A client from Rimbey Alberta brought us this panel which if memory serves us correctly had been knocked off the window by her cat. When doing restorations like this we first do a rub by laying over the panel a taped down piece of white freezer paper. We then take carbon copy paper and rub the entire panel which traces the solder lines to the paper and that paper then serves as a guide to rebuild and restore the panel.
This panel was originally made by our clients daughter and we wanted to save as much as possible of her work when restoring this stained glass loon panel.
Then we removed the frame and proceeded to remove the necessary pieces of broken and other glass. In this case we worked from the bottom up and did not proceed beyond the dark blue glass below the brown colored glass as all from there to the top of the panel was still intact.
Fortunately we had matching replacement Spectrum Glass to replace the broken pieces.
The next photo shows the rebuilding process. We had to use quite a lot of new glass in the lower half due to the breakage and to restore proper fitting of the pieces.
When one does this without taking the whole panel apart, it is necessary to first solder together all of the new pieces, then placing some thin clear glass under the restored part in order to bring it up to the same level as the original top portion of the panel. This is required to ensure that new pieces connect properly at the same level. At the request of our client we changed the loon eye to red.
We also installed a 1/2 inch new zinc came frame around the panel.
After soldering we clean the flux off with Kwik Clean, take steel wool (#0000 – which does not scratch glass) to the solder seams. Then apply black patina, again cleaning with Kwik Clean and finally applying Clarity (Kem Pro) stained glass polish.
In June 2017 this Eagle circle panel was given as a gift for The Most Worthy Grand Patron of The Order of Eastern Star at its Grand Chapter 2017 meeting in Calgary, Alberta. The circle is approximately 8 inches in diameter and ended up going to Pennsylvania USA.
Adaption by Flory Wilkins of orginal design by Paned Expressions Studio
From an Intarsia Wood design from one of our clients
This Yellow Rose bud was commissioned as a Christmas present. The design was originally a square panel which we placed into a 10 inch circular panel surrounded by a soft flexible brass U channel. Eventually our client returned the panel so we could attach a fine silver chain for hanging in the window of their home.
The following photo shows the beginning of the panels construction.
Original design titled “Rose” by Denise Hurley, from the book “Flowers of Hope”
a free Spectrum Glass Pattern of the Month
Inserted into a circular panel design by Flory & Bob Wilkins
We recently redesigned our Garden Dragonfly by raising the wings rather than leaving them flat. The rods we use for these garden pieces are approximately 18 inches in length. The Dragonfly measures about 4 inches high x 6 inches wide. We have many varieties of glass for their wings including iridescents.
The following picture shows are large Garden Butterflies, Lady Bug and on a shorter rod the Garden Frog. We do make the butterflies in a smaller size and a larger size for the frog.
Designs by Flory & Bob Wilkins
Our Boxed Alberta Roses have just recently travelled to Australia and Nova Scotia. The Alberta Rose is the official flower of the Province of Alberta and they come boxed as shown complete with a suction cup for hanging. They are a wonderful souvenir gift idea to take to friends and relatives wherever they live
We use Spectrum # 609.8 Clear swirled with Pink and White Wispy for the roses and various greens for leaves and yellows for the center of the roses. The roses measure approximately 3 inches wide by 4 inches high.