will follow once we complete this window. We have taken this window completely apart and are in the process of starting the restoration with more photos to follow.
In 2004 a client brought us this door from a very old china cabinet that came from England. This piece of furniture had survived a fire with the exception of having some of the clear glass broken. The first picture shows the broken condition.
In the next picture we have taken the came unit out of the wooden frame and are replacing the broken glass. We were able to take the old came lead frame apart and rejoin it, once the new glass was installed.
The last picture shows the restored came insert back in the door frame and our clients were most grateful that their beloved old English China Cabinet glass door was repaired.