Freitag, 18. August 2017

A Dogwood Chandelier

This Dogwood chandelier is one I wanted to make 
for years, but had not enough courage to start with.
It requires a lot of preparation since the pattern has
to be sorted out before you can cut the first piece of
glass, and anyway, not every project has to be made
immediately. Some can wait. The picture below
shows the pattern as it fits to my mold. This mold is
self made, out of styrofoam, coated with plaster.
I was happy there is almost no overlapping, only
1 cm to the bottom, which is quite ok.

The pattern is too large for my light box, I have to
change something about it and decided to continue
on another light box. Should have thought earlier 
about it or a better setting of this pattern, but well...
Taking some darker parts out and replacing them...
small changes are constantly made towards the end.

The pieces are mounted to the mold with wax, which
I removed before soldering, it´s just to keep them
in place until they are tacked together. Removing
the shade from the mold will be easy in the end.
Looks ugly now? well, I am not a perfectionist.
Perfectionists prefer evenly shaped solderlines.
I prefer them to be dynamic, like a drawing that
was made with a brush. Inaccuracies you may
detect now won´t matter at all when the soldering
is finished inside and out.
Towards the top fitting the pieces and soldering 
goes faster than on the bottom.

Sonntag, 23. Oktober 2016

Samstag, 26. September 2015

Comparing two acorn lamp shades

I recently found a picture of an original Acorn lamp wich looks pretty similar to my own lamp,
except its size ( 16" ) is smaller . Mine is  20" .

Montag, 18. Mai 2015

A very unusual Tiffany Chandelier

This lamp, depicted in Duncan´s book Tiffany Lamps and Metalworks caught my attention as it looks so unusual compared to most other types of chandeliers known in general. It sold at Christie´s, I think in 2009 for about 200.000$ . It has 28" in diameter and a lot of pieces, but it´s worth to give it a try.
First step was to sort out the pattern...

and make it fit to the mold. The third attempt to adjust it accurately was finally successful.

Dienstag, 5. Mai 2015

A final comparison

The original Tiffany Geranium lamp ( left ) and my copy of it ( right ).

Samstag, 2. Mai 2015

Mittwoch, 29. April 2015

Donnerstag, 2. April 2015

Mittwoch, 25. März 2015

Donnerstag, 5. Februar 2015

The bars of my cage

I rarely question myself : " what are you doing here ? " , but sometimes it happens. As if I was trying to justify my existence, I switch on all the lights in the living room, then sit down, look around - and can´t help but feeling a bit like an idiot.

Dienstag, 27. Januar 2015

16" Daffodil Lamp Project

 I started this one 3 days ago. It will have to rest now, as I have to work a little for a week or so. Good opportunity to get some distance to this project and then see, what needs to be changed . I found picture (on the left) showing an original lamp as reference. Slight differences in texture or color selection can be tolerated, I´m not going to change the border rows .

finally finished and quite happy with the result. Which one next ?

Mittwoch, 7. Januar 2015

Mittwoch, 24. Dezember 2014

Patience is good, but

sometimes I can´t wait. Soldered the tiles on, none cracked. Soldered the bottom ring on.
It lays perfectly flat and straight as it should. Still a lot of soldering ahead, but I am happy with the result to the present. Proportions look fine, color selection seems acceptable to me ( tastes are very individual, yours might be different ) but I ´m trying my best to judge by quality, not by taste.

Dienstag, 23. Dezember 2014

Off the mold - first view on the Zodiac

Took it off the mold last night. It turned out a bit different from what I had expected, closer to what I had in mind in the very beginning of this project.
What comforts me is it´s touch. I hope no tile will crack when being soldered properly.

Mittwoch, 17. Dezember 2014


soldering vertically isn´t the most fun, but the glass pieces are too lose and I can´t move around the lamp yet. Once they are all tacked together, things will be easier. Hopefully.

Donnerstag, 11. Dezember 2014

Tacking with solder

Foiled pieces are now tacked with solder in parts. I don´t want them to fall off and create cascades...
I´m not quite sure which will be the best way to procede with the large tiles; they stand out too much right now. Probably they will need to be tacked at two points only and then be set properly after the shade is removed from the mold.

Donnerstag, 4. Dezember 2014


Now that all pieces are cut and mounted they can be foiled. Removing the small bits and traces of tacky wax which helped keeping them in place works better than expected. 

Mittwoch, 26. November 2014


I am slow. My hands being sore serve as an excuse. But in fact there is another reason which keeps me off rushing. As long as I don´t see the finished job, I can keep up the dream.

The "other side of the moon"  would unveil too many pieces left to be mounted, so I´d rather not show it. I´m pondering about the best way to solder. Most pieces are stuck with tacky wax- which will need to be removed before soldering, otherwise removing the shade from its mold will cause too
many problems, as my mold is made of plaster and not fiberglass. The method I used on the Salamander lamp was better.

Samstag, 15. November 2014

The nasty job

Most people who do stained glass on a higher level use to work systematically. Am I not on a higher level or just sort of disabled ? My pattern sheets aren´t complete, because of some minor irregularities in comparison to the pattern sections of the mold. These are okay, and will not be noticed by the viewer, once the lamp is finished, so there is still a lot of tuning ahead.

Dienstag, 7. Oktober 2014

Cutting almost finished

The quality I can achieve will always depend on the material I have. In this particular case it´s
limited and the choice therefore just as well. The golden brown will have to be mixed out of various leftovers.

Samstag, 20. September 2014


There is no need for hurry. My pattern is not absolutely precise in terms of regularity and the glass pieces will need individual adjustment again, so I can forget asking myself how long it will take to get finished. The journey is the reward.

Sonntag, 31. August 2014

Zodiac lamp - the glass selection

It took me a while to make up my mind which one of the various zodiac colour combinations would suit me best. It was also a matter of glass that I have in stock. In this case Lins seemed the most suitable .

Dienstag, 15. Juli 2014

This picture was made with my old Leica Digilux 1. 

Mittwoch, 2. Juli 2014

It´s off the mold

Shot with I-phone, which means the colours appear brighter than they are in reality. Still some work to do : change some glass pieces, add some to the back, finishing etc. The second picture was taken
with a Sony camera. Only one socket on this base.