If the window is dirty, clean it before continuing the examination. Wash it with a solution of warm water and a neutral-pH soap.
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Apply it with a soft rag. Do not use a commercial window cleaner on leaded glass because these solutions usually contain ammonia, which can cause a chemical reaction with the cames or filler compound. Since the cames form the skeletal structure of the window, it is important to examine them carefully and assess their condition. Lead or zinc that is still in good condition should have a uniform gray color. A white powder coating on the surface indicates that the metal has oxidized and has reached the end of its life.
Another way to test the vitality of the metal is by bending flanges covering the edges of the glass. Metal that cracks or breaks should be replaced.
Repairing or replacing came is a job for an experienced professional. Sometimes the came is in good condition but the filler cement may have dried and fallen out over the years. This will leave a noticeable gap between the came flanges and the glass. Recementing sections of a leaded-glass window is within the skill level of the average do-it-yourselfer.
You can use a good quality glazing compound for this, but it should be tinted to match the color of the came. Mix a little lamp black available at home centers as a masonry pigment into the compound, and knead it to distribute the color and achieve a malleable consistency. Use your fingers to push the compound into the gaps around the glass and came. Push toward the came and not against the glass.
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Scrape the excess compound with a sharp stick, like a pointed dowel. Finish the job by cleaning away all residue and smears with a clean, dry cloth. Even if your leaded-glass window is in good condition, you may want to safeguard it by installing a protective window on the outside. This storm window can shield the leaded window from vandalism or flying debris, like a broken tree limb. Install the window on the outside of the existing frame.
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The quote I have on my window is "Life is a book unwritten. Only your hold the key. My husband of 22 years walked out in January. So my future is completely unwritten, right down to my health insurance and the financial part of my livelihood. Oh and my kids? Well, two of them have taken his side, and one is on mine, so the relationship I have with my kids at this time?
Yeah, he controls that as well. How about my job?
Oh, right, he so graciously signed over complete ownership of my business, since it was MY business anyway, so I'm good there. How about the loneliness that I feel? We all WANT to feel like we are all alone in this world, doing life on our own. Instead, we have control of what we do with what is given to us, by whomever. So I am choosing how to utilize what I have been given.
I choose to use my job to create happiness in other people.
I choose to utilize the material resources I have to help other people. I choose to use the people I come into contact with on a daily basis to brighten their day and make sure they feel worthwhile. I honestly believe that what some could deem bad or negative, can be used to spread happiness and compassion into a world that could otherwise be negative.
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