After five weeks of spending my Tuesday nights indoors, I finally have something fantastic to show for it – my very own stained glass lamp.
I grew tremendously through this class. I’ve taken plenty of craft classes in the past, but none quite like the Beginner to Stained Glass course at the Glass Place. In May, I had no idea what I was getting into. I didn’t realize the blood, sweat, and tears (or rather, cutters, grinders, foil, and soldering) that went into creating something so beautiful (I should have known). But it was all worth it during those last final moments of class, our tops finally affixed to a lamp base, our efforts burning bright. I chose a piece of glass that seemed to best represent me and, ironically, these are the colors I see most while doing my daily meditation.
I couldn’t believe how much the colors of the glass changed as I lit the bulb. I never expected the lamp to look so dark, actually. For a moment, I found myself disappointed, as if I’d chosen the wrong glass. But now I see the beauty in the dark night light, and more than anything I’m just proud of what I accomplished. This is the glass in its natural state, without light:
You’ll never quite know what it takes to put together a stained glass lamp until you actually do it. I cut each panel of this top from a large sheet of glass. I then cut out the pattern, using a grinder to buffer the edges. I foiled the edges (that’s what creates that black line), and then got to work soldering the entire lamp shade together. Toward the end, we attached a “cap” to our lamps using the soldering device.
One of my favorite parts of the process is using what’s called “Patina” on the silver foiling. It turns those light shades into a rich dark, making the lamp look much more professional, hiding any obvious blemishes. Sometimes I can’t even believe I crafted this – I am in love.