Thursday, April 13, 2017

100th Repair - Pool Table Lamp

This is cause for celebration .. My 100th stained glass repair posted to this blog. Most have been lamps but also many panels and windows.  All a pleasure for me to do .. I really enjoy the process of bringing them all back so they can be enjoyed again.  Here's the story of the pool table lamp repair.

This lamp had been damaged in a move about a year ago.  The owners finally got to unpacking the basement and decided it was time to repair their pool table lamp.


One end was badly damaged as seen here.  Several pieces of the dark glass (which is a green) and many more amber pieces.  Also, the frame was bent out of shape.

Another view.

I began the repair by making a template of the opposite side, so that I could re-create the proper curve on the damaged side.

Using gloved hands, I tugged and coaxed the shade back to the original shape.  Here's a photo taken in the process.

After the frame was in generally the correct position, I decided to repair the uppermost amber pieces first.  Here I'm using needle nosed pliers to tug out the old foil and solder after I'd removed the cracked glass.

As with many other older lamps, the glass on this one had not been ground prior to foiling.  Grinding the glass helps the foil to adhere.  Therefore I went in with a metal hand file and ground the borders for the new piece.

Here I've traced a pattern for the replacement glass.

Now I've lined the border with adhesive copper foil.

Tracing the pattern onto the glass.

With straight lines, I "score" the glass with this "oil-filled pistol grip glass cutter".  Then I use the metal end of the cutter to tap repeatedly along the score line, front and back.  Eventually the glass will crack along that score line.

Using the electric grinder to smooth the edges.

Now the amber pieces in the upper row have been replaced and soldered.  I'm moving onto the green row.  Again I'm using the metal hand file.

The border of the opening as well as the replacement piece have been copper foiled.  Then I applied liquid flux which is a catalyst that helps the solder to flow freely.  Here I'm soldering the piece in place.

Now all of the green pieces are replaced.  I'm spray-washing the whole area to remove all traces of flux.

Now I'm moving down to the border.  I used one of the loose pieces as a template to cut the ones that need to be replaced.

Another view of the cracked pieces at the bottom edge of the lamp.

More pieces cut which will replace cracked ones.

Now all but one of the amber pieces and one green piece have been replaced and soldered in place. After those remaining two pieces are in place, I fluxed and soldered the inside of the dome. Then I spray-cleaned it all another time.

Here I'm applying black patina to the solder.  After it sets, I wash it all off again.  Then I apply stained glass finishing compound to the work area and the rest of the lamp.  This is a light wax which protects the patina and gives the glass a nice shine.

And here is the repaired lamp.

A view of the end which was damaged.  Thanks for bringing this to me, Steven.  May you and your family enjoy it in your new home for many years to come!
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Boehm Stained Glass in local newspaper

I'm very pleased to be mentioned in columnist Bill Ervolino's article regarding the popularity of tablets .. Here are the first few paragraphs.  Thanks Bill!  (Please click on article to readable size).


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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Coca Cola Lamp Repair Part Deux (Another Cat-astrophe)

This beautiful Coca Cola lamp may look familiar .. The owner's cat damaged it again, this time by dropping something heavy on it from a high shelf!  There were many more pieces broken this time, but it was a pleasure to repair the second time around.  The first repair was about six months ago.

Here's a side view showing the cracked pieces of the amber, the green-mix color band at the top, the logo and the bottom rows.


It also sustained a significant dent in the side.

Ouch ..

I began the repair by gently tugging on the bent side to get the lamp back into a circle again.

Then I cleaned up the borders of one of the cracked pieces and created a template for it as shown.

Then I went back and cracked out nearly all of the pieces that needed replacement.  I don't normally do it this way, but I know this lamp and I knew it could withstand such a gaping hole.  It held up fine.  Here I'm using a hand file to rough up the edges of the borders where the replacement glass will be installed.
 

Here are four new pies of the amber glass, traced and ready for cutting..

Each piece needs to be ground on the electric grinder.

Now I've re-foiled the borders of the pieces as well as the pieces themselves and I've soldered them into the shade. This is the view from inside the shade.

View from outside the shade with the amber row replaced.

Here I've made patterns for the next row of striped, multi-colored glass.  I used the purple pistol grip glass cutter to score the four pieces, then snapped them apart.  After I ground the edges of each piece, I rinsed them off, dried them, and applied new copper foil.

Here's an upside-down view of the lamp with the multi-color band re-foiled and ready for the addition of the replacement pieces.

Now the multi-colored pieces are in place.  They've been soldered as well.

Next, I removed and made templates for the several pieces of red glass that cracked.

Two pieces of red have been replaced and re-foiled and are awaiting soldering.

I replaced all the cracked red pieces, then moved onto the iridescent white glass for the logo.  Because these "C"s are so deeply curved, I used my ring saw rather than risk having them crack if I were to hand cut them.

I've removed several of the cracked white pieces and foiled the borders.  After those were replaced, I went back and completed the rest of the logo with new glass.

Now the damaged side of the lamp has been fully replaced and soldered.

Now I'm applying black patina to all of the new solder.  After the patina sets for a bit, I wash it off, then apply wax to the entire lamp to make it shine.

Holding up the lamp to a light to check for light leaks.  None .. All set!

Here's the lamp, fully repaired.
Another view ..
Thanks again Barry for coming all the way from Queens to drop off and pick up your lamp.  I hope your adorable kitty will learn to leave your beautiful lamp alone so you and your family can enjoy it.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Reclining Nude Art Nouveau Lamp Repair

This stunning lamp came to me recently in need of repair after a fall.  It is an early 20th century Art Nouveau Tiffany style lamp with a bronze base.  The base is in the shape of a tree trunk.  On top of the tree is a lovely reclining nude.  It is signed by E. Thomasson on the base.  Here is the process by which I repaired the many cracked pieces.

The lamp is 29" high and weighs well over 25 pounds.

This close up shows some of the cracked pieces which I marked with blue tape.

Here is the signature on the base.  I did some research on the lamp after it was picked up.  There are several of these lamps up for auction online, fetching rather high prices.  Well worth it .. Its a stunner.

Here I'm beginning the repairs by removing one of the cracked orange opal pieces.

I made a pattern for the piece and cut a new piece of glass .

 Here I'm applying copper foil around the edges of the replacement piece.

And here I'm grinding the edges of the glass to make it safe to handle and also to make the copper foil adhere better.

Here's another piece removed with a pattern traced for it.  I've also lined the border with new copper foil.

Here are a few pieces which I've replaced and soldered.  There are a few more to the left which are marked for replacement.

For a few pieces, I opted to use my electric ring saw to cut the deeper grooves.

Another view of a damaged section.  There were 4 areas of the lamp which sustained damage.  Because of the size and weight of this lamp, it took special handling to access every piece and to repair each one properly.

I've replaced three pieces of orange opal glass and now I'm applying the patina to darken the solder.  After each area is soldered, I clean it thoroughly.

Moving onto another area along the border which needs repair.  Notice all the cracked and missing pieces and the one that's marked with blue tape.  The colors of the glass are exceptional.  Fortunately, I had very close or exact matches to the glass in my inventory.

Here several pieces have been replaced and soldered.  There's one in the upper right which has been removed, awaiting replacement.

Pattern is traced for the piece.

And now its repaired.

Now all of the cracked pieces have been replaced and the lamp is ready to go back to its owner.  I took a few photos of it outdoors in natural light.



And here, a few more views with the light on.  The choice of glass colors and the design are just exquisite!


Sending my thanks to Kathy for entrusting me with this special memento.  It was a pleasure repairing it for you and being able to enjoy it for a short time until you came to bring her home.  May you enjoy it for many more years to come!

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