Restoring faded painted images

Showing how eroded paint may be recovered by painting on thin back-plating, restoring the lost painted details which have been eroded over the centuries. The erosion is mainly caused by the presence of condensation moisture which deposits acidic pollutants which penetrate any weakly fired painting.

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Made in 1996, the Bill Watkins Memorial Window at St Andrew’s Church, Timsbury, Hampshire,  was badly damaged when an electrical fire gutted the West part of the church in 2015. As I had made the window and had the original cartoon and cut-lines I was approached by  the parish and asked to  do the  reconstruction.

It was  a complex task taking several months. Some glass was undamaged, some  crazed by heat but I decided those pieces could be saved using special resin glues specifically designed for glass repair. Some areas needed complete renewal with newly cut and painted glass.

Kemp Window

St Elizabeth and St John. Sarum College Chapel, Salisbury. 

The rebuilding of a badly vandalized window by Charles Kempe studios which had had St Elizabeth and child John the Baptist figures almost entirely smashed away. Fortunately there was a faded photograph which enabled me to recreate an accurate reconstruction of the original.