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Stained glass is surprisingly resistant to weather and structural stress, but in most cases will require maintenance every 100 years or so. This may be as simple as removal and replacement of old  cement from the lead channels but usually re-leading and re-soldering of joints is also needed, with replacement of any cracked glass. Where windows are situated in a more exposed position, or have other environmental stresses such as repeated jarring through opening and closing of a door, they may require earlier intervention. Larger panels require reinforcement to prevent sagging and cracks, and external protection may be required for more vulnerable or valuable windows.

Restoration work at Genesis Stained Glass follows the CVMA guidelines for conservation and restoration of stained glass and is carried out by Jayne Ford, who trained at Pugin, Hardman & Powell Studio, Birmingham


Panel from St. Mary’s, Hanwell undergoing restoration

Making a rubbing of the leadwork prior to restoration so it can be re-assembled accurately

For painted and stained glass, a minimal intervention approach is normally taken. Cracks are simply edge-bonded or stabilised using thin strips of lead or soldered foil and areas where paint has worn or chipped off can be cold-painted to obscure the damage.  

If pieces are missing or damage is extensive, a replica piece can be produced to closely match the original. A full record is made of the work and made available to the client if required. Sometimes the broken glass is replaced with plain unpainted antique glass (carefully chosen to avoid a discordant effect) so that the panel is 100% true to the original painting.

Minor damage can sometimes be repaired satisfactorily in situ without removing the window. However, In all cases the best result is obtained a when the panel is removed and repaired fully whilst flat on a workbench.  We will board up the window or install temporary glazing (meeting current safety regulations) whilst your panel is being restored.  

Broken glass replaced with glass  textured in the kiln to achieve a good match.

In our studio waste lead and glass is recycled, and where possible it is re-used in ongoing repair and restoration. In fact, since many glasses used in period stained glass is now obsolete, we keep most broken glass from restoration work because it can be used to in future projects. We are always on the look-out for stained glass salvage for this purpose, so if you have any unwanted stained glass, even if it is badly damaged, please contact us.

Restoration and Repairs