Tiffany lamps are a creation of magnificence.The beauty of a Tiffany Lamp will add brilliant vibrant colors and also add the class of craftsmanship to your home and be the envy of your street. It is recorded that the first Tiffany lamp was created around 1895.
Each one of these beautiful lamps is individually handmade by clever craftsman.Nothing is mass produced in regards to the tiffany lamp production. Tiffany lamps will add to the creative decore of your home.
They are made in a variety of styles.
Tiffany style ceiling lamps
Tiffany style table lamps
Tiffany style lamp stands
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Geometric shapes like squares, triangles, ovals and rectangles are all used to make up patterns by the Tiffany lamp craftsman.They basically make two shapes the flowered cones and globe lamps which follow the theme of nature.These can be dragonflies, spiders, butterflies, flowers and peacock feathers.
Tiffany lamp shades are made from beautiful pieces of stained glass, which are meticulously cut, with the rough edges ground smooth and fitted into the lead and soldered together.Unless you have seen any type of stained glass work made it is incredible just how much work goes into making items.
For instance to make a plain glass lampshade it is still a work of art.You have to cut each individual piece out and fit them into a jig. Then you start putting all the pieces of each side of the lamp together, fitting the lead in between.The figures at the bottom will explain how each side is made.When this is complete you have to make the other side the same. Now is the hard part, you either need someone to hold it all together or use a frame, then tack the top and bottom with solder.
As you can imagine this has to have pieces of wire or similar tacked across from one side to the other at the top to hold it in the round shape of a lamp.It now has to be carefully turned upside down and the same done to make sure it is kept in a perfect round shape.When satisfied with the way it looks it all has to be soldered together.
As I said this is an easy twenty four piece lamp.Can you now imagine how much work would need to go into making one of the Tiffany Lamps with hundreds of little pieces needed to be cut shaped and fitted and soldered together?
In this second pattern you can see how all the pieces have to be the exact right size to fit into the required shapes. With this lamp it is even harder as you have to put all the pieces together in the bottom skirt part.Then do the same with the top half. Once that is done you still have to join the skirt to the top.So next time you see a leadlight lamp in a shop remember just what you have learned about the work involved in making one.
Some use what is called the Copper Foil method – You need a pattern to start with and most people use a cardboard template for each piece or shape.The glass then has to be cut out to the same size and shape. Each piece of glass is then cleaned to allow the copper foil to stick to the edges.Each piece is then meticulously fitted back together and soldered on both sides.
When a lamp is completed it has to be washed thoroughly and every little piece of excess solder removed. Then the decision is made whether to have a black or copper finish. Liquid black patina is rubbed on for a black finish, or copper patina for copper colored finish.
If anyone is interested in learning this most wonderful and interesting craft of stained glass and leadlighting then check out your local colleges or Tafes. It may even end up being a career change for you. It just takes a lot of perseverance and patience.
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