Author: geoffreybelliott

Another Example of the Work We Do

A lot of the work that we do–and that we’re doing now–is repair work. Stained glass is glass, after all, and any glass will break if it’s not handled the right way. A lot of people use stained glass for outside windows and doors, and anything that the wind and weather touch can find itself cracked and broken. Too, the way the panels of a stained glass window are joined is usually metal, and most metals have fun when the get to play in the rain.

One repair that we recently got done–and there are others in process and in our queue even now–was a hanging panel showing a Southwestern scene. When it got to us, it looked like this:

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Glass is supposed to show light through, but the refraction from the mountain in the background is a bad sign

As the picture makes clear, there was a fair bit of damage to the piece. Many of the individual pieces of glass were cracked, with some chunks outright missing, and there was damage to the joints between pieces that doesn’t show up well in the image. Complicating matters was something we run into fairly often; a lot of stained glass pieces that come to us are older works, well executed when they were made but using materials no longer available. Some of the glass in the panel can’t be found anymore–but we knew what to do!

Kevin started by carefully disassembling the piece, removing the cracked and broken bits of glass one sharp-edged shard at a time.

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This is during the removal; there are more shards to remove at this point, to be sure, and it’s careful work.

With the broken pieces removed, Kevin considered how best to proceed. As noted, some of the glass in the original is no longer available. We had some in stock from previous purchases, and for others, we were able to make close matches from our inventory. Some, though, we did not have on hand, and we didn’t have a close match for. What Kevin did to address that, then, was to replace more of the original glass with as close a match as was available, preserving the artistic unity and integrity of the piece. We and our client were happy with the results:

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Different, yes, but whole, and true to the original on the whole

Right now, we’re working on a door that desperately needs some attention, but we’re always happy to look at your needs and see what we can do for you! If you’re in the Texas Hill Country and you’ve got some stained glass that needs fixing, or if you think art glass would make a fine addition to your home, give us a call at 830-890-1509 or email us at hearts.desire.stained.glass@gmail.com!

A Recent Creation: July 2019

It’s been far too long since we’ve gotten anything posted here, but it’s not for lack of working. Indeed, we’ve been doing repair after repair, and we’ve gotten some custom jobs requested of us, too. One of them just recently left our table, a lovely little beehive panel with the client’s name suspended below:

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Like a number of our earlier pieces, the main panel is framed in lead came with a chain soldered into the piece to allow for stable hanging; the name-panel is constructed the same way. The main measures some 18 x 12″, with the name-panel approximately 14 x 4″, and every piece of it was hand-cut and hand-fitted into the panels pictured. The glass is the color you see; it’s not painted, nor is it colored plastic. It’s true stained glass, and it picks up the light like nothing else can.

Drop us a line at 1-830-890-1509, and we’ll be happy to talk with you about how we can make your stained glass (or clear art glass!) dreams come true!

A Recent Repair: 22 April 2018

Things have been proceeding a bit slowly for us at Heart’s Desire–but they have been going. In the past weeks, we’ve been working on a repair job–a door that had seen some problems. When it came to us, it looked like this:

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As is clear, several of the panels were badly cracked, with some needing to be patched with plastic to keep outside air and all kinds of little critters out. But we got the door and got to work, first sketching out what panels would need replacing–because the state of the glass in the cracked panels was such that fixing them wouldn’t have worked well:

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With that sketch ready, we pulled out the glass that could be saved, replaced what couldn’t, and put things together to know that we were doing what needed to be done:

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Soon enough, we had all the pieces back in place, the glass back in the door, and the door back to the people whose house it was–and it looked something like this:

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Now, the folks have a door to be proud of and an art-glass window on the world–and you can, too! Drop us a line at 1-830-890-1509, and we’ll be happy to talk with you about how we can make your stained glass (or clear art glass!) dreams come true!

An Upcoming Event

We just thought you’d like to know that we plan on seeing you at the Kerr County Fair, 27-29 October 2017. We’re hard at work getting materials together for the show; Kevin might have some kaleidoscopes ready (they’re pretty, but they’re intricate, too), and window-hangers will be there in plenty! There might also be some limited-edition word-art ready to hand…

More’s coming, too!