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In historic restoration the goal is to retain the original glass. With the introduction of modern materials and techniques, repairing cracked or broken glass has evolved to the point where repairs are almost invisible even under close inspection. Besides copper foil repair, it is possible to edge-glue cracked glass, restoring the aesthetic beauty of the original window.
In addition, an important attribute of modern restoration is reversibility. Repairs are made that can be undone sometime in the future without damaging the original glass.
Before and after conservation using Hxtal Epoxy tinted with Oresol pigments and artist paints
detail “Scott Baldwin Mausoleum” Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, MA
Before and after conservation using Hxtal Epoxy tinted with Oresol pigments
(detail “The Second Coming” by Nicola D’Ascenzo - Princeton University)
Before and after conservation of Tiffany window using Hxtal Epoxy tinted with Oresol pigments
West Parish Cemetery Chapel - Andover, MA
Detail of copper foil repair during restoration of the Bigelow Chapel Chancel Window, Mt. Auburn Cemetery - Cambridge, MA
Window designed by Ballantine & Allen - Edinburgh 1845 (Click here for complete article on Chancel window restoration)
Repairing and conserving damaged glass