Leaded panels, often referred to as ‘leaded lights’ when in a window, are probably the first thing that springs to mind when stained glass is mentioned. In some ways, rightly so, as the practice of creating a window in different coloured pieces of glass is thought to be at least 1,000 years old.
Over time however, the lead deteriorates and cracks and for various reasons pieces of glass are broken. These panels can sometimes be repaired ‘in situ’ but will often need to be removed and completely rebuilt to restore them to their original glory.
The following pictures show a restoration on a window panel that is thought to be Edwardian, so at the time of writing, about 90-
The original panel
All the old lead removed but still with broken glass
New glass cut and positioned
Fully soldered, ready for the cement
A recent repair
This was one piece
This had broken off the end
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