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Dominic Commane Studio

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Stained Glass Restoration & Design

Dominic offers a knowledgeable, informative & friendly service, drawing on 34 years of experience of architectural Stained Glass, & its settings. In all instances the quality of finish & attention to detail is paramount & Dominic’s passion & enthusiasm for this medium will show. From a one off domestic repair in situ, to the removal & full restoration of a religious painted stained Glass Window that has bowed & leaks, or the design of a new window. He offers a breadth of knowledge on historic & listed buildings, and an extensive glass matching service through to a full hand painted window. New commissions are available from hand drawn miniatures, watercolour, up to a full cartoon. We also re size original panels sensitively to fit a new opening of a different size. Please contact Dominic to discuss your requirements.

Portfolio of recent case studies

 

Ford Heath Fanlight

Ford Heath Fanlight

This fanlight, from a former Methodist Chapel was carefully removed from its rotting frame, to facilitate the replacement of the whole door frame & door, by a highly skilled joiner. The glass has been carefully cleaned, the ruby border has been fully replaced due to the original border being heavily scratched from sand paper, & the lead line blank has been re drawn to remove inaccuracies in the leading, each segment being re made to a template to guarantee an accurate fit.

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Chiswick

Chiswick

A property consultant & interior designer got in touch as she was project manager of works on her own home in Chiswick, London. Following several purchases from a prominent local reclamation business, many of these beautiful Victorian & Edwardian panels required re working & re sizing to fit new openings. The challenge of making the end result look completely original was both exciting & enjoyable.

This work was not without its challenges, both in terms of visual design & glass matching. However this has given privacy to an overlooked bedroom window in a mansard roof, as well as the clever re use of a beautiful hand painted widow that had suffered central damage from being bent, the components have been carefully re worked in to a double door scheme.

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Chapel House

Chapel House Stained Glass

The works at Chapel House came about by a professional recommendation. The windows of this former Shropshire Sunday School Chapel form such a vital aspect of its structure & vernacular, due to the size, scale & age, presenting the present owner with several common challenges. The original glass dating from the 1860’s had bowed & leaked badly in wet weather, as well as being peppered with poor repairs. Two of the windows had been removed during the 1980’s & poorly re leaded to facilitate replacement wooden sills.

Five of these large windows were removed from the rotten timber frames; a local specialist joinery company removed the old frames, & replaced them with high quality units in Douglas Fir. Due to the size & mitre top, templates were supplied to aid re fitting. The panels were fully stripped & re leaded, the original steel pivot casements overhead were re-instated and the introduction of clear tints to the base cuts allowed a visual connection with outside, whilst the upper sections remained obscure for privacy in the bedrooms. Now all watertight, as well as a run-away at the base to loose condensation, this has returned this simple scheme to its former glory.

I met Dominic through a professional recommendation. From the moment he stepped into Chapel House, I knew he was the man for the job. His knowledge and genuine enthusiasm for his craft is nulli secundis. Dominic lovingly restored the broken, leaking harlequin windows, stripping back the years of grime, neglect and botched repairs from each individual diamond panel. With Dominic's wonderful eye for detail and artistic flair, I gave him free reign on this project. The windows were restored to far better than even new! They are the feature on which everyone comments, and the look of awe on the faces of passers by who stop to admire Dominic's windows is a pure joy to me.

Gabriela Cartwright

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Chiswick Panels for Juliet Balcony

Chiswick - New Tip Cut Panels for Juliet Balcony

The design brief was to create privacy for a dressing room which is overlooked by neighbouring properties. The delicate pastel tints were selected from restoration glass, along with glass jewels for the junctions to give a feel of opulence & luxury to this traditional pattern known as ‘tip cut’ due to the pointed ends of the lozenge quarries.

Two full length panels have been made from new materials to glaze a pair of French Windows to the Juliet balcony.

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Art Nouveau Glass

Art Nouveau Glass - over door panel

This lovely original Art Nouveau Glass was originally divided in to 8 separate panels, from a wooden frame. The glass has been removed, stripped from its lead & carefully cleaned to remove road film & pollution.

It has then been sensitively re sized & re leaded into one panel for a transom light, above a front door. This now gives a glistening period touch in keeping with the house.

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Enamelled Glass Door

Enamelled Glass Door

This beautiful antique painted enamel panel was brought to the work shop by clients requiring its enlargement, following a new border scheme to fit the larger opening to the front door of their beautiful historic home. Having adapted the original door to accept the revised stained glass, it’s now in pride of place & very much enjoyed.

Dominic enlarged a beautiful Victorian stained glass panel and fitted it to the front door of my 17th century house. He also provided and installed suitable lighting to replace unseemly spotlights in my sitting room.

His ideals and the quality of his workmanship were far above anything I could have hoped for. I told him he didn't charge enough!

Peter Stafford

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"I am the Light of the World " Panel

"I am the Light of the World"

The ‘I am the light of the world’ panel was in fragments with the lantern section missing. The photos below show the restoration process. The panel had to be re leaded & the missing sections designed & repainted. The work is now fully restored.

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St Augustines

St Augustines

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‘Suffer little children to come unto me’

Part of an original window by John Hardman’s of Birmingham, re set in the 1960’s.

This window was badly damaged by a football and broken. The broken pieces were removed, the repair was then repainted completed & then installed.

Baptism of Lydia

This window had been very badly repaired in the past so it needed to be removed, restored & re instated.

After all the badly glued & mastic bodged repairs had been removed, this window was faithfully repaired, repainted & replaced.

‘They brought him up to Jerusalem’

Our ladies Blue gown was broken & in need of replacement. The gown was faithful repainted on hand made blue glassto replace a badly damaged piece of glass.