Original stained glass window in pieces
Original stained glass window in pieces
Restored Smaller Rose Window
Restored Smaller Rose Window
Restored Larger Rose Window
Restored Larger Rose Window
Broken piece replaced
A number of years ago, I responded to a local ad on Craigslist offering for sale a modern stained glass window out of a house in Birmingham. I went to see the massive bathroom window that measured about 3 1/2' by 5' and found it folded in half with dozens of broken pieces. Being a sucker for damaged glass, I purchased the window with future plans for restoration. After several years taking up space on my shop counter, it was time to fix it or throw it away. The shear size of the window made it impractical to fix it up as one window.... very few homes would be able to accomodate it.... so I decided to try to restore it as 2 separate windows. They would be different in size and design, but I felt they would complement each other. There wasn't enough of the original red border glass so I had to use a different red glass on one panel. I removed the zinc framing and outer border glass and started working on the dozen or more internal broken pieces.
Broken piece replaced
Broken piece replaced
Broken piece replaced
Dean's Stained Glass
Rose Window Restoration
Dean's Stained Glass
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Above are two examples of internal pieces that had to be replaced. It is time consuming and somewhat difficult to remove and replace internal pieces and restore the lead to its original look. After all internal pieces were replaced, the red bands had to be restored, a new zinc border added for strength and both windows had to be re-puttied and framed. For strength I double stacked stained red oak for the frames.
The finished windows above measure approximately 28"x 36" and 34"x 36". I probably could have built them from scratch in about the same time as restoring them.... but I love the challenge of fixing stuff. I don't have a clue what I am going to do with these windows.... but they are restored and ready for just that right person and just the right windows to hang in. Let me know if you're interested! Dean September, 2014
Original window in pieces
Broken piece replaced
Broken piece replaced
Restored Smaller Rose Window
Restored Larger Rose Window