Century-old leaded glass panels which have sagged a bit, or have
sustained some breakage, usually need a total restoration. Sometimes
a repair is possible -- replacing a few pieces of glass, re-leading small
sections, cementing and re-installing. With most old panels the lead
is oxidized, and Victorian lead was softer than today's, making full
restoration the best choice.
Restoration involves the following:
- Agree on a restoration plan and price in
partnership with the client.
- Removal of the panel from its frame.
- Re-conditioning the frame (or ordering a
new one) and finishing it as the client wishes.
- Taking apart the leaded glass panel,
recycling the lead, and cleaning each piece of glass.
- Laying out each piece of glass in the
panel and cutting new matching glass as needed.
- Client approval before leading the
- Leading the panel, soldering both sides,
cementing both sides, and attaching reinforcing rods as needed.
- Re-installing the panel in its frame.
Removal and/or installation at the site can
The image below shows a door panel
leaded after cleaning each piece and replacing
missing and broken pieces.
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The image below shows the
hung in a north