This window had the largest bevels I’ve worked with to date. Measuring approximately 5′ x 18″, it was brought to me after suffering a near fatal tip over. And I’m pretty sure the fragile/bendy condition of the original lead actually saved it from massive damage as all of the bevels except a small one were all in tact. The original frame (encased in wood for transport) was left as is. Oddly, the two support bars were inserted into the front […]
It’s inevitable. After 80-100 years of life, leaded windows begin to give way to mother nature. Becoming brittle, collapsing and of lack of weather proofing are 3 good reasons to have your windows redone. Properly insulated leaded windows will get rid of cold drafts and save you money. The frames around these still need repainted, but the new leaded glass is ready for winter.
Restoring this window was a new challenge. In addition to the cracked pieces and collapsing lead, the image in the center was something I had not run into before. Rather than being painted, it was a photo (or some other type of material) encased between two pieces of clear glass. The length of time it lasted was impressive, but if you look closer, you can se how it was shifting downward and to the right. It had dissolved into a thousand […]
Summer is a great time to take care of leaded windows that are in disrepair. In this case, there were four of them in Sea Cliff. Two outer and two inner vestibule sidelights. As you can see, they needed a little work. Much of the glass was broken, the lead was hanging on by a string and for reasons I don’t understand, there were no support bars on the outer panels which caused them to bend more than they should […]
Along with stained glass repair and design, I also restore wood window frames. This one was purchased by a neighbor with the intent of adding it to a new mud room. Suffice to say it was in need of a little TLC. Fortunately none of the glass was damaged and all of the work focused on restoring the wood and replacing the glass with new glaze. I’ll add one last pic when it is installed into their new room.
This piece is over 100 years old and was cracked in transport from the dealer to my neighbor. I replaced a broken clear piece in the middle by cutting out the old lead, scraping off a lot of oxidation and soldering. While I couldn’t find a perfect match for the cracked piece, we came pretty close. With that done, I added an outer border so it can be mounted in the front door of their home. The photo with the border is a first […]
Measuring 48″ x 48″, the lead is falling off and some sections are collapsing despite the supports. There are also several broken pieces of glass , missing circle and a wood frame that will be replaced. I’m taking the panel completely apart and rebuilding it with new lead came. In the end it will become a giant light box mounted on a wall. See close ups and a progress pic below. It’s cleaning up beautifully! SEE THE FINISHED PANEL BY CLICKING HERE.