Honouring the artists before me.
Once a stained glass panel reaches it’s 100th birthday, the lead gets tired and it’s weakness causes the panel to sag and break from the weight of the glass. Rebuilding the panel is a dirty and time-consuming job…not one that many people choose to take on.
Old, broken and filthy glass was removed from an area century home. Family members asked me to make a surprise anniversary gift for their parents from the boxes of broken windows that were removed from their family home.
Step 1. Taking apart and cleaning years of grime, paint spatter and caulking from the glass.
Step 2. Design a new pattern…one limited by the size of the glass that was available. I did not introduce any new glass to this project.
Step 3. Rebuild.
Step 4. Enjoy the panel for another 100 years! Perhaps someone will honour my work and remake the panel when it needs requires a rebuild. We can only hope.
Did I enjoy working on this project? I certainly did!
Janet will be in the gallery next on August 17th.