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[Stained Glass Gems] All About Making Glass Beads
November 14, 2009
Issue #011 All About Lampshades
Greetings to all of my stained glass friends. These Stained Glass Gemshave been found during my frequent browsing and deep digging for helpful and or unusual stained glass web sites, as well as other information pertaining to stained glass. I have a long list that I will share with you over the months ahead. I do hope that there's a gem or two that will brighten your day and be helpful during your stained glass journey.
This month's ezine is about something I truly enjoy...making lampshades. It goes beyond the basic instructions for
Making a Panel Lampshade that can be found
on my web site.
1. Panel Lamps
2.Form Made Lampshades
The Odyssey System uses fiberglass forms, with all of them being full forms. Their patterns are mainly copies of
original Tiffany lampshades, and they have all of the accessories, fittings and hardware needed to make your lampshade
as close to a Tiffany original as possible. The fiberglass forms will last for years, although once you spend 3 to 6 months
making a 500 to 1000 or more piece lampshade, you probably won't feel like making another one just like it in the
foreseeable future! You can go Here to see how many pieces
are in each Odyssey pattern.
The Worden System uses styrofoam forms (reusable) to construct the lampshade on. Some of the forms are full forms, others are sectional. With the sectional forms, the lamp is constructed in 3 to 6 sections, then assembled into a complete lampshade. The forms and patterns are purchased separately because the forms are generic shapes and sizes, and there are quite a few patterns to choose from for each shape and size.
Worden patterns are mainly Tiffany style, not Tiffany copies, but there are quite few Tiffany copies available. I have
made the B24-07 Hanging Head Dragonfly T (1000 pieces)several times. It takes a lot of work, but it's a beautiful lampshade and well worth the time.
Both Odyssey and Worden have a grid for designing your own, so you are not limited to their designs if you want to
design your own lampshade and build it on a form.
A very simple way to design your own panel lampshade is to find a pattern for a lampshade that has the shape and
dimensions that you want. Copy the outline of one panel and draw in your own design. Just remember to measure the
sides of the pattern (after you draw it) to make sure they are exactly the same length. If they are off, even by
the smallest measurement, either the top or the bottom of your finished lampshade will be uneven.
Here is a picture of the inside of a panel lampshade with a spider instead of a vase cap. I like using spiders if I want light coming out of the top of the lampshade.
To use a spider you will:
Paul Crist Studios has a catalog of the hardware most often requested...mainly accessories such as caps and knobs. They have divided these lamp parts into two sections, one devoted to their extensive line of standard Tiffany hardware and another that covers a variety of other American makers.
Grand Brass Lamp Parts carries just about anything the serious lampshade maker would ever want or need.
National Art Craft has lamp parts and lamp making supplies,
but be ready for a minimum order of $30. However, they have parts that are hard to find. There is also a wiring guide for anyone that wants to wire their own lamp base.
This Reading Lamp is similar to lamps one of my students used to make.
She would get used eye glass lenses from the local optometrist and do the following:
Her shades were absolutely delightful and in great demand. She also made shades using just glass gems/globs. They were equally as charming.
Here's how the lampshades are made that we see at WalMart, Target, and some lighting stores.
I wouldn't enjoy making lampshades very much if I had to do this all day!
Delphi Stained Glass Supplies
is a place where I have bought many supplies online and over the phone for many years. Some very helpful people
work there, and I recommend Delphi as a reliable place to order your supplies. By the way, they sell lampwork
Do you need a pattern resizer or a design program? I can highly recommend
Pattern Wizard and Rapid
Resizer. They are reasonably priced and you get a fairly long free trial before you
have to commit to paying for them. You have the option of buying one or the other or
Just in case you don't know, the Stained Glass Gems ezine is
mailed out the third Sunday of every month. Be on the look out for [Stained Glass Gems] Issue 12 on
Sunday, December 20th.
I want to encourage you to have fun and experiment with your glass. Try new things and different techniques. It's amazing what you can do when you "think outside the box."
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