Selecting Glass

Well, “side” 1 is ground and foiled and ready to go…once I finish the other two.

Since there’s not too much happening, I thought I would talk about glass selection for a project of this scale. There are lists of suggested glasses to used to match the original Tiffany designs, but what fun would that be? (Actually, we couldn’t find the list when we started, so I have no idea what the suggested colors are) We went with glass that we had in stock and that would be beautiful with light behind it. In general, with a lamp, you want glass that will let light through (translucent) but that you can’t actually see through (transparent): you want to see that your lamp is on and hopefully get some light from it but you don’t want to see the lamp parts, like light bulbs.

I chose Yougiogheny for most of the lamp. This glass meets all the necessary criteria and is really beautiful to boot. This company also makes Tiffany reproduction colors and offers suggestions for color combinations for the lamps. Generally, this glass is more expensive and can be tricky to work with sometimes, but with a project that you’re likely going to spend multiple months on, you want something that will be beautiful, no matter the cost (in money or your sanity).

Selecting Glass

The green for leaves is Yougiogheny 4444HS, a dark green opal mottled glass. The mottle means it has little spots on it (works great for frogs), and the coloring doesn’t have any direction. These are both nice qualities for foliage because it looks sun dappled, but you don’t have to stress about how you orient your pieces to cut them out. The color is also pretty much the same throughout any given sheet, unlike some of the other choices. The stems and underside of the leaves are Spectrum “Congo,” 6022-82CC, clear, white, olive moss. This color is bright and lighter than the leaves, so it stands out in the ocean of pieces.

For the background (water) I picked Yougiogheny 1634SP, ice white, green, blue and purple. My sheet didn’t have a huge amount of green, but it’s a beautiful sheet of glass. The color is not as even on this glass as with the green, and there is a definite direction to the color, so I had to be a little more crafty with my cutting. I tried to use the lighter sections of class for the top of the lamp and the darker for the bottom, thinking that as the flowers and leaves get denser there would be less light and therefore darker water. We’ll see if that plan worked out.

The waterlilies themselves are Yougiogheny Laburnum SP, autumn gold and yellow gold. This glass is also mottled and the color ranges dramatically from an extremely dark golden color to a very very light yellowish tint. I tried to but pieces to make the flowers look natural, but again, we’ll see how it goes at the end.

Finally, I wanted and needed a bright color pop for the border. I chose Wissmach WO 28, red orange and white wispy, for the border. We got some of this glass in a few months ago and I have been obsessed with it! The color is bright and vibrant and will hopefully make all the other colors pop. Red is the natural compliment of green and orange is the natural compliment of blue, so it should pop the water and leaves, while the purple in the water will harmonize with the yellow flowers. Pretty dang perfect.

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