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September 6, 2009

Beach Salvage Stained Glass Panel

Stained Glass Sunday: I found this piece of glass just lying on Venice Beach. It looked like a reject from a rental home where no one cared for it. It may have come from a transom, or a cabinet door. In fact, I thought someone had painted each panel to add some color to the piece.

I took it home to Utah one Thanksgiving weekend, deconstructed it and repaired it fully. In one weekend, this looked like a completely different project!

To keep the integrity of the original project, I only wanted to replace those couple pieces that were broken. So, once disassembled, I had to figure out how to remove the "paint" that had been applied. To my surprise, I found that it was simply crayon! I dipped each piece of glass in boiling water, and the wax came right off. I was then able to match the broken glass to textures already in my stock. Though the original project was leaded, I chose to use copper foil, with zinc came framing.

This ended up being a beautiful Christmas present for my good friend Shannon in SLC. I just saw her, and she told me she still enjoys this in her home to this day, and gets compliments from visitors on it. I'm so glad it's appreciated.

Isn't this transformation amazing? Leave me a comment on the blog with your reaction.


  1. What an incredible find. And what an amazing transformation!


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