115 + Year Old Came Window Restoration November 2015

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.


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


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.


Beveled Transom Window 2015

This is the 2nd of 3 interior transom windows for a beautiful farm home SW of Olds Alberta. The window measures 36 inches wide by 12 inches high. Surrounding the bevel cluster is matching Spectrum’s Sky Blue Wispy with a clear Spectrum Artique border. Our clients were very pleased with this great looking interior transom window.

Chorney Transom Beveled Window Feb 2015

We designed this window and after centering the bevel cluster we made a border with Spectrum’s clear Artique Glass.


The next series of 3 pictures shows how we laid out Spectrum’s Sky Blue Wispy Glass. We were fortunate enough to obtain 2 sheets of this glass that we were able to match across the whole width of the window. This first picture shows the left hand side.


This next photo shows the centre portion surrounding the bevel cluster.


As we fitted each piece we had to make sure that the matching continued across the window.

RightSidewith lastpieceofSkyBlueWispytobefittedTransomWindowJanuary2015

After the panel was soldered  and cleaned, we then applied black patina to the solder lines, then cleaned once again with Kwik Clean, and then applied polish. After much polishing one can see the wonders of light that are seen through bevels.


 Design by Flory & Bob Wilkins



125+ Year Old Came Window Redesign and Restoration

For many years this very old came window rested secured under a bed. It measured 16 inches high by 40 inches wide. Was in poor structural condition as well had numerous lightly colored broken border pieces.

Our clients had just built a new home in a smaller Central Alberta community and wanted to have it restored to go into their new transom window above their front door entrance. But the new transom window measured 12 inches high by 49 inches wide, so we had to redesign the window to those measurements, as well as come up with a design that would use the existing glass.

The following picture shows the window in it’s original condition.


Before we start a came restoration and after taking the initial photo we then number each piece and photograph the window again.

Then we proceed to carefully cut away the rotten came and sort each piece by color etc and place them in separate boxes – beer flats and smaller soup can cardboard flats work well as it provides lots of room to spread out the various varieties of glass.

We used to clean each piece and renumber but found that was more time consuming than just cleaning each piece when we are ready to use it in the reconstruction process.


The next 2 pictures can give you an idea as to how much we had to stretch the length from 40 inches to 49 inches as well as shrink the height from 16 inches to 12 inches.

These measurements also included the new 1/2 inch came frame. We use a piece of 3/4 inch plywood for the base and make the frame from hickory hardwood with intermittently placed drill holes, then using  fine wood screws we attached these frames to the plywood base.


You can see that we had to be creative to figure out how we would have enough of the colored border glass to go around.


After numerous measurements to ensure final fitting accuracy, we built the wooden frame, miter cut the 1/2 zinc came frame and started the rebuilding process.

The following picture shows the start of the redesign process.


In the next photo we have expanded the left and right sides of the center bevel cluster, along with enlarging the colored border.



The following 2 photos show the completed redesign first the right side and then the left side.




In the next photo the redesigned window is ready for joint soldering, cementing, whiting, then patina and polish.


In the next picture the window is finished and ready to be taken to our clients. After soldering the came joints (cleaning the flux with Kwik Clean), cementing, cleaning with whiting, applying black patina to the came, cleaning again with Kwik Clean and applying polish, followed by lots of further cleaning, polishing with soft rags, along with using tooth brushes and X-acto knives to pick away any missed cement etc. we then have a beautiful window ready for our clients.


Here is the window installed in it’s new home location. Our clients were more than pleased with the results and how it fitted into the new transom window opening along with how it complimented the new door and sidelight beveled panels.

Stained GlassCame Window 2nd 2014-001

Redesign/Reconstruction by Bob & Flory Wilkins


Alberta Rose Transom Window Summer 2014

We were commissioned to make 3 interior transom windows for a farm home in Central Alberta. The following photos will take you from initial design ideas, construction, completion and installation of the first window which featured 3 Alberta Roses. These windows measure approximately 3 feet wide by 1 foot high.

The first photo shows the beginning of our initial design idea.


After client approval of the Alberta Roses, border design and interior glass we first started with the Alberta Roses and the border.


The following picture shows the left side, we used Spectrum’s Pearl Opal #603-81CC Blue Skies for the border, Spectrum’s 609.8 Clear White Pink Wispy for the Roses, with #6067-83CC Mimosa Pearl Opal for the rose centres and #329.6 Dark Green Swirled with White Wispy for the rose leaves. The surrounding glass was an architectural clear texture glass called Morisco, which poised lots of fun problems in lining up the texture to match.


In the next picture the panel is now ready for soldering.


The next photo shows the window soldered and ready for patina.


Once we have soldered a window and have applied patina we then construct and attached a 1/2 inch zinc came frame which we do not patina. We ensure that the solder joints in the window are attached both front and back to the zinc frame with cleaning and patina touch ups of these joints. Once completed then the window is polished and thoroughly cleaned.


Here is the completed window.


Our clients were most pleased and installed the window later on the day it was delivered to them, this picture was taken from the reverse side as they wanted to have the front facing into their daughters bedroom as she loves Alberta Roses.


 Design by Flory & Bob Wilkins

Alberta Rose Came Window Restoration # 1

We have now finished the restoration of the 1st of 2 old Alberta Rose Came windows. This first one has a rose/pinkish granite background glass. Fortunately none of the background glass was broken however we did have to use some the green leaves, stems and amber border from the 2nd window, which allowed us to make one complete window with all original glass. This window was delivered to our client in Stettler Alberta a few days ago. He was most impressed and eventually we will be given photos of where he intends on placing it in his home.


The second picture below shows of just how much the granite background glass glistens in sunlight as the sun’s rays change during the day.


To view more of the construction details about this Alberta Rose window follow this link on our website


We love to do these restorations of very old came windows but they are an intense labour of love on our part, requiring many hours of reconstruction from photographing, numbering of each piece of glass, then lots of cleaning of those pieces of glass to remove decades of dirt, paint and grime, then restoring them in new came, soldering, cementing, cleaning and polishing. These windows that have lots of this granite glass takes many hours of intense cleaning with various brushes, X-ACTO knife blades, polishing cloth’s etc. but the finished restoration gives our clients and ourselves a great deal of  pride and satisfaction.



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