|Fresh off the form and in need of a bath.|
|The snow is melting, but it's rather drab out there.|
|March 30. Yep, lots of snow and NO I didn't get the Christmas deer put away yet, either.|
And since we still have so much snow, there are definitely no daffodils in sight, either, though there are a few popping up next to the house foundation on the south side.
So, since there's no daffodils outside to talk about yet we'll have to be satisfied with indoor daffodils, as in the Tiffany reproduction 'Daffodil' lampshade we just finished this weekend.
|Carl labeling the repeats in early February. We use old house windows to hold the copies.|
|Window pattern for petals|
|Petals, we have petals, we have lots and lots of petals.|
|Paper template of the leaves and stems.|
Our stained glass stash is far dearer to me than any of my fabric so this makes glass selection even more fraught with anxiety. Good stained glass is hard for us to get and very expensive, not to mention the time involved in the labor of actually making the shade. If my color choices aren't good, the end result is an ugly lamp. And, not to cast blame, but it would be All My Fault. No pressure.
|Uroboros glass in two shades of green with yellow.|
|Nothing left to lay out here but background and borders.|
|Uroboros blue and green mottle for background.|
I got a kick out of stacking them all up like cookies. (Yeah, I'm a bit obsessed with cookies yet, can you tell?)
|All labeled and ready for foiling.|
|Look it's a crude daffodil! Can you see the dots on each piece denoting the repeat number?|
|Applying copper foil to each piece.|
|A big glass jigsaw puzzle. Find the right repeat.|
|Just a few left to do.|
|Whoa, this is one LOUD lamp.|
The center mottles on the daffodils worked out pretty well.
|Time to transfer the pattern to the form.|
I didn't take any photos of the lamp on the form before soldering. Carl handles that job by himself, and my hat is off to him, he's good at it. Keeping the borders nice and straight and everything even would drive me batty. By the time he was soldering this shade, I was hard at work on the Big Wisteria which we started in mid-March. Carl had to wait until the snow melted enough so he could get his shop door open since he once again opted to solder out there, in the cold. He said it wasn't so bad this time as it was in January when he soldered the Pony Wisteria, but he still came in shivering uncontrollably after three or four hours of sitting on an upside down five gallon pail despite having a heater running.
|Please Release Me, Let Me Go|
After hours of soldering, Carl was finally done with the outside of the shade this past week. Joel was home and helped with taking the glass off the form. Carl was using a heat gun and spinning the lamp around rapidly, trying to heat the glass enough to melt the beeswax securing it to the form. Joel was mopping up the wax as it started to melt and the five gallon pail was there to catch the lamp in case it released from the mold without anyone catching it.
Around and around we go, and when it releases, nobody knows. These lamps are built using the 'Odyssey' system; the forms are fiberglass and can stand up to the heat of a soldering iron with no damage. But you have to be careful not to overheat the glass, which can crack. Sometimes you have to take a mental health break, turn off the heat gun and just breathe during this process.
After about ten minutes, the wax melted and there you have it, a brand new, gooey and sticky shade, which now has to have reinforcing wires applied and be completely soldered on the inside. Carl will have to adjourn to his solitary shop a few more times for at least another twelve hours total.
But first we have to take some preliminary photos of the not-clean lamp:
Don't worry, the numbers will wash off.
|Carl, surveying where the reinforcing wires will go on the inside.|
Carl finished soldering the shade on Saturday night. It's still in need of a complete cleaning, which entails dental picks and scrubbing and more scrubbing and finally a patina will be applied to the solder to darken it.
I will admit, my color choices are a bit bright, maybe way too bright for some folk's tastes, but Joel says he likes this one the most so far. That's good, because they are heirlooms.
|Good thing we have long winters. Both of these were built in 2012-13.|
Our temperatures are predicted to be a bit below normal for the coming week, but the snow is melting gradually. Mother Nature is taking her good, sweet time delivering daffodils this year, but that's fine with me. We can wait.
They'll be here real soon.