A: The simplest projects can be done with the investment of a few hundred dollars of tools and supplies and are usually successful. However, I have seen many of these attempted projects go seriously wrong. Personal safety, hygiene, work space and living space contamination are some of the most serious and costly problems. Proper preparation for a project includes research, planning, work space preparation, materials, tools and costs. The most successful outcome usually involves taking a class and doing the project at a legitimate stained glass studio.
As part of the class, they will usually have all the tooling and supplies needed, the workspace will be well organized and clean and you will have all the help you need. You will have saved the expense of purchasing tools and materials and providing proper workspace and storage. And should you decide to go on to another project, you will have a better understanding of what is needed and the costs.
A: The simplest answer-DON’T! Take the window to a studio and get some advice. The proper cleaning and restoration of these beauties usually involves properly handling and disposing of some rather hazardous materials and waste.
a) I am constantly asked questions concerning lead and how to handle it: In general, you want to limit your exposure and keep it as low as possible. Volumes have been written on this matter with all kinds of technical language. There are a few simple rules: THINK, CLEANLINESS, proper disposal of waste, never ever grind or sand anything containing lead including old paint, never breathe lead bearing flumes and never use antique lead eating utensils.
b) For lead paint, these two links are informative-copy and paste.
A: : The restoration process returns an item to nearly its original condition while a repaired item may show noticeable differences. Almost all restoration processes produce “Display Only” results whereas many repair processes produce usable results. Most restorations are much more expensive than repairs. I am frequently asked to repair a failed restoration
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