Archive for May, 2014

Stained Glass Name’s

This next project was for our two newest grandchildren. I decided that we would work a piece using something I learned when I was young.  My father taught me to write my name in bubble letters and I use to doodle names all the time using the bubble letters. I thought it would be something different to try in stained glass. The letters were easy to draw, but cutting them was not as easy as I thought, thank goodness for the saw. I still have two more to do. I hope the kids enjoy them. I enjoyed making them and plan to make some more with regular letters next time.

 

 

 

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Stained Glass Panels to Spruce Up Your Home

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Stained glass panels are great ways to add color, style and atmosphere to your home. They are relatively inexpensive and allow you to dress up a space or room without major renovation, which can be time consuming, dirty and not to mention expensive.

Many people still associate old churches and cathedrals with stained glass with themes that depict biblical scenes. But stained glass have long ago moved into homes and used as decoration. Model themes can range from logos of your favor professional sport teams to replicas of famous Tiffany glass designs. Color glass Panels comes in different designs, themes, and sizes that is sure to compliment and enhance any room or space in your home.

There are many opportunities to use stained glass panels inside your home. Here are a few suggestions on where to use stained glass for updating or remodeling your home:

Windows. A panel can be used instead of shutters or drapes to provide privacy or hide an unpleasant view, without blocking out natural light. The colored glass can also add color to a room when the panel is in a location where sunlight can pass through it.

Room divider. A panel can be used as a room divider to separate two living areas instead of putting up a permanent wall. You can either pick a design that blends in with the surrounding furnishing or that stand out as the focal point.

A stained glass panel suspended from the ceiling in a bathroom would work great as a privacy screen to separate the toilet area from the rest of the bathroom.

Fireplace screen. Panels can be used to dress up an empty black hole when you’re not using the fireplace. If you don’t want to separate panels together to make a screen, there are screens made specifically for fireplaces.

Doors. Use a panel to give an old entry way a face lift. Just by hanging a panel to the side light of an old door will seemingly give the door a new life. If you are handy with tools you can substitute the side light glass with the panel.

Gifts. Stained glass panels make unique one-of-a-kind gifts for housewarming, anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, etc. Since each panel is handmade, no two are exactly the same, even ones made by the same person.

Glass panels are relatively inexpensive items that can add value to a house. A well glass made panel permanent installed, such as in a skylight, window casing, or door can increase the resell value of a house, and a framed or standalone panels made by a particular artisan or shop could even appreciate over time.

There are many style, design and color combinations that are sure to suit your style and décor. However, if you can’t find what you like off-the-shelf, there are plenty of local artisans and companies that can custom make a stained glass panel to your exacting requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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http://goarticles.com/article/Ideas-for-Using-Stained-Glass-Panels-to-Spruce-Up-Your-Home/4029220/

 

 

Vintage Lighting: Action Lamps, Stained Glass Lighting and Lava Lamps are here to Stay!

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Since the early part of the 20th century lighting designers have created lamps and fixtures to captivate our senses. Much like the tranquility one feels staring at a warming fire or the excitement one feels staring at the spectacle of a lightening storm, accent lamps – those with colorful stained glass patterns, mythical figures, pastoral scenes or action, evoke our emotions.

While illumination is a function of lighting, many of the lamps of the sensory ilk, including lava lamps of the 50′s and 60′s, and animated action lamps of the 20′s and again in the 1950′s, favor more the sense of accent, entertainment and decoration than the practical function of task lighting.

Static yet colorful stained glass lighting appeals as eye candy. Beautiful patterns of Wisteria, Iris, and nature captivate, whether lit or not. Not much has changed since pioneer Louis Comfort Tiffany introduced his first stained glass art lamps more than 100 years ago. Vintage original Tiffany fixtures can be bought for more than the cost of a down payment for a San Francisco home. (see: http://www.chandeliers-and-home-lighting.com/tiffany-chandelier.htm )

Motion lamps, like the animated lamps of the 1920′s, feature popular scenes such as water cascading over Niagra Falls or flames burning around a log. It’s no wonder why advertisers sought to reintroduce action lamps again in the 1950′s. In the 50′s these moving lamps were brought back to life featuring Cole Swimwear models or popular snacks and drinks such as popcorn or coke and would rest upon the counter of a bar for all to enjoy!

Lava lamps also captured our fascination with colorful lighting and movement. Today, these, and the above mentioned vintage lamps, continue to be popular. Collectors may seek higher valued originals, whereas the homeowner may be just as happy with a modern day reproduction. Adding to the feel of a place, these kinds of fixtures are here to stay!

 

 

 

 

 

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Nicole Martins is a contributing author and publisher to http://www.chandeliers-and-home-lighting.com an online resource providing you with information, articles of interest and reviews of popular and name brand chandeliers, floor lamps and table lamps.