Pre-Conservation - As a new window frame, this was unusual for a church hall, but in being so, it presented an interesting design challenge. The intention was to somehow incorporate a set of Victorian tracery lights that had been removed from the church’s West window back in the 1980’s. Having the right amount of tracery lights to match the amount of new window sections dictated a certain symmetry for the new design.
As the original tracery lights were shaped in the gothic style, whilst the new window frames were very much of the day, a design of architectural styles was hit upon for the subject matter. The design was entitled ‘Fragments’ and consisted of a mix of the typical architectural window shapes found in churches. Different glass types and tints were used to emphasise these differences and a few of the small painted border details of the Victorian glass were copied into the new glazing.
FAMILY COAT OF ARMS
A client had researched his family background and had his family Coat of Arms drawn up by the Royal College of Arms. He came to us with the design and dimensions of a large piece of glass in his stair landing window.
THE PROCESS - We chose a grey-blue for the main colour which was acid-etched, painted, stained and enamelled to achieve the multi-coloured Arms all on 1 piece of glass. The addition of a decorative border was two-fold: 1) to provide protection for the inner painted glass, as it was going to be fixed into the wooden frame using nails and not with wooden beading and 2). to emphasise the design by putting it in a ‘frame’.
COPIES OF ANCIENT ROUNDELS
Our client had one original 16thC roundel which had been damaged in the past. He wanted to present his 3 children with a copy each and so it was our task to make 3 copies whilst in-filling the missing horizontal band across the middle. This was achieved by pure guess work as the client had no reference material of the complete design.