Posts in Restoration
Restoration work at Elim Pentecostal Church, Aberdeen

Morning Glass Designs recently completed the stained glass restoration and installation of 6 new windows at Elim Pentecostal Church. The Lottery funded repairs involved the cleaning and renovation of the circular and lancets at the front of the church, the construction of 13 new lancets at the rear and the restoration of the zinc-framed tracery panels at the head of the lancets.

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RestorationGordon Watt
Spring is springing...

Work is slowly starting to pick up, as the days lengthen and the prospect of outside repairs is less daunting. We have been fairly steady in the studio over the winter, working on a number of smaller repairs and restoration projects.

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RestorationGordon Watt
Elim Pentecostal Church, Aberdeen

Morning Glass Designs has been chosen as the specialist Stained Glass contractor for restoration work at Elim Pentecostal Church, Aberdeen. Work on restoring 5 lancet windows, including almost 150q ft of new glazing and restoration of tracery in timber frames, will commence in April.

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RestorationGordon Watt
Restored Landing Light, Huntly

The in-situ repairs we carried out on this large Victorian geometric panels were tricky because of access, and the corroded state of the lead. Located on the third floor landing of the old Strathbogie Hotel in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, access was only possible from the inside. The upper 2/3 of the panel were in good condition, but the lower part of the timber frame had rotted and, as a consequence, there had been a bit more movement in the lower panel.

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RestorationGordon Watt
Restored Vestibule Door, Whitehouse, Aberdeenshire.

The wing of the house in which the door is located was destroyed by fire in the 1930's, and subsequently rebuilt. I suspect this window is a remake of an original, because the leading varies slightly from another, clearly older panel with a similar design. When it was remade, 3/16" lead was used and, as a result, the panel had simply stretched over the years.

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RestorationGordon Watt
Restored Door panel, Aberdeen

These relatively simple-looking panels caused me all sorts of grief in the studio. First of all, despite their handmade glass and small flemish quarries typical of neighbouring properties, they had steel-cored lead all through them. The main difficulty, however, was that the handmade coloured glass ovals were extremely variable in thickness, being almost 10mm thick in some sections. In the end, I had to split wide heart lead around the widest sections, ensuring the original chipped borders were covered to hide any distracting conchoidal fractured edges.

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RestorationGordon Watt
Restored Victorian Stairway Panel, Portsoy

Almost all the original tie wires had failed on this stairway panel and, as a result, the window had buckled in the frame and cracked several sections of glass at the base (including two painted squares). Removal (and reinstallation was made slightly awkward by the size of the lowermost panel (approximately 4ft x 5ft).

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