Reflection Studios takes great pride in carrying forward the knowledge, techniques, and discipline for mastery of our craft. And, in significant ways, we are recognized for improving the quality of this work.

The Restoration Process

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    Step 1: Condition Assessment
    The restoration process begins with an analysis of a window’s condition. In many cases, these windows have deteriorated to an alarming degree, creating an eyesore and a liability for their owners.
  • Step 2: Documentation
    Following a general analysis and condition report, the real work of restoration begins with 'documentation', and it continues throughout the restoration process. It is essential for both the Studio and the Client to have a baseline from which to gauge the accuracy of the ensuing preservation. It is equally important for future restorers to have an accurate and detailed account of what was done during our stewardship.
  • Step 3: Removal
    The removal of historic leaded glass is never a trivial process. Not only is access a challenge but the material being removed is typically in such fragile condition that it can often disintegrate as soon as you begin to handle it. This was the case for these 17' long panels in the Garden Court, Sheraton Palace Hotel.
  • Step 4: Dismantle
    Under even the most rigorous of conservation mandates, we are not always able to preserve all of the glass. Sometimes it's just not there, as in the case of this and other vandalized windows from St Francis De Salles Cathedral.
  • Step 5: Rebuild
    The assembly of fine leaded glass is akin to jewelry making. Each gem-like piece is set into a precisely cut and shaped length of lead came. The joints where the leads meet are soldered, and the gaps between glass and lead are grouted with putty. This putty provides both strength and weatherproofing.
  • Step 6: Reinstallation
    Installation is usually easier than removal, as the restored window is stable and structurally sound. However, instead of installing one sheet of ordinary plate glass, we are often setting panels composed of a myriad of irreplaceable pieces, each one unique as a snowflake.