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Selecting The Right Glass For Lamp Shades

By Mariko Moriyama

The famed Louis Comfort Tiffany, a creative personality from the 1900s, was responsible for the development of Tiffany lamp shades. Louis Tiffany was a son of the entrepreneur who set up the eponymous jewelry chain that is scattered in towns all over the international world currently. The Tiffany lamp shades are made up of panes of stained glass framed in metal, the construction of which mirrors church windows. When lit, they became brilliant scenes drawn from natural scenes such as animals, insects and landscapes.

Artists who work with glass and aspire to make stained lamp shades need to choose the types of colors to put into the lamp. The look of a pane depends on many factors. Chief among these are the thickness and evenness of glass, and also the little bits of imperfections that add character.

One way to envision how to pick the right kinds of glass is to think of the richness of colors seen in a real garden. The colors found in the color are not only varied, but have different subtleties like textures, speckles, and splashes of other colors. Picking out panes is similar – each has its own personality and richness.

Yet another helpful hint in picking out glass is to lay them next to each other and shine light with different temperatures on them. Light has something called a “spectrum”, which is basically all the wavelengths that are emitted. Different spectra lead to different kinds of impact on how a piece of glass looks.

Color selection usually precedes shape selection. Upright torchieres are often used for lighting up rooms with soft light. The term torchiere is synonymous with standing lamp. There are a number of shade shapes for torchieres, but perhaps one of the most popular is the cone lamp shade. The diameters and available hues are quite varied for upright lamp shades. Make sure you have the right size by finding out the top width, in addition to the fitter width on the bottom.

A number of other shapes are available for light shades. A few of the sought after ones are the hurricane shades and the gas shade. The shades that have the hurricane classification are characterized by an hour-glass profile that gets fat in the waist and afterwards getting narrow into a pinched-off neck. Because of its distinctive shape it is a highly striking piece of lighting. The traditional gas light shade hails us from the Victorian age of the United Kingdom. At the time utility gas lighting first became widespread, it gave impetus to societal advancements to the European cultures.

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