Our client has now installed the restored window into a very old building that she has turned into a wonderful workshop and studio. The location is NE of Halkirk, Alberta and her company’s name is Woolgathering.
Congratulations to Carmen, who persevered to take an old run down building and turn it into a very warm and welcoming studio for her business.
Here are 3 pictures, one of the building as was, then the redone interior along with the restored came window now installed back into the 1910 building.
This very old came window measured 20 x 16 inches. At some point in its history someone used a glue gun to seal the came lines on both sides of the glass. (Refer to the third picture below to view). We had to take much care in slowly removing this glue, pulling gently with pliers and/or fingers all the while using an X-ACTO knife blade # 11 to slowly cut the glue away from the glass.
One had to be extra careful to ensure that counteracting forces would not cause the glass to crack or break, especially the smaller curved pieces on the top portion of the window.
The next picture shows the window restored and replaced into it’s very old wooden frame, which was in very good condition given its age. Our client is putting this window back into a 1910 building, that is in good condition, which she is going to use as a studio.
Our client wanted us to somehow preserve the pink paint which was an interesting task as the glue tended to want to lift it off the window frame while we removed the glue. In addition she wanted the wooden molding holding the window in its frame, to be preserved as well.
The next picture shows the window with the glue on the various seams. This further created more glue removal problems as the thickness of the glue on both sides of the window, made removal even more difficult due to the uneven surfaces.
The restoration work requires photographing the window a number of times to ensure that the glass pieces return to their original place.
Our clients had recently purchased a 100+ year old home in Red Deer. The previous owner advised them that this home was called the “Hare House” and they left behind this old painting on a piece of wood titled “Hare House”
Our clients wanted this painting of the “Hare House” turned into a stained glass panel. The painting measured approximately 18 inches wide x 23 inches high.
Once again we enlisted the stained glass design skills of Martha Hanson at Paned Expressions Studios in Edgewood Maryland USA to design the stained glass panel from the “Hare House” painting.
We had an old piece of Bullseye #2105 for the evening sky and were able to match it across the panel. For the moon and border we located a quite old piece of Armstrong Glass. The upper leaves were made from Bullseye # 3212-30. The purple flowers on the left were from an old piece of Bullseye.
The hare was made from Oceanside/Spectrum Hawkwings and Youghiogheny 1313HS. The picket fence was constructed using English Muffle #4925 and the lettering from Black Waterglass.
The following photo is the painting, that was done many years ago by an unknown artist.
The next photo shows the pattern laid out with the border being made.
The next photo shows the panel already for soldering, after which we cleaned with Kwik Clean, used steel wool # 0000 to clean the solder lines and then applied Jax Black Pewter patina, cleaned again with Kwik Clean. Then the 1/2 inch zinc border came was attached with all panel joints soldered to the frame on both the front and back of the panel. Finally Clarity fine stained glass polish was applied to finish the panel.
The next photo is a close up of the Hare, although they don’t show up very well in a photo, for the 2 dots in the Hare’s eyes we used a white nail polish.
The last photo shows the bottom pieces being fitted and foiled.
Design by Paned Expressions Studios from a painting by an unknown artist
This flying Bald Eagle panel measures 20 inches in diameter. A local friend asked us to make this for her husband for a December Birthday/Christmas 2020 gift.
We used Spectrum Sly Blue/White Wispy for the sky and Spectrum/Oceanside Clear/White “Pearl White” for the clouds. In the Eagle we used a combination of OGT Brown on Gold Streaky Granite and Spectrum Dark Amber & White Translucent and for the white feathers, Spectrum Clear/White Feather White, along with some Black Waterglass and a solid Spectrum Yellow for the beak. The frame was a 3/4 inch zinc came made round with our came bender.
The are 195 pieces of stained glass in this panel and it took us about 2 months to complete.
Design by Christie Wood from ” The Glass Menagerie”
Pattern disk sold by Dragonfly Software for Glasseye 2000
Earlier this year we were asked if we could make an Aspen Leaf for a new sign titled “The B Nest Studios” Upon further discussions with Bee & Tad of “The B Nest Studios” we decided to donate this aspen leaf to them.
Why – well Bee and Tad’s first book recently won an international book award. This children’s book is titled “What Bee will you Bee”, the story by Bee and wonderful, dazzling artwork by Tad.
This fall The B Nest Studios teamed up with The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre and they opened a store in September at the Bower Mall in Red Deer, Alberta. The Child Advocacy Centre allows kids and families that are affected by child abuse to get the help they need right now. They have professionals from every arm of the system there to get kids into safe spaces and places, without making them bounce around buildings and people for weeks. There are RCMP, social services, psychiatrists, social workers, medical professionals, lawyers and many other people that meet on their own time once a week to get these cases through as fast as possible and get these kids back to what they should be doing… being kids
We feel so lucky to have been able to participate in a small way in Bee & Tad’s amazing journey.
The Aspen Leaf measures approximately 10 inches high by 9 inches wide. It was attached to their metal sign as shown below.
If you wish to find out more about their award winning children’s books, artwork and other items, their website link is below.
The last picture is of the store front at the Bower Mall in Red Deer Alberta. If you are ever in the area please go and see what their store has to offer as they work in conjunction with the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre.
Aspen leaf designed by Flory & Bob Wilkins