Leadlight & Stained Glass Repairs, Perth

Anything created in glass is particularly fragile. One must live with the fact that in case of an accident or a natural disaster, like an earthquake or severe storm, things made of glass will be the first to shatter. But having said that, leadlghts and stained glass are also one of the most beautiful things you can have in your home – especially if it is a period home. Nowadays, modern homes too are going for this kind of interior decoration as a contemporary building enhancement.

Knowing how to repair and restore damaged leadlights are as important as knowing how to create them. This is a valued service that Tradition Stained Glass provides its clients.

Leadlight architecture, although still used for ecclesiastical purposes in Churches and Cathedrals, has become more commercialized and diverse. Repair and restoration of leadlights are quite an involved process and require significant time, patience and expertise.

First, and most important of all, is to keep and collect all the bits of damaged or broken glass, if possible. If you have pictures of the piece before it was damaged, even better – as this will allow the artisans to repair the damage and keep it as close to the original as possible.

There are many ways of repairing leadlights, depending on the severity of the damage. They can be puttied together, glazed or re-soldered. Usually, if significant damage is seen, leadlights are puttied together. This needs to be done with great care as it is quite easy to crack or break the glass while puttying. The excess putty is generally removed by using a brush along the leads. When the pieces of glass have been puttied together satisfactorily, a blade is used to carefully run around the edges to remove the excess putty.

Casting plaster is then liberally sprinkled over the leadlight using a dry scrubbing brush. Scrubbing also helps the putty to set quickly. A final run around the edges with the picker makes sure that the putty has set in perfectly. All excess powder is then brushed off and gently vacuumed.

The piece is then set aside for three days to allow the putty to harden ad set firmly. Total curing time for the putty can be anywhere from 8 -10 weeks. The side of the textured glass can be a little harder to clean. Often, placing a very light coloured cloth beneath the textured design can help to highlight the areas which need extra attention.

It is important to remember that both sides of a leadlight must be puttied unless it is a mirror.

It is important to remember that both sides of a leadlight must be puttied unless it is a mirror.

Restoring old or broken leadlights can be easy or difficult depending on the nature of the damage. Some can be re puttied or glazed but other more complex restoration jobs may require expertise and thorough knowledge. Tradition Stained Glass can repair and restore most damages to leadlights. For enquiries, please give us a call on (08) 9430 4707

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