Damaged stained glass door panels restored

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 in Restoration

Damaged stained glass door panels restored

Following an attempted break in at a house in Cambridge we were asked to rebuild three of the panels within this door. Two of the panels had weak lead joints and were moving within the frames.

 

 

 

 

 

Three damaged panels for restoration

Three damaged panels for restoration

Stripped out of the old lead the glass is cleaned and then laid into fresh 3/16″ lead came which is cut to size whilst the unit is held square on a board support.

Stripped glass re-laid in new lead

Stripped glass re-laid in new lead

Flat horseshoe nails are used to hold the lead and glass in place whilst the panel size is checked. As originally wider 3/8″ lead is used to frame the panel.

Horseshoe nails hold the panel in place

Horseshoe nails hold the panel in place

All the joints are prepared for soldering with a clean from a wire brush before tallow is applied as a flux to help the solder flow into the joints.

Joints are prepared

Joints are prepared

In this case the joints are soldered using a 100w electric iron which is ideal for smaller lead work.

Joints are soldered

Joints are soldered

On the reverse side alignment is rechecked before flux and solder applied to finish the rebuild.

Alignment is rechecked

Alignment is rechecked

Finally the three leaded panels are sealed against the weather using lead light cement before refitting into the door to complete the rebuild.

restored stained glass panels

Restored panels back in the door