More Stained Glass Lanterns

More Stained Glass Lanterns

In between bigger projects which involve a lot of preparation and planning, I’ve been ‘upgrading’ more lanterns. It’s easy enough to find small lanterns to buy online or in discount home shops and garden centres. And I was able to get a big batch of small tea-light lanterns which had been bought for a wedding reception, and only used once, on Ebay.

The simplest upgrade is just to replace the glass panels with identically sized pieces of stained glass. This can take a little planning as the glass supplied is often very thin and fitting 3mm or 4mm stained glass panels involves some measuring and fiddling with clips and fixings inside the lanterns. Wissmach ‘Florentine’ glass works especially well and transforms the basic lantern into something quite special.

But it’s also possible to make up soldered panels as I described in this post, even for small lanterns. Here, I took two small lanterns – they are about 15cm high overall – in one I replaced the plain glass with blue Florentine glass while in the other, I used opalescent glass to make foiled and soldered panels which have an abstract ‘landcape’ look. These look good even when not lit.

A final lantern upgrade also used opalescent glass panels – this was particularly successful and looks very striking when lit, especially with a colour-changing LED in it.

The lanterns are a nice way of using small pieces – even offcuts – of stained glass to enhance simple objects and make them unique and decorative.

Patrick Carmichael

Experiments in stained glass and other media.

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