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Restorations

STAINED GLASS WINDOW RESTORATION

Wendleberry Glass provides a full stained glass restoration service from minor repairs to full rebuilds.

 

Each restoration requirement is different and is assessed upon the requirements of the customer to ensure the best possible outcome of the repair for the window. We can undertake restorations from small fixes such as a cracked pane to a full rebuild which would replace all of the existing lead, any broken panes and re-cemented to make it completely waterproof.

 

We are also able to offer an encasement service to put your stained glass windows into double glazing units as required.

 

If you have a stained glass window that needs to be repaired, then please call or email me and I can asses your requirement and provide you with a quotation.

 

Please see below a selection of the restoration work I have carried out :

Restoration of a Glass Window for an Old Cottage

This piece was in a Grade I listed cottage that was being restored and had 3 separate windows for the one window frame. The windows had a few cracks in them and was no longer waterproof.  The first task was to dismantle them from the steel framework and lay out what we had to see what work was required.

 

There were a few cracks in the windows and all of the lead had to be replaced. I dismantled the windows ensuring every piece was numbered to enable me to recreate the

window exactly as it was. All of the glass was then thoroughly cleaned, and the new pieces were cut to replace the original broken pieces.

 

The lead needed to be aged to remove that crisp newness look and this was done using patina to stain the lead to a deep black after soldering. Once re-assembled the window was cemented to ensure it would be weatherproof for its return to the old cottage.

Restoration of a Glass Window for a Local Home

I was approached by a client to ask if I could repair the window in their wooden front door.  The wind had caught it and the glass had cracked making it unsafe.  We removed the window from the door and made sure the house was secure by boarding the hole.

 

This window had the original coloured glass in it, so as much as possible I replaced the broken pieces with matching original glass that I already had from a window in the same street. This one area all had the same design of window at one time but over the years many had just been replaced or thrown out. This cannot always be done, and it had already been  discussed with the client for permission to replace the glass with something similar.  The whole window was dismantled cleaned and re-leaded.  Once the window had been soldered together it was cemented to ensure it was weatherproofed.

 

We then inserted the window back into the original door to complete the work.

Restoration of a Glass Window for an Old Chapel

This old chapel had been restored,  but a couple of the windows were not original.  I was asked to replace these windows with replicas of the original windows. The old windows had a few cracks in them but were still viable.  I made a replica of the windows by measuring and drawing the replacement new windows. I knew from experience that they were not going to be exactly the same size and this meant lots of visits to site to ensure the exact size.

I built the windows from scratch and re-leaded them and to ensure that they blended in with the old windows I needed to age them to remove that crisp newness look. This was done using patina to stain the lead to a deep black after soldering. Once re-assembled the window was cemented to ensure it would be weatherproof for its return to the old chapel.