It is not always an easy job to restore glass to it's former glory but I have been delighted to be asked to do just that. It is worth all the hours spent to see the joy on a customer's face when the job is complete. If you have a project you would like help with, click here
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The biggest job I have tackled to date was to restore 7 of these 9 windows. They had been abused over the years by balls accidentality going through the window, even a shotgun and just general weather and age letting wind and rain in.
Just one of the windows held together with tape and multiple cracks across the silver stain design.
The first thing to do was to take the windows out a few at a time and board up the gaps. Take the tape off and see what was happening underneath. The correct glass needed sourcing and a pattern made. Then the window needed to be taken apart to the centre to repair the broken painted piece. It was decided to repair rather than replace to keep some of the stories of the window's recent history. All the outside leads needed to be replaced and the glass and lead needed a good clean. Finally, the assembly could begin with all the lead being re-cemented to ensure it was watertight.
This panel had been bought at an auction. The customer wanted it restored and framed.
The paint had to be removed from the outside border and a new top border to match had to be added. All of the panels needed cleaning and the cement needed replacing.
From this to this! New window, new oak frame to hold a metal-framed casement window.
This window has bowed over time and needed taking apart to flatten and for it to be made weatherproof again.
This Minton bookcase had stretched lead and broken glass. The original glass was only 2mm thick and had a 2 way bow. I needed to make a plaster mould of the bow and slump the glass over the mould before replacing the broken glass and the stretched lead. A very tricky job but one the customer was really pleased with.