Saturday, February 18, 2012

18" Tiffany Hanging Lotus Reproduction in the works...




This latest project has just short of 1800 individual pieces of glass. I generally do backgrounds prior to blossoms as this allows total attention to how the flow in the background is working out without the distraction of the more colorful blooms. I usually don't think of cutting glass as tedious but in a background such as the one seen here, that term did upon occasion come to mind. Basically the biggest goal in terms of the design was to give an impression of flickering shadows over the water. As one approaches the top of the design, the pieces get almost minuscule, which will cause foiling to be a challenge as well. With the presence of so many narrow stems and verticals in the water, I'm not out of the woods yet as the many layers of foil will cause the width of the design to grow.  Additional touch-up grinding will solve the problem but will involve a great amount of time as it takes place during the foiling and waxing to the form part of the process. To the right is one of the four sections completely cut out. Without a doubt, developing the blooms in a realistic manner is the most exciting part of the project other than the first time the lamp is removed from the form. Because the mylar pattern is not clear, the lamp without anything behind the glass will be much more brilliant and sparkling. I can't wait to see that, but it's quite a ways down the road as yet. Larry

5 comments:

Sunray Gardens said...

Those are really beautiful Larry. I love the design and hope you will show us your finished product. Have a nice weekend.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Larry, WOW---that's amazing. I love Tiffany lamps --but had no idea how many pieces of glass were in them. I guess I had just never thought.... You have your work cut out for you--but just think how gorgeous it will be when finished... Thanks for sharing. Hope you shoulder is better.
Betsy

Gardeningbren said...

Awesome to see the process Larry. Will you show more photos as you build this piece? Hope so. Truly lovely.

Larry said...

Thanks all... I will be glad to share more photos from time to time throughout the development of this shade! Larry

Alistair said...

Larry, wow you are certainly not a one trick pony.