Pretty Little Bird

Although we enjoy all the work that comes into the studio, this internal door panel was a joy to work on. When creating a new custom design we first start by drawing up the cartoon and then start the process of choosing the glass to complement the design. This little bird is a Tui, it’s a native New Zealand bird found in the forests and bush. It’s got a beautiful call that’s very reminiscent of holiday spots around the country. We look forward to seeing it installed and will update our pictures when it is installed.

Preserving History

Much of our work involves restoration. Lead often become brittle in doors and window especially when they are not fixed. This set of three only required one window to be restored. Here it is, good as new and back in situ. Lead lights require repairs and restoration over time, the investment is well worth the effort to preserve a piece of history.

Modern lines

This project was such fun to work on, much thanks to Andrew for allowing us to create your vision. Seeing modern look designs incorporated into homes is very exciting. Although we love to restore and preserve antique works, creating new designs and builds shows that this art form is not only a things of the past.

Polish and Repair

Things continue to be tricky as we navigate COVID restrictions and working in the studio. This small repair looks quite the contrasting now as we see the before and after image. When a panel still has sturdy lead we are able to replace broken glass and give this old beauty as polish and bring back the original shine. Much thanks to our client for trusting us with this repair.

Lighting Up Lockdown

This side light was a delight to work on. Custom drawn and made this panel, measuring 2020mm x 630mm, was made to in our studio and as you can see from the photo this was a larger than usual sidelight panel. This piece adds a touch of colour to it surrounds and was designed in consultation with our client. Its unique shell like flower surround was a specific request, Elizabeth our designer was more than happy to work towards this design.

Due to lockdowns our consultation process was done via FaceTime. Our client gave us their trust as we would normally consult in the studio, consulting via FaceTime was bit of a challenge, but we got there in the end.

Creating a new build such as this requires much consultation and planning. This sidelight was made with three reinforcing bars so it will be self supported and will stand tall lighting the space for many years to come. Much thanks to our client for inviting us into your space and choosing us to create this Ageless design.

“The eyes are the windows to your Home”

It is a big decision to invest in house restorations, but seeing the results can be very satisfying. Restoring old properties often goes hand in hand with Leadlight restorations too. Much thanks to our client for this picture below of the four restored sash windows we were lucky to be part of. As is said the eyes are the window to the soul, so too are the windows of our homes.

This before and after picture below shows the transformation, and the end results of a restoration. Antique leadlights have beautiful glass, unfortunately after years of wear the lead needs replacing.

Replacing lead is not the only step in restoration. First the glass needs to be cleaned, a new pattern drawn and glass to be replaced is cut out before construction.

Once we have the panel re leaded, a final putty and polish finishes the job.

Much thanks to out clients for trusting us to bring these panels back to life.

“Flower Power”

This powerful duet ‘Flower Power’, affectionately named by my 5 year old daughter, is bound to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Made to match existing leadlights in our clients home, this set completes the highlight windows in the main living space of this home. As is a challenge in restoring old leadlights, so is making panels to match an exisiting design. Spending time with our client we sorted though samples to match the colours and shades so these flowers could nestle in nicely into their new home.

We look forward to seeing them installed and will update pictures very soon.

Classic Window Box

Dispute the difficult past 18 months, with all of our classes in the studio stopped due to Covid, we have been very grateful of the many commission coming into the workshop. One of which was this lovely classic window box, these sash windows add charm and character to the view. This windows were restored to match the original design so to keep with the historical features if this home. Even in the midst of troubles, a good leadlight can put a smile on your face. Well at least it does for us here at Ageless 🙂

Before and After

There are many steps to restoring old panels. To see good results, first we need to dis- assemble and clean the glass and colour match where possible. This porthole was completely re-leaded and then soldered. The final polish makes all the difference and as you can see from the picture is was worth all the work. It was our final installation for 2020. Many more to come in the weeks ahead.