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Visit our web site at www.churchwindows.net. I can answer questions about restoration and repair of stained glass windows and their surrounds. I can, also, answer technical questions regarding matching old glass, glass painting (kiln-fired), waterproofing panels (cementing), re-inforcing, removal, and installation. I can not answer questions on glass casting, Dalle de Verre, or glass blowing.

Experience in the area

I have owned and operated Full Spectrum Stained Glass, Inc. since 1988. (www.churchwindows.net)

Organizations
The Stained Glass Association of America, The American Glass Guild, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan

Organizations

The Stained Glass Association of America, The American Glass Guild, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan

What do you like about this subject?

What I like about stained glass is the versatility: The changes in appearance as the light changes; The many different styles and techniques; And the fact that every day I am allowed to either help preserve history, through restoration, or, create history with new stained glass windows.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Stained glass, much like life, is a continual learning experience. Each job that our studio works on presents new challenges and situations. I hope to continue to learn new and better techniques and ideas every day. I hope to continually improve the way that our studio functions. I hope I always love my job!

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Recent Answers from Valerie McCartney

2016-05-20 Venting double glazed protection:

Hello Joanna,    Please accept my apology for the delay in answering your question, I have been working out of town.    I understand your concern. There are a few things I will need to know prior to providing

2014-01-24 Restore old window:

Dear Carol,  There are books you can purchase from the Stained Glass Association of America on restoring a stained glass window. My guess is that yes, you will need to take the window out.   For necessary

2013-02-21 Re: leadlight windows:

Dear Heather,    It is not recommended to waterproof a leaded panel in situ. However, it sounds as though you have a real mess on your hands. If you would e-mail me at fssgi@aol.com, I will look into a

2013-02-15 Cleaning and determination of origin/date:

Dear Steve,    After looking at the photographs, the panel does not appear to be painted. This will be a good thing due to the 'sticky residue'. You can try nail polish remover or mineral spirits to cut

2013-01-16 Vents in stained glass windows:

Dear Nonie,    We have restored many stained glass windows with operable ventilators incorporated into the design. We have also designed, fabricated and installed new stained glass windows with them. There

 

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