Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Striped Stained Glass Lamp Repair

This colorful lamp had a few cracked pieces in it when my customer purchased it from an antique dealer.  Here's how I went about repairing it ..

The cracks aren't obvious but they're marked here with blue tape.

Here's the glass that we agreed would be the best match.

First I'm using the metal end of the oil filled pistol grip glass cutter to crack out the piece that's slated for replacement.

Then I cleared the border of old foil and solder.  Note the notch on the piece below.  That's also going to be replaced.

I made a paper template of the opening and traced it onto a strip of glass.  Just by chance, I used this glass as a cutting demonstration for a group of students at a grammar school last May.  The strips I made just happened to be the exact right size and color for this project.

Now I'm applying adhesive copper foil in 7/32" width to the glass.

Cracking out the glass in the rest of the row.

Using a metal file to sand down the edges of the glass.

 Now the turquoise row is cut, foiled, and in place in the lamp.

Onto cutting the blue piece.

Using running pliers to snap the glass after I've scored it.

Now both rows are in place, ready for fluxing and soldering.  Liquid flux is always applied to the foil before soldering.  It acts as a catalyst and helps the solder to flow.

An unusual feature of this lamp is that the patina was a mix of copper and black.  So I made a custom mix of both colors to replicate the existing color.

After I soldered the rows in place, I'm applying the custom black and copper patina onto the solder.

After a cleaning and waxing, here is the repaired lamp.

And here it is, lighted from below.  Thank you to Allison for bringing me your lamp.  May you enjoy it for years to come!
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Dining Room Stained Glass Windows

This project is for the creation of two matching stained glass windows to serve as the focal points for my customer's dining room.  Here is one of the windows.  Notice that the glass is heavily textured.  Ideally, we install windows over clear glass.  Since they were unable to find a contractor to change the glass, we went with opalescent glass which is less transparent.  It worked out beautifully.  Here's the process ..

Here is one of the windows with the texture clearly visible.

For every custom window, we collaborate to come up with a design.  This was the winner, one of Ed Sibbet's, a well-published pattern designer.  Next I create several full color renditions of the design, using the color palette chosen by my customer.  Here are a few of the options I presented.





This one was the winner!

 Here's the dining room showing both windows.

The palette of glass to be used on the project.

The pattern making process.  The bottom layer is Manila folders, the middle layer is carbon paper, and the top layer is the "cartoon" or printed pattern.  I trace all of the numbers and lines onto the folders, as well as the colors.

I use regular scissors to cut the outer border.  Then I use specialized double-bladed pattern shears to separate the pieces. These leave a small area which will be taken up later by the copper foil.

As pattern pieces are cut, I separate them by color and organize them into recycled junk mail envelopes.

Here's the cartoon, laying flat on my Homasote work surface.  Homasote is a sound-proofing building material which accepts pushpins and has just the right amount of "give" for glass cutting.  Notice that there is a "fence" or "jig" around the border.  These aluminum strips will stay in place throughout the process.  They prevent the glass from shifting as I work.

Each pattern piece gets traced onto a piece of glass, then cut out.

More pieces ready for cutting.

In some cases, the curves are too deep to safely cut by hand.  That's when I use my wet ring saw as shown.

Moving onto the clear glass .. Several pieces traced and ready for cutting.

More clear ready.  The purple tool is an oil-filled pistol grip glass cutter which is my primary hand cutting implement.

Now I'm cutting the light amber pieces.  I'm creating both windows simultaneously, cutting all of one color at one time.

Here's my ring saw next to my grinder with several more amber pieces.

One of the center medium amber pieces half cut.  Love the colors in this glass.

Using a circle cutter for the round red pieces.

Here's window "A" with all the glass cut ..

And here's window "B" with all the glass cut.

After all the glass is cut, its always necessary to trim the pieces for a proper fit.  Here I'm placing one of the pieces in place after trimming it.

Applying the 7/32" adhesive copper foil to the center edge of each piece of glass.

Using a "fid" or flat plastic wand to burnish the foil onto the glass.

More foiling. You can see in the background that nearly all of the window has now been foiled.

Before I foil the "signature piece", I use an electric engraver to etch my name, month and year into the glass.

The next steps are to apply liquid flux to the foil.  Then I "tack solder" the glass together at the junctions and randomly throughout the window.  Once the pieces are locked, I remove the aluminum "fence" and slide out the "cartoon".  I did this for both windows.

Then I solder the front of each window.  Then my husband Eric custom-cuts the zinc frame for each window.

I put the aluminum frame back on, to secure the new frame.  Then I solder it in place at the corners and at the lead lines, as shown.

Here's one of the hanging hooks, soldered in place.

Now I'm applying liquid black patina to the solder.  After its allowed to set, I wash it off with a neutralizing spray.

Here's one of the two windows which has just been patina-ed.  After the patina is dry, I apply stained glass finishing compound which is a light wax.

Here is one of the windows, completed ..

And here is the other one!

And here are both together

And here they are, in the dining room, after Eric installed them.
Thank you Pam and Phil .. It was a pleasure meeting you and creating these beauties for your room.  May you and your family enjoy them for years to come!

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