Project of the Month for January, 2006
Princeton University, Jones Hall
This project involved the restoration of Two cast lead wall sconces flanking the entry doors. Due to the soft nature of the metal and the age of the sconces, they were in very bad condition.
We photographically documented the condition of the sconces and went to work making molds for casting new lead components to be grafted onto the sconces. New lead doors were fabricated from the architect's drawings, lined with tempered glass and backed by frosted amber art glass to match the few remaining pieces. The tempered glass had a stiffening effect on the lead door frames.
New, 16 ga. stainless steel back plates were fabricated and attached to help reinforce the original lead faceplates. A patina was applied to the new lead components to match the existing patina. Finally, the fixtures were re-wired.