Thursday, 31 March 2011

Shop Windows

Over the last few months, I have been helping Alan Robinson of Ramoyle Glass with the removal, restoration and re-installation of a set of windows in what is now a dress shop in Callendar.

These premises were originally built a the turn of the 19th into the 20th century as a printers. It is now a shop called Desirables that sells timeless styles for women.

General view entrance

General view, left side of shop

These pictures show the interior view outwards. The largest window - in the corner - is approximately 1500mm wide. The all were in poor shape with lots of broken glass, especially the corner roundels. These had to be especially obtained for a good match to the existing few that remained whole.

Side window

Front right window

These show a couple of the windows in more detail. The flower forms use richly coloured handmade glass. The leaves are of rolled glass. The clear is a variety of textures of rolled glass also. Each window has a border of roundels in the corner and crackle glass along the sides.

This work was supported by the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Client Choice

I was called out to view the repairs needed for a door. Viewed from the outside, there were obvious breaks and a missing piece from the door panel. I was unable to get to the fanlight, but it probably needs work too.

From the inside, even more breaks in the lead could be seen. The whole panel is floppy and only a couple of tie wires are still attached. I explained that the whole should be removed, taken to the studio and completely releaded with replacement glass where required.

This seemed to be a shock. Questions were asked about whether the beading would have to be taken off to get the glass out, due to possible damage to recentness of the paint stripping. It remains with the client to decide on whether to replace the broken glass, or re-do the whole window.