Skylight Dove Window Repair 2010

Renovation of Ascension's Dalle de Verre stained glass Dove skylight window. Dalle de Verre is a technique that was developed in Europe for use in early Christian churches. Originally, colored chunks of glass were set into stone or clay. The panel medium was updated in the twentieth century with the use of concrete. Eventually in the 1950's epoxy resin was used because of its bonding capabilities and thermal expansion characteristics. This resin has deteriorated in places from the harsh Arizona climate and was becoming a hazard with pieces of the glass separating from the epoxy and falling onto the chancel below. The process of repairing the bonding of the glass to the resin, along with the replacement of a clear protective cover above it shielding the stained glass from having direct contact with the elements, began in October 2010.

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