In early March we had our last beginner copper-foiling stained glass workshop before lockdown began. It feels like a lifetime ago.
The couple did fantastic and made a pair of coordinated glass stars in shades of blue and green.
Last year I had the honour to restore this door panel for a home in Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders.
It has been restored at least twice previously, with plain glass inserted for the repairs.
The owner requested that I repair the broken pieces as well as switching out some of the previously added glass that didn't match with the rest of the panel. Luckily I had some textured antique glass recycled from an old door that was a closer match to the original.
Then the hard work began - I had to strip off the disintegrating external lead came and replace this with fresh lead. It was in too bad a condition to reuse due to years of neglect and damage from repainting and varnishing the surrounding door. I had to replace and reinforce the horizontal lead lines using brass bars for added strength.
The lead was soldered, with new cement and whitening applied. The panel was then cleaned and finished with black patina added to the lead lines and grate polish to give it a lovely black finish.
New stock added to our display in Why Not? in Galashiels.
Thank you so much to all of the key-workers out there keeping us safe, keeping us fed and keeping everything else in-between running.
You are all utterly inspirational and the definition of true superheroes.
Harry Potter inspired Winged Key with rainbow glass wings £24 each.
We have a small range of our handcrafted winged keys in different colours in Why Not in Galashiels. Alternatively they can be made to order in either the rainbow colours or colours of your choice. Can be delivered locally or posted to you free of charge.
Bespoke sunflower stepping stones safely delivered to their new home.
This lovely customer has previously ordered other stepping stones in the past, including a sunflower for her sister for Christmas. She loved it that much, she decided to commission me to design and make another 2 more stones for her to keep this time!
Stained glass mosaic on solid granite slab, suitable for all weather conditions and although decorative can be stepped on! Ideal for birthdays/gifts, to add some art to your garden or to for commemorative art for lost loved ones and pets.
They are £45 each and I offer a free bespoke design service.
Our gift-vouchers do not have an expiry date, and can be redeemed against any of our workshops or handcrafted goods sold in our studio once it is safe and we are able to re-open to the public 💕
Art at Ancrum - showcasing artists, designers and crafters from across the Scottish Borders from Saturday 2nd May - Monday 4th May.
Unfortunately this fantastic event has had to be cancelled due to Covid-19.
A lovely message from the creators of the wine - "Thank you to Harestanes Glass Studio in Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. What a great way to upcycle our bottles and turn them into beautiful gifts."