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 Posted: Mon Aug 8th, 2011 12:35 pm
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The weekend installation.
Lead overlay, gold leafed.
Originally made by Nicola D'Ascenzo of Philadelphia ( 1929 )
Destroyed in fire 2010

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More pictures

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 Posted: Mon Aug 8th, 2011 10:35 pm
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Wow, That's impressive!

Excellent job Michael.



 Posted: Tue Aug 9th, 2011 02:38 am
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Very nice Michael.
I remember seeing the originals in the early eighties when it was the Fidelity Bank Building. Somebody regilded them then.
There are (were) three of them.
Did you reproduce all three?



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Lovely windows--really well done!

Nonnie



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This is the South window. The Center window will be install this weekend.

The North window is okay, no damage from the fire.

Thanks for the comments, it was an interesting project.

Michael



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More information of this project and the process can be seen at;

 http://www.mezalick.com/MDS/goldleaf.html

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Michael

PS @ David, Do you know who did the re-gilding?



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Michael, are the windows fired to retain the gold leafing...and is the gold leafing to the inside, or the outside.......and is there exterior glazing, or is that even considered?  Thanks....Barbara in Michigan



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Barbara,
Firing  is not the way to adhere gold to it's substrate.
It was done in the very old traditional method of gilding.
First the lead was primed with a specialized etching primer.
Once dried, the sizing ( glue) was applied and let to sit for 12 hours before it reached it's correct "tack" .
The gold ( 23K) was applied in the traditional manner and burnished.
It is a very time consuming process but one that will last many 10's, if not 100's, of years.
The lead overlays are on the exterior and the interior of the window.
We needed to make mirror images of several of the more elaborate designs so that they would line up.
Exterior glazing was not considered as the client wanted to maintain the historical look of the building, and protection and / or heat loss does not appear to be a concern.
Michael

 

PS Gold is on both interior and exterior

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I don't know who did the regilding. I only heard it was a husband/wife team from outside the city- I actually thought at the time it might be you.
The project was run by a center city architect- Saylor and whoever he was partnered up with at the time. The job had weird parameters. Had to be done over night and in situ. That and the requirement to hire union carpenters to set up the scaffolding probably made me overprice it.

Loved the photos though a little confusing.
Did you make molds and cast the lead elements or did you make molds and repousse' lead sheet into them?



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Thanks David for the information.

As for the lead and the molds, I made a positive and negative mold and pressed the sheet lead between.

On some of the larger items a bit of rpousse work was done.

Michael



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Totally awesome!

I think we need some of those lead molds for our auction in pittsburgh



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How about a panel?

I have extra.

Michael



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I want to come visit your studio.
Say hello to Matt and see all the cool stuff you have!
Lets paint!



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Anytime, bring the paper template for the frame.

Michael



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