Donnerstag, 12. Oktober 2017

Colour selection and cutting finished

When the amount of a glass you have for a particular 
project is limited and no more of it being made, it 
is important not to run out of it, before all your pieces
 are cut, otherwise you have a problem. I was lucky
to end with almost no waste, but used a saw to avoid
any risks in breakage. This Lins seems easy, but is
 difficult to cut ( for me ), it´s structure and physical
density is changing considerably within inches.

Donnerstag, 5. Oktober 2017

Which colour for the insects ?

I´ve used a subtle color gradient from golden yellow
into dark amber for the background. The wings are
transparent with fractures and look almost natural.

Montag, 2. Oktober 2017

Finally hanging



I copper plate with liquid, which works instantly,
but will produce a  relatively thin coat of copper.


Freitag, 29. September 2017

First comparison - Two Dogwood Chandeliers

Curious what my shade would look like, compared 
to its model, I set it towards a similar background.
Anyway, this is just a modest attempt and not quite 
accurate, because the model is a scanned print .

Donnerstag, 28. September 2017

Attaching the beaded chain to the bottom ring.

Quite a tricky job. But with a little patience it will
fit the way it should. My back is sore.

Sonntag, 24. September 2017

Off the mold - first glimpse

Although the result should not be surprising, it is
still a thrill every time I take a shade of its mold 
for the first time. Details I had not considered enough
show up, others that I had overestimated appear less
relevant, but generally spoken, this is the most exciting
moment to me. From now on the shade will look better
with every further step towards its final completion.

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.