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Nice Trio of Kitchen Windows

This set of three larger (24 x24 inch) panels light up a Victorian kitchen in West Philly.  The glass is about 75% antique from a variety of sources.  Lots of line, and strong, rich antique color! These folks did my favorite thing:  they told me to “make it beautiful”!IMG_1551_2IMG_1547_2IMG_1549

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Damaged antique glass repair

We have a very nice suite of leaded glass window panels in our home. They are production glass from 1905, not colored, and very common in our Victorian neighborhood. They came with the house, so are certainly nice to have with us!

There was a sad story though:  each panel had been damaged over the years, and there was deterioration in the zinc came. The missing glass is not currently available, so a linear reconstruction of the windows was not possible. Also, given the location of the damaged sections (in the middle of the panels), there would be a ton of work taking them apart, and trying to get them back together. The outcome is always up for grabs.  So, I developed Plan B.

I took each panel out of its frame, cleaned the glass, and mended the solder joints in the zinc matrix.

I took each panel out of its frame, cleaned the glass, and mended the solder joints in the zinc matrix.

Working with new and antique glass, I filled in the damaged sections, and stabilized the remaining glass.

Working with new and antique glass, I filled in the damaged sections, and stabilized the remaining glass.

I backed the leaded glass with insulated glass panels, which reduced the airflow in the living room, and provided additional structure.

I backed the leaded glass with insulated glass panels, which reduced the airflow in the living room, and provided additional structure.

It was actually quite a bit of work, but all seems worthwhile now that the lovely glass is back in place. It will be strong and lovely for many years to come!

It was actually quite a bit of work, but all seems worthwhile now that the glass is back in place. It will be strong and lovely for many years to come!

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West Philly Door Light

Terrible accident at Tuomi’s (Ca 1900) house…a very nice chestnut door with period glass took a direct hit from the cat.  The glass was cracked and pretty well busted up…

I cleaned up the break, and made a frame for the old glass.

I cleaned up the break, and made a frame for the old glass.

Using lots of the old patterned glass from the  Mullica Hill stash , I filled the void left by the cat...

Using lots of the old patterned glass from the Mullica Hill stash , I filled the void left by the cat…

So, the door is restored, with lots of new color and pattern;  that is a good thing.  The lovely old glass is once again sitting in the light, which is also a very good thing!

So, the door is restored, with lots of new color and pattern; that is a good thing. The lovely old glass is once again sitting in the light, which is also a very good thing!

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Elkins Park Streetscape

I met Ilene at the Woodlands Craft Fair in West Philly.  We talked about a couple of ideas for her Elkins Park home, and settled on improving the streetscape from her living room, and enhancing the privacy of her home…

Her bay window looks out on the street, with parked cars, and random passersby.

Her bay window looks out on the street, with parked cars, and random passersby.

I made a set of five 24"x18" panels.  They are designed so that the glass is continuous across the rails which separate the panels.

I made a set of five 24″x18″ panels,  designed so that the glass is continuous across the rails which separate the panels.

The idea being that it looks like one continuous piece of work....

The idea being that it looks like one continuous piece of work….

No more visual clutter...

No more visual clutter…

The parked cars and passersby are gone, and the treetops remain ...plenty of  natural light, lots of visual interest and  more privacy!

The parked cars and passersby are gone, and the treetops remain …plenty of natural light, lots of visual interest and more privacy!

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New Work: Swarthmore sidelights

It is always nice to work with old friends, and also nice to have free reign over a project.  It was quite a treat for me when our old friends Kerry and Brian wanted me to make “something beautiful” for their home.

They have a very nice entry doorway with multi-light sidelights;  all it needed was a little dolling-up.

Kerry let me go, with no adult supervision, and below is the result.  I was able to use lots of old painted and etched glass from Mullica Hill Glass in Elmer, NJ.  Bill and Carol at Mullica Hiill have been working the South Jersey art glass scene for quite a while, and Bill saved up a pretty extensive pile of beautiful old glass.  As you can see, the old glass adds a very powerful dimension to these panels.  It is really a treat to have it available, and sincere thanks to Bill and Carol for setting it aside over the years.

Here is a before and after view of the doorway, and some detail pics of the panels. Thanks to Bill and Carol, and to Kerry and Brian!

Entryway in its original state.

Entryway in its original state.

Here is the finished work.

Here is the finished work.

Here are the panels.  There is no doubt about the visual power of the old glass.

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