|First Christian Church
|The Rebuild Process
All pieces are numbered and photographed.
(Click on images for enlarged view)
|Close up views of damage. Reinforcing
support wires had separated from lead
came. Damaged pieces were roughly
puttied to keep them from falling out.
|Pattern rubbings were taken of
each section as they were
removed from the wooden frame.
The lead came was cut and each
piece was removed.
|Set on a new pattern made from the
rubbing of the original window, the
pieces are reassembled one at a time
with all new lead came. All broken
pieces are replaced with new glass.
|All the lead joints are soldered, then the entire
window is flipped over and the joints are
soldered again on the opposite side. Next putty
is worked into the gaps between the lead came
and the glass pieces. This makes the window
weather proof and adds additional strength.
|Whiting (calcium carbonate) is spread over the window and
worked into the putty to help it harden. This cleans and
buffs the window at the same time. Wire ties are soldered
into joints where they line up with reinforcing rebar then the
window section is secured back in its wooden frame.