DC Studios LLC RHINEBECK, NEW YORK Doris Cultraro Stained Glass Artist Presents……www.dcstudiosllc.com
A New Look at Stained Glass:Restoration and Custom Work
Stained Glass – Repair it, rebuild it, or do something new… What should I do?… The „quick fix‟, repairs, and restoration. What‟s the difference?•…Stained glass is „Green’•…Incorporating salvaged glass from old panels,use new glass made the old fashioned way, or anymaterial that can be enclosed in the glazingmaterial and be soldered is fair game.•…New materials…Longevity… Sustainability•…Where does the inspiration comes from?•…How we design•…Examples of Stained Glass in various settings
TOP 10 LIST – WHEN TO KNOW YOUR STAINED GLASS NEEDS HELP1. Lead separating or 6. Glass paint flaking or bent up from glass missing.2. Broken or missing 7. Poor condition of lead and solder joints frames3. Cracked or missing 8. Corrosion due to glass elements4. Tie wires or support 9. Putty in poor condition bars separating from or missing the windows 10. Lack of maintenance5. Bulges or bowing over the years. Previous bad repairs.
Sample Problems Glass separating from lead, or missingFailed Paint
Important Restoration Project•Current project in our studio•The following slides will showsome of the many processes Beforeinvolved with this extensiverestoration.•The window was made in 1890.The panels, when cleaned andreleaded, will look brand new.All the lead will be replaced.•Stained Glass is one of themost sustainable decorative artmediums. It is an asset worthpreserving.•Value increases with time andwindow condition is animportant factor whenembarking on a restorationproject.
Getting the Window to the Studio… Unwrap and Inspect
HOW WE DESIGN AND PLAN YOUR PROJECT• Most of our designs are created on the computer in our studio• Designs are reviewed with the client for comments and approvals• Color renderings are created incorporating client comments, changes or additions
COMPUTER GENERATED DESIGNSImage from clients fireplacewas scanned, then manuallytraced into our computer.
So what’s the process?• Once the design is approved, the patterns are generated from the same drawing in full scale.• Templates are cut, glass selected, and the project moves into the cutting stage.• We use glass the way a painter uses a brush stroke…
So what’s the process?• Selecting swirls or waves in the glass to correspond to flower petals or leaves.• The glass is wrapped in either lead or copper foil.• Soldered, patina applied, cleaned.• Ready for installation.