Welcome to Heart’s Desire Stained Glass!

It’s been a while, to be sure.

Heart’s Desire started making artisanal stained glass in the Texas Hill Country in the first decade of the millennium–and we’re back, and better than ever!

We’ll keep stuff coming, of course, but for now and always, welcome! And, if you could:

Come on back and see us!

Some Reminders

We’ve not got any new work to show you this week (apologies!), but we figured a few reminders might be in order:

We’ll look forward to having more work to show you in the weeks ahead!

A Simple Kitchen Window

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The Frey Repair: Getting Started

Projects just keep coming our way!

The most recent one to start with us is coming to us from Eldorado, Texas, a small city in the western Hill Country. Now, as folks who’ve lived in the area can tell you, we may not get a lot of rain in our part of the world, but when it does come, it’s like to come in abundance–and with company, namely hail. In Kerrville, we’ve had hailstorms that left the town coated in little ice pellets, standing a foot deep in some places, and many’re the folks who’ve had close encounters with quarter-sized chunks of ice coming from the sky. (It ain’t comfortable.) As might be imagined, such storms–and we’re always glad of rain–wreak havoc on windows, including such stained glass pieces as our soon-to-start project, the Frey Repair.

It’s clear even from these photos that there’s work to do; several panes need replacing, including one that seems to’ve had a hole punched clean through it by a particularly ornery hailstone, and there might be more to find once we get a good look at it in our shop. The window needs a good cleaning, too–but between getting that and the repair, when we get it back to the client, it’ll be a glorious little bit returned to another Hill Country town!

We’d love to hear from you. Please, give us a call at 830-890-1509, or message us via our “Contacts” page or the form below to see what all we can do for you!

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The Neubauer Reconstruction: Getting Started

We do a lot of repairs to existing stained glass work, as we’ve shown in such pieces as the Cassidy Door and the Carpenter Beck Door. Less often, but no less happily, we take on work like the Smith Panel Combination, where we reconfigure existing glass into new designs. Sometimes, though, we get a project that involves a bit of both–like the Neubauer Reconstruction.

What had happened with this piece is that, while it was decently constructed–the outside edges are of sturdy zinc came, and there is some reinforcement in the piece–it was removed and moved, and handled badly amid that move. It’s not the first time we’ve encountered such a piece; we got one in one time that had been stepped on. But it’s always a shame to see it happen–especially with so vibrant a piece, and one that clearly was made with some attention to detail. Note how the streaks in the “water” largely align, suggesting the flow behind the koi; it’s not bad work at all, though it was treated badly later on.

We would, of course, be happy to restore this piece to its original glory; it’s the kind of thing in which we delight, not least when working with such a vivid piece as this one. But the client wants something a little different; what we’ll be doing is reconfiguring the rectangular panel into an oval hanger, preserving the koi and the oyster and as much of the scene as can remain while framing the two in as an oval. And, instead of the zinc came with the soldered-on hanging points–they show up in the first picture of the obverse–we’ll be framing the oval in H-shaped lead came. The glass will fit into the inside; double-jack chain will be fitted and secured into the outside, allowing for a more even distribution of the hanger’s weight within its structure and facilitating its display in most any window.

We’re happy to do this kind of work for you, too; if you’ve got some you’d like attended to, let us know below!

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The Perry Panel: Detailed Assessment

Having finished up the Turner Transom and having worked through the Carpenter Beck Door, we were pleased to get back to work on the Perry Panel, taking the next step in our work on it. In this case, we did a fuller inspection of the panel than we were able to amid the other works, finding there was a lot more to do than we’d originally thought–dozens of breaks, in fact.

It’s not a surprise, admittedly. We were told that the panel came from a movie set, and shooting takes a toll on everything that connects to it. Too, it’s been a while, and age, unfortunately, affects us all. Further, the whole piece is in the Tiffany style, and while that allows for beautifully detailed work, it doesn’t always come with the best stability and endurance. Pieces move and shift, and the stresses of doing so sometimes break the glass. Fortunately, though, we know just what to do and how to do it–and we’ll let you know some more about that next time!

Got some glass that needs some fixing? Give us a call at 830-890-1509, or message us via our “Contacts” page or through the form below to see what all we can do for you!

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The Carpenter Beck Door: Finale

In the time since the previous update on the Carpenter Beck Door glass was written, the panel’s been completed, picked up, and installed. We think it looks pretty good in its new home!

We’re confident that the panel will stand up to the use a front door can expect to have, and for a good long time. And that’s good, because we guarantee our work against manufacturing defects for the life of the work. Putting a football or the like through the panel isn’t covered, but an awful lot is.

Next, we’ll be returning to the Perry Panel, which has been waiting patiently for attention–but good things come to those who wait! In the meantime, if you’ve got a project you’d like us to do, read up on our new-project process here, and then reach out to us at 830-890-1509, through our Contact page, or via the form below; we’d love to work with you!

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The Carpenter Beck Door: We’ve Done a Bit

We’ve continued to be busily at work on the Carpenter Beck Door Panel, bringing it along a fair way. We’re quite pleased with how things turned out, and we’re confident that not only the client, but the client’s successors, will be too–because we (re)built this thing to last!

The came is repaired; see how much neater that solder work is? Photo by Kevin Elliott.

We got the old joints repaired that needed repaired, and the whole window has been reputtied. The individual pieces of glass will now stay where they are in the came, forming an airtight panel that will keep out the winds that blow in when the Hill Country gets some of the rain it always seems to need. And to help keep things from moving out of joint again, we’ve added reinforcing rods along the middle three uprights, as well as at the major horizontals, binding them to the back of the came so that the light shining in will hide them–and they can keep the panel from moving in ways it shouldn’t when the door swings open and closed.

We’re not done, of course. As of this writing, the panel is yet to be picked up and installed by the contractor with whom we’re working. Too, there are always more projects coming, and we’ll be building up inventory to start heading out to craft shows again as time and circumstances permit, doing things such as are featured here. In the meantime, if you’ve got a project you’d like us to do, read up on our new-project process here, and then reach out to us at 830-890-1509, through our Contact page, or via the form below; we’d love to work with you!

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The Carpenter Beck Door: A More Detailed Examination

Last week, we noted having gotten started on the Carpenter Beck Door, thanks to a contractor reaching out to us to help with a client’s remodel. In the time since getting the post written, we’ve gotten the panel out of the door and gotten it laid out on our working table, where we’ve been able to take a good, long look at it and see what all needs to be done with it.

The visual design of the panel is a relatively simple one, being largely block geometric shapes. It’s a strong design, striking in the contrasts of red and blue against the clear, warmed by the central ambers; it’s a good window to work with. But it’s in need of a fair bit of work on the came. Some two dozen joints, indicated by numbers and arrows on the window (they’ll be removed as the repairs are effected, and the window will be cleaned well before we return it to the contractor and the client), are in need of repair. The soldering that connects the came has come loose, probably as a result of hard use on the door and exposure to the weather.

To fix it, we’ll have to remove the old soldering and replace it. Some of that might involve pulling apart some of the came; it happens, sometimes, but it’s not always the kind of thing that can be predicted. And then we’ll proceed with the rest of the work we need to do: repairing the breaks, re-puttying the whole panel, and reinforcing it inside and out. When it’s done, it’ll be a beautiful window that will stand up to the rigors of use for years to come!

Got a project you’d like us to do? Read up on our new-project process here, and then reach out to us at 830-890-1509, through our Contact page, or via the form below; we’d love to hear from you!

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The Carpenter Beck Door: Getting Started

Well before the Ides of March, a contractor reached out to us to set up a working relationship. We were happy to accept it, and we were happy to get a job from that contractor, one we’re calling the Carpenter Beck Door. What’s happening with it is that there’s a remodel going on of the client’s home, and the door needs some work. Some of that work will be done by another group; the door itself is going to be refinished, and while we’ve got a solid hand with woodworking, we’re not carpenters. But what we will be doing is attending to the large glass panel in the door.

The overall view of how it is to start with; photo from the contractor.

Fortunately, there’s not any broken glass in the panel (so far as we know). That means we won’t have to track down matching glass, which is a helpful thing (but if some is broken, we’ll address it, of course). What we will have to do is address a number of breaks in the came–the lead strips that hold the glass panels in place–and the putty, as the adhesive holding the glass securely in the came is degraded or, in some places, absent.

What we plan to do is take the panel out of the door; it will help us work on the glass and such while letting the woodworkers do their bit–and not have to worry about the glass as they do. We’ll replace the came that needs replacing and re-putty the whole panel; if some of the putty is going, the rest is likely not far behind, and it will be good to have it all renewed, in any event. Because the door will still be an exterior door, we’ll be adding reinforcement on the inside, giving the panel additional stability, and we’ll be installing Lexan on the outside to further weatherproof the panel. We try to build our glass to last!

If you’ve got a door in need of some attention, we’d be happy to help. Please, give us a call at 830-890-1509, or message us via our “Contacts” page or the form below to see what all we can do for you!

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The Turner Transom: Finale

Just about the time the last comments about the Turner Transom found their way out into the world, the snag resolved itself. The parts came in that we needed, the glass got cut–and it didn’t break–and we were able to get the piece assembled on the table.

On the table, as noted; photo by Kevin Elliott

Of course, stained glass isn’t really meant to be viewed as a flat piece, but instead to have light shining through it…

That’s more like it; photo by Kevin Elliott

In the event, the 36 x 12 inch piece, constructed in came throughout for the best possible strength, is leaving us. The client is taking care of installation, so we’ve got to say goodbye to it, sending a little bit more of our work out into the world for others to enjoy. But we’re sure they will enjoy it who see it, and we hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing our progress in making it!

This won’t be the last piece we do, of course. We’ve still got the Perry Panel to work with, and we’re about to start a couple of exciting new projects. As ever, we’ll keep you posted about our progress on them–and if you’d like your own piece to be among those projects, drop us a line! We’re happy to hear from you via our “Contacts” page, by phone at 830-890-1509, or by way of the form below!

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