Unique Stained Glass Chandelier

Jun 2nd

Stained glass chandelier – basic technique for making stained chandelier was developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany in early twentieth century. This method consisted of copper foil wrap around edges of each separate piece of glass and for welding together in a mold in a three dimensional shape. Modern techniques have simplified process, adding adhesive to one side of copper foil and user-friendly development fiberglass molds Styrofoam or instead of wood used by Tiffany studies. Two main systems using molds have become popular Odyssey and HL Worden. Another technique, called panel lamps, is a simpler process and does not require a mold for assembly.

Stained Glass Chandelier Vintage
Stained Glass Chandelier Vintage

Odyssey system uses fiberglass molds specifically designed for a stained glass chandelier pattern with lines of molded parts in shape of lamp itself pattern. A thin layer of grout rubbed on form to help delineate lines of pattern. This technique also uses sticky wax to hold shaped glass lamp instead of pins. Lamp patterns were taken directly from original pencil rubbings Tiffany lamps. a copy paper pattern and another Mylar is provided. Mylar pattern is cut and used to trace pattern on stained glass chandelier for cutting. glass pieces are cut and fit mold, which then covered with sticky wax wrapped with copper foil and soldered seams. Is then removed from mold, hardware of lamp, and inner and accounts tinned installed, and then outside is molded. Final steps are cleaning, treatment of weld lines with patina if desired, a final cleaning and waxing.

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