Large etched Victorian front door
A complex jigsaw of broken glass shards had to be re-assembled before a copy could be made of this beautiful Victorian plate glass door.
Another presentation of a tub of broken pieces of glass.
A 5′ x 2.5′ plate glass window, deeply etched with a complex Victorian design, had been caught by the wind during house renovations, and had smashed into hundreds of pieces.
All of the other doors in the terrace had been replaced over the years. Fortunately, one other original door survived intact. I was able to take a rubbing of the patternwork, then make up the jigsaw of pieces to make sense of the problem before me.
Deep grooved etching in a industrial sand blast machine, followed by detailed enamel and kiln work, to finally produce an exact replica of the broken door.
The long time-frame was due to the crazy jigsaw of shards which I was presented with, the overall size of the door, the time taken to draw and cut all of the shapes by hand, and the availability of a commercial sand-blast machine that was big enough to take the glass. It was done in between other projects, so the time frame is not representative of the actual hours spent. It was worth taking the time to get it right, and to problem solve all the techniques involved. The clients were delighted.