Restoring stained glass windows, we periodically encounter painted pieces of glass that are missing sections or damaged beyond repair. Our studio artists face many challenges.
First they must look through the paint and match the glass. Secondly, match the paint and firing technique. This may require several test firings. When satisfied that the colors and textures will match, the painting style and missing sections are replicated.
Every effort and all available resources should be used to preserve our society’s cultural property. That requires repairing or replicating an un-repairable piece of painted glass, and sometimes an entire window.
Naturalistic historic stained glass replication presents many of the same challenges mentioned above as well as learning different techniques of individual glass painters employed by numerous studios of the past.
Another situation for Replication:
This Congregation decided to erect a new Church on the same property as their school, where space was plentiful. The original stained glass windows were moved to the new location; new stained glass windows containing different symbolic medallions were fabricated to match the originals. (Original window pictured on left and replicated window pictured on right)
Example of replicated painted glass.
The original dove medallion from this window, that was approximately 100 years old, was cold painted (paint that is not kiln fired). The paint was so unstable, that the medallion was loosing significant details. The cold paint was flaking off and showing signs of deterioration. In an effort to preserve the original art work, this medallion was plated with clear glass and independently framed for the Church to display in an interior window. The medallion was replicated with vitreous (kiln fired) paint and installed into the original exterior location.