Stained glass windows are not a high technology production
but are manufactured by hand at every stage of the process.
Hand rolled glass has, by its very nature, many imperfections
even when newly manufactured. These imperfections add to its
character and verify its authenticity and are what makes it
special. There are often ridges and irregularities
in the glass. Lumps bumps color variations,air bubbles,mis
shapes and valleys, all adding to the attraction of the piece.
Glass does not deteriorate with age like other materials
although the surface can become ingrained with dirt nicotine
or other chemicals from an industrial environment.
Our restorers give a large amount of attention to cleaning
as part of the process of preparation before we offer an item
for sale; a specialist polishing process is then applied to
return both the glass and the lead came's to their original
lustrous condition. Where it has been necessary to remove the
window from its original frame, as often is the case, the outside
edge came's will often be damaged and are then renewed
completely. If undue deterioration of the lead came's has occurred
then the window is completely re leaded. The result is
an beautiful antique which you will be proud to own.
Often pieces of glass making up pattern repetitions are cut
from slightly different looking pieces of glass. Two pieces
of glass cut from the same sheet could often be significantly
different in color and texture. In addition to variations
in manufacture it is quite common for repairs to have been
made during the long life of a window these may or may not
be apparent on inspection depending on the the skill of the
repairer and the availability of identical glass. Badly executed
repairs are rectified by our restorer before being offered
On removal from their final resting place as they are replaced
during renovation breakage's often occur, these are always
repaired using matching glass before being put up for sale.
They are carried out by our professional restorers before being
photographed and placed on our web site.
Some bowing of
the glass due to shrinkage of the frame is a not uncommon
occurrence. If this is more than minimal the window is re leaded
an polished as previously stated.
Original frames are normally covered
with a number of layers of old paint. Loose and flaking paint
is removed from the frames but they are not stripped. Many
of our customers prefer to purchase windows still in their
original frames and carry out their own renovation. The glass
an lead came's must be in good condition before we sell them
when the old frames are retained.
When the original frames are not re used we install the window
in a pine shipping frame with mitered and screwed corners.
Although intended primarily for securing the glass during shipping
many of our customers find the frame profile and the workmanship
acceptable enough to use as they are, for hanging, or structurally
in internal walls. If ,however, you would prefer a carpenter
made hardwood frame we can arrange this for a small extra cost.
Easyboo has a growing number of repeat customers who are
more than happy with what they have purchased. We would like
you to join their numbers.