South Philadelphia Stained Glass, located at 1621 E. Passyunk Ave. in South Philly has been on the Avenue for 27 years. "When I came here there was nothing but one little restaurant across the street."
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Manager of South Philadelphia Stained Glass, Frank Sorrentino.
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One large aspect of the business is in the restoration of existing stained glass. This section is 'well over 100 years old, from 17th Street in South Philly.'
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When a custom design is requested, Sorrentino first makes a pattern by tracing a customer's design through clear glass, which is then cut out and used to trace onto the stained glass. This requires him to make each shape twice.
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There is a large inventory of stained glass panels throughout the South Philadelphia workshop, waiting to be used.
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Sorrentino scores the stained glass, snapping off most of the excess pieces with his bare hands.
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According to Sorrentino, he sometimes gets cut, but it didn't seem to be of much concern to him.
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From there Sorrentino uses a diamond-tipped wet grinder to shape each piece.
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A customer wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jacket came in to buy his nephew a stained glass version of the team's logo for Christmas.
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An ongoing restoration of a church window at South Philadelphia Stained Glass.