Leaded Lights Repairs
A 1930s opening casement window for restoration.
An unusual 1930s metal casement with ornate brass furniture..
This casement metal casement window from Portsmouth in Hampshire came from an nice individual house of
oak frames and leaded lights. We were asked to restore this window as it wouldn’t open properly and had a few broken panes of leaded glass.
The lower rail and sides had rusted preventing the window from opening the leaded light had broken glass and was bowing. We made an appointment to carefully remove the casement from the oak surround with had an area to the sill that had a little wet rot, We arranged for a carpenter to replace this area of oak whilst the opening metal window was being restored.
Back at our Horsham studio we removed the leaded light from the metal frame which revealed the full extent of the deterioration to the metal window, just the lower rail had rusted through we therefore were able to replace this in our workshop.
The leaded light required complete re-building with new English hand drawn lead came but as much as possible of the interesting old glass was reused. The casement was then shotblasted clean which removed all remaining rust, finally we coated the frame with a zinc oxide primer paint followed by an undercoat of satin black paint.
With the leaded light fully restored we added copper ties to line through with the horizontal saddle bars for strength, the metal frame was re-positioned back into the oak-frame which had already been repaired which removed any rot by replacing take where required, then the leaded light was refitted back into position, the client painted the topcoats of paint after the putty had dried and gained a skin on its surface which was approximately a month later. Thereby saving this beautiful old metal frame and leaded light.
Leaded Lights in an Oak Frame
These Traditional Leaded glass panels were made from English hand drawn lead came in a diamond pattern originally. The lead came was found to be heavily oxidised with cracks and with an element glass sealer missing which had fallen away allowing water to ingress. the panels were also bowing.
The glass panels were carefully photographed before removal, in the studio Two paper rubbings were taken of the original sinuous lead lines, They were carefully stripped down, the glass was cleaned using a de-ionised water and lint free cloths and laid on the first rubbing, where glass was broken, we selected glass from our archive to match the original.
The glass was then rebuilt using English hand drawn lead came exactly the same dimensions and profile as the original, each lead joint soldered and then waterproofed following a drying period the traditional leaded glass and metal casements were repositioned back into the original frames. fit to face the next hundred years.
Traditional Leaded lights Barns Green Sussex.
Made to Measure Traditional Leaded Lights manufactured in our Horsham studio. This particular four leaded lights were ordered by a customer in Barns Green Sussex. To remove the aged and bowed leaded lights and the Sussex Pin opener for restoration, temporary glaze the aperture.
Remake to match exactly the original leaded lights plus re-use all possible of the existing glass and reglaze back into a new oak window, a quality product for a Listed Building. Restore the Sussex Pin opening windows by shot blasting clean, repairing any fault, zinc coating primer coat with a black undercoat.
We used a wide border lead to just exceed the height of the oak rebate for aesthetics we used a traditional 5/16” internal English hand drawn lead came to copy the original design exactly,each joint was carefully soldered to build the panel back together. In re-glazing we used a traditional black putty into the oak frame and held the panel securely with copper ties and saddle bars plus nailed ‘copper’ fat headed tacks all around the border lead, this finished a very neat well finished restoration project.
We offer a complete and prompt competative service to home owners.
Leaded lights in Ecclesiastical settings
We are often asked to repair glass in Churches in the south east of England and London, we are recognised by all of the Diocesan Advisory Council ‘s for our work on Ecclisiastical windows and for Churches of all Denominations.
Traditional Leaded light.
Made to Measure Traditional Leaded Light manufactured in our Horsham studio.
This particular pair of leaded lights were ordered by a customer in Lindfield Sussex.
Our brief here: To remove the aged and bowed leaded light, temporary glaze the aperture. Remake to match exactly the original lead came plus re-use all possible of the existing glass and reglaze back into the original oak window a quality product for a Listed Building.
We used a wide border lead to just exceed the height of the oak rebate for aesthetics we used a traditional 5/16” internal English hand drawn lead came, copy the original design exactly,each joint was carefully soldered to build the panel back together.
In Re-glazing we used a traditional black putty into the oak frame and held the panel securely with copper ties and saddle bars plus nailed ‘copper’ fat headed tacks all around the border lead, this finished a very neat well finished restoration project. We offer a complete and prompt service to home owners, Listed Buildings and Churches throughout the south east.
Arundel. Glass Repairs.
We are often asked to repair glass in old buildings, this is usually in the form of
Traditional leaded light repairs in situ.
We are happy to take your enquiries for any glass repairs.
Damaged Leaded Light
A Traditional Leaded Light was damaged which required total rebuilding. We were called out to quote and to take exact measurements and to match the type and style of lead came to match the side panels which were undamaged. We were able to put this into work promptly the manufacture of a new traditional Leaded Light.
Choosing glass with a slight undulating surface to match the original as close as possible work began on the building of the new Leaded Light. Choosing from our stocks of English hand drawn lead came, we chose a border lead of 1/2” wide and an internal 5/16 lead. Each piece of glass is cut to the exact size required, the lead came cut to suit the glass, each lead joint was carefully soldered together to form a solid panel, It was then waterproofed with traditional leaded Light cement and blackened with polish to face the riggers of the forthcoming weather.
Reglazed back into position in the wooden side hung casement window with a “swiftly” drying black putty, then pinned into position to fix the panel firmly. all debris carefully cleaned away.
Clifford G Durant. P.A.C.R. I.O.C. Accredited Glass Conservator of Historic glass.
We are proud to specialise in traditional Leaded Light glass, we concentrate solely on Traditional Leaded Lights and refurbishing steel windows. We keep large stocks of traditional glass and metal window components. Clifford Durant A.C.R. is an Accredited Glass restorer/conservator.