Repair of Damaged Lamp
Here is a sequence of pictures I took to a severely damaged lamp sent to me for repair from Yorkshire.
The top two pictures were sent by the customer so an assessment of the damage could be made for a possible repair, the lamp was then sent to me.
The next stage I marked out all the broken pieces of glass and ease out the dent back to its original shape, this enable templates to be drawn up to the broken glass, from there the glass was then matched up in colour and texture.
Next step I dismantled all the broken glass after which, all the new pieces I had cut to the templates also taking care removing the glass from the dragonfly filigree.
The final stage I re-build the lamp. I then copper foiled each individual piece into place then I soldered together leaving a nice smooth solder beam.
I used a patina solution to stain the colouring of the solder and finally I gave the lamp a good clean and polish up.
When my Tiffany lamp fell from a 5ft shelf onto the hearth I thought the damage was irreparable. The shade was misshapen and several panels of glass shattered.
We went to the shop where the lamp was purchased and received very little help and no pointers whatsoever, I thought that we’d have to replace the entire lamp. After a quick internet search I found Witney Stained Glass and promptly got in touch.
Now the lamp has been returned in perfect condition I realise how wrong I was. I’m very glad I was able to keep the lamp that was a present several Christmases ago as it was a lovely item in an otherwise plain living room.
The repaired lamp has little evidence of its tribulations!!
Neil was very helpful and kept in touch to update us as to the progress he was making as the glass was matched and the dragonflies replaced.
When the lamp returned I felt that we had received the best service and excellent price we could have hoped for.
Thanks for all your help and a job well done.
(Ailsa Cummins – Yorkshire)