Stained glass lamp repairs like this dragon fly lamp shade that I’m working on. Are performed on lamps crafted using a copper foil technique of construction. Basically where every piece of stained glass is wrapped with foil then soldered in place creating a unique lamp design. Tiffany stained glass lamp work almost always involves the copper technique. Hence the term stained glass lamp repair includes lamps also made by Tiffany. But it’s not always the case.
Stained glass lamp repair
Stained glass lamp repairs are becoming popular over the past thirty years. Back in the 1970’s my studio was a large supplier of Dale Tiffany Lighting Inc. and the company Meyda Lighting of New York. Both have created a huge demand for Tiffany style lamp repairs. As you can guess they are imported China lighting fixtures. They have incredible detail which accedes the detail used on genuine Tiffany lamps. They are incredibly prices based on the labor. Again the Tiffany stained glass lamp repair issues have become popular in the past thirty years. Many of the earlier imports which came from Mexico are constructed using domestic glass made here in the USA. But the Tiffany stained glass lamp repairs imported in the past ten years are extremely hard to repair because the same stained glass in not available for restoration or repairs. .
In this Dragon Fly stained glass lamp repair
You can see the stained glass pieces are all unique but most likely came from the same sheet of glass. While performing this stained glass repair I saved as many of the broken pieces of glass and used them to cut some of the smaller pieces needed to perform the stained glass lamp repair. In the end it was only necessary to custom cut 6-10 new pieces of domestic glass to finish this stained glass lamp repair. Below you can see the stained glass lamp work from the inside of the lamp. The copper is still exposed which will be covered with two layers of solder. Then a black patina will be added to blend in the solder work with the original work.